Long before he became an actor, Bolivar veteran Anupam Kher tried to get a job as a temporary presenter on Shimla’s All India radio but Fate had other things in store for him. In a brief appearance on an AIR program in Shimla on Saturday, at the age of 66, he revealed that he was just 19 years old when he applied for the position on the radio station. Shimlan was a typical cold day in December 1974, when Kher tried to make ads for AIR. However, he failed in his first and only attempt.
Recalling the words of the official that day, Kher said, ‘He told me,‘ I touch your feet, please don’t come to AIR Shimla again ’”.
Thus, Kher AIR Shimla was dismissed as an advertiser on the first day, the veteran actor added.
Kher, who was born and raised in Shimlan, said he has never been condemned for his rejection, believing that failure is the first step on the ladder to success.
“I came today and I’m having success,” the actor said.
Kher confirmed that if they had not been excluded from AIR they would not have entered the theater school and become actors. Ten years later, Kher made his impressive debut in Hindi cinema with the award-winning film “Saransh” by Mahesh Bhatten.
For the next thirty-five years, the actors were critically acclaimed and successful, such as “Darr”, “Karma”, “Sansar”, “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Mohabbatein”, “Veer-Zaara” and “A Wednesday.”
Umesh Kashyap, head of the AIR Shimla program, told PTI that Kher’s visit to the radio was not “pre-planned”.
The actor was with his mother Dulari Kher on their visit and expressed a desire to go to live radio, Kashyap added.
After that, a short program was organized in response to the actor’s request within minutes. Kashyap said Kher was soon ordered to conduct a detailed interview with AIR Shimla.