Mahesh Bhatt is Anupam Kher’s Guru who gave him a break in his film Saaransh in which he has a pivotal role due to which he found a foothold in the film industry. His role essayed as the desperate father of a dead son was much appreciated and honored. So why is that Anupam Kher was angry and had visited his Guru Mahesh Bhatt’s place and insulted him?
You would have read in an interview that Anupam Kher had got selected for the lead role in Saaransh and for which he travelled from Shimla to Mumbai to sign the contract. But when he reached Mumbai he was shocked he was signed for the second lead. This upset Anupam Kher as the second lead role was of that of a friend to the main lead. Anupam Kher went red and was extremely angry. He told Mahesh Bhatt, he had come all the way from Shimla with lot of hopes after he had signed his film and that he had lot of faith on Mahesh Bhatt for giving him this break.
But upon reaching Mumbai when Mahesh Bhatt informed him that Rajshri Productions had signed Sanjeev Kumar in the lead role, as they were not ready to gamble their finance with a new comer like Anupam Kher. It wasn’t Mahesh Bhatt’s fault but he got the brickbats from Anupam Kher.
When Anupam Kher had given a mouthful to Mahesh Bhatt, the latter was upset for a while but did not keep anger. He had understood the plight of Anupam Kher but he was helpless. He had tears in his eyes and he decided he would make Anupam Kher’s role more powerful than the lead actor. The next day he went to Rajshri films and told them if he is making a film, it would only be with Anupam Kher and if they are not interested in the film, he would look for some other producer.
Seeing the confidence of Mahesh Bhatt for Anupam Kher, the Rajshri Production house also decided to go as per his wish and they were happy to see Anupam Kher in the protagonist role. Mahesh Bhatt called up Anupam Kher and gave him this good news. The rest is history. Anupam Kher proved his worth in this film with his brilliant acting.
Anupam Kher won an award for his role in this film and is today of the most brilliant actors we have in the Hindi film industry.