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Anupam Kher Starting An Acting School In Kenya

15 Jul 2016 | By Tim Mworia | @timworia

Anupam Kher In Kenya

One thing that came out clearly when local media and film industry players gathered to meet Bollywood and Hollywood acting legend Anupam Kher is that Kenya is in dire need of formal acting schools. Not one-off courses, not single units in college, but fully fledged doors-and-roof film-dedicated school.

There are none currently and never has there been one this side of Nollywood. But the good news is, there is soon to be one courtesy of a partnership between Anupam’s Actor Prepares School of Actors and Kenyan media company Ranee Productions.

“I promise to have an actor’s school [in Kenya] within one year,” said the 500-movie veteran.

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Top: At the press conference. Bottom Left: Anupam with Rani and Sanna of Ranee Productions.
Bottom Right: Rakesh Bedi with Rani and Sanna

In the meanwhile, Ranee Productions will facilitate frequent film courses courtesy of Actors Prepares which is India’s finest acting school. The school boasts alumni such as Ishita Dutta (Drishyam), Anushka Ranjan (C.I.D.), Claudia Ciesla (Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3) and Deepika Padukone (Chennai Express).

The partnership was welcomed with the full support of the Kenya Film Commission through their representative Alex Mulwa (Director of Marketing) and the Kenya Actors Guild.

Other than announcing the film school, Anupam is also in the country as part of the stage play Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha... which he acts in alongside actress Neena Gupta. Written and directed by Rakesh Bedi (Yes Boss), the show which translates to “That’s not what I meant” will be staged at the Oshwal Centre Auditorium this Saturday, 16th July.

Anupam Kher In Kenya

In its one year, the travelling show has made over 110 stops in cities all over the world including Singapore, Dubai, Kuwait and 23 US cities.

And although Anupam is still riding high on clocking 500 career film appearances only a month ago (including Silver Linings Playbook and the upcoming The Big Sick featuring Ray Romano), he still talks about theatre with joy. He credits theatre for keeping his acting chops sharp over 30 years into his career. He also doesn’t want the importance of theatre to be lost on people, saying, “Theatre reflects the socio-economic situation of our times.”

Asked for his advice to budding actors looking to enter the acting world, his answer was absolute: “There’s no way around hard work and honesty.”

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