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Last Updated 15.11.2019 | 8:22 PM IST



Anupam Kher and Sikandar together on screen

For a very long time, the versatile veteran actor Anupam Kher avoided doing a film with his son Sikandar Kher.

But now the two will finally be seen together in director Chandan Arora’s film that starts shooting in December.

Says a source very close to the project, “Anupam avoided films with his son as long as possible. They were offered at least 6-7 films together, all of them as father and son. Anupam didn’t want unfair comparisons, as was the case with Abhishek Bachchan who rather early in his career shared screen space with his iconic father and was mercilessly compared with the senior Bachchan. Anupam didn’t want his son to go through the whole painful process of a comparison. Now Sikandar has more confidence.”

What interested Anupam and Sikandar the most about the offer that they’ve taken up is that fact that they are not cast as father and son, though they’re together on screen for almost throughout the playing-time.

When approached Chandan Arora who started his career with Ram Gopal Varma’s production house, making the quirky colourful Main Madhuri Dixit Bannna Chahti Hoon before moving out of RGV’s camp to make the equally interesting Main Meri Patni Aur Woh and Striker, responded guardedly, “Yes, I am casting Anupam and Sikandar together in a film that I start in December, though not as father and son. I can’t tell you much about the content right now. It’s about two strangers who are forced to spend some time together.”

The film would have no songs.

Interestingly Anupam is not the first star-parent who was hesitant to share screen space with his offspring. For a very long time Dharmendra and Hema Malini refused films with Esha Deol and agreed to play her parents only in Esha’s swan song Tell Me Oh Kkhuda. Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to cast Dimple and Twinkle Khanna as mother and daughter in his first film Khamoshi: The Musical.

While Anupam Kher’s former best friend Anil Kapoor refuses to share screen space with daughter Sonam, Rishi and Ranbir Kapoor would be brought together in a film that Ayan Mukerji is planning.

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