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Anupam Kher disagrees with Ratna Pathak Shah’s criticism of acting institutes

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Actor Anupam Kher refuses to accept Ratna Pathak Shah's comments about Indian acting colleges.

Actor Anupam Kher recently responded to comments made by his colleague Ratna Pathak Shah regarding acting institutes in India, where she referred to them as "shops." While acknowledging Ratna Pathak Shah's right to have an opinion, Kher expressed his curiosity about whether she would extend this criticism to esteemed institutions like the National School of Drama (NSD).

Anupam Kher disagrees with Ratna Pathak Shah’s criticism of acting institutes

During an interaction with Pinkvilla, Anupam, who also runs his own acting school, spoke about Ratna’s comment saying he doesn’t feel the need to justify anything to her.

When asked about Ratna's comment, Anupam said, “I don’t have to react. It's her point of view. Main Naseer (Naseeruddin Shah) ka bhi ek interview dekh raha tha. Woh bhi bol rahe the ki..." [I was watching an interview of Naseeruddin Shah, he was also saying that…]. He went on to question, I think both of them are from National School of Drama. Will they call National School of Drama a shop?”

Anupam wondered whether the remark was made out of bitterness, "So kabhi kabhi aadmi bitterness se kuch baatein bolta hai. Kabhi kabhi aadmi philosophy mein bhi kuch baatein bolta hai. Kabhi kabhi aap isliye bhi baat bolte hain, taaki woh savaal ban sake koi [Sometimes people say something out of bitterness. Sometimes they say it philosophically. Sometimes you also say something so that it can become a question],” Anupam said, adding, “But it is not important for me to sort of justify. What they think, they think. It's a shop. It's perfectly alright."

Despite conflicts of opinion. Anupam maintained that there is no animosity between them. “I look at the goodness in people. Even the worst person will have a good side. I remember when I took my first car out for a drive, Naseer saw me and showed so much warmth," he recalled.

The actor continued, “He said, ‘Wow, Anupam you finally bought a car’. I can’t forget the warmth he showed towards me. For me, the gesture is important. He may say anything against me. But that is his genuine reaction which I will always think of and remember”.

In a 2022 interview, Ratna, who has been an actor for almost five decades, discussed her passion for performing and her displeasure with the country’s lack of actor teachers.

“You know actors getting ready, going from place to place, going into the wings, waiting for their entry, technical crew moving around - I loved all that. So, I used to be very happy backstage. But when I actually started acting myself, I realised I don’t know how to do it at all. I mean I was okay, but I was certainly no good. I didn’t know how to act, quite honestly. I was doing what I had seen my mum do, and what I had seen other people do,” the actor told Pinkvilla, adding, “But that wasn’t good enough. So that's one of the reasons I went to the NSD, because I wanted to train and learn how to become a better actor. Unfortunately, there were no acting teachers in the National School of Drama (NSD)”.

Talking about the present state, the actor shared, “That’s one of the big tragedies in India. We have created no trainers for actors. Almost everyone who is running a shop just now, and I used the word shop. It’s not an acting training institute, they are shops. Those guys are making money, cheating young people. I mean, the kind of stuff that goes on in these acting shops is appalling, and kids are paying lakhs for that. But NSD was not like that. So, we got trained in theatre and I learnt a lot, but about acting I didn't learn much at all.”

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