Press Trust of India
January 31, 2013 20:48 IST
"We need to learn to applaud others," said Anupam Kher.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher, whose
Hollywood movie Silver Linings Playbook is in the Oscar
race, thinks Indian movies never shine at the Academy awards
because the industry is suffering from "Tarantino disease".
The actor, who has a supporting role in Silver Linings
Playbook - which stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and
Robert De Niro, says Indian cinema needs to concentrate on
"We are a very young country in terms of entertainment,
its only now the audience is getting more opened to newer kind
of cinema. We need to compete with ourself and also the bigger
question is how many original movies are we making? We are
suffering from Tarantino disease," Kher said referring to the
directors inspired by the American filmmaker.
"We also need to learn to applaud others. We don't
appreciate others equally. What I noticed overseas was the
kind of respect they have for other person's work," Anupam
said when asked why Indian films failed to do well at the
The 57-year-old recently attended the 19th Annual Screen
Actors Guild Award in Los Angeles, where the film was
nominated for Outstanding Performance by a cast.
Anupam said sharing the table with De Niro was surreal.
"It was surreal, sitting in Shrine auditorium with likes
of Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Chris Tucker. I feel
proud of being part of a movie which has 8 Oscar nominations
and I feel even more proud to represent my country at such
The actor was in the city to promote his upcoming film
Special 26, which reunites him with director Neeraj Pandey
after A Wednesday. The film hits theatres on February 8 and
apart from Anupam, stars Akshay Kumar, Jimmy Shergill,
Manoj Bajpai and Kajal Aggarwal.
Anupam said reuniting with Pandey was a privilege.
"It's a privilege to work with him again. It is a tongue
and cheek thriller set in 80s, where many people were raided
by various fake agencies and people did not report back
because black money was involved," he said.