But what keeps him busy?
"I keep myself busy with a lot of projects - films, family,
my acting school and programmes like 'Lead India' and now 'Discover
India with Anupam Kher'. It is important to lay the foundation
and understand that at this age what is it that you want to
do and achieve," said the actor.
Right now it's television that excites him more as it allows
him to be himself. After hosting shows like "Say Na Something
To Anupam Uncle", "Sawaal Dus Crore Ka" and "Lead
India", he will return to the small screen as the host
of quiz show "Discover India", which will go on air
Sunday on Star Plus.
"On shows I get to be myself. I get the opportunity to
showcase my real self. In movies we play characters and people
identify us with them. But on shows on small screen I have the
liberty to show the real me," he said.
Though he is looking forward to his quiz show on television,
the actor rues there is a dearth of educational shows on the
"I agree that quiz shows are not there on television now.
What we see is only reality shows and the politics participants
plot against each other. The market wants more masala now as
we have become market driven. These shows have shown a rise
in demand but that doesn't mean one should stop attempting to
make educational shows," he said.
The versatile actor, who also did crossover films like "Bend
It Like Beckham" (2002), "Bride and Prejudice"
(2004) and "The Mistress of Spices" (2006), will be
see in another such project called "Break Away", which
is Bollywood star Akshay Kumar's first international venture.
"Based in Canada, 'Break Away' is an emotional father-son
story. It is based on Ice hockey. The film brings across the
cultural differences abroad. If I have to put it directly, it
is the 'Bend It Like Beckham' of ice-hockey. The film is directed
by Robert Lieberman and stars Russell Peters, Gurpreet Ghuggi
and Camilla Belle," said Anupam, who was last seen in the
recently released "Yamla Pagla Deewana".
But that doesn't mean Anupam is completely averse to Hindi
"One of my upcoming Hindi films is 'Yeh Faasle'. It will
release on March 3; then I am doing 'Game', starring Abhishek
Bachchan and Boman Irani. I am also doing a film with Disney
which is called 'Zokkomon' and lastly 'Hawai Dada'. These are
the projects that I am working on currently," he said.