Remember Saranshs B.V. Pradhan-a righteous teacher who never swerved from his principles, a man who believed in discipline. Add a fair dash of optimism in this epitome of unflinching trust and kindness and you had Pradhan emerging from those old small screen images into the glare of real life.
Years after his brilliant portrayal of Pradhans struggles and convictions in the film, which, needless to say, left an indelible impression on many minds, Anupam Kher today has a different role to essay. He is now putting heart and soul into reviving the fortunes of the once-forgotten Bharatendu Academy in Lucknow, which lay practically redundant for 24 long years.
"I am not going to behave like an ostrich. I know if I put in my best, I will succeed," he says. Determined to turn around the fortunes of the institute, Kher has another reason to work harder-this was the institute which gave him his first pay packet of Rs 1,000 in 1979. He calls it a blood transfusion. Says he, "All the bad blood will have to be replaced with new life."