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Those attacking my performance have bigger political agenda: Anupam Kher

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says he couldn't care less about adverse reviews to his latest "The Accidental Prime Minister", based on former Singh's life.

"No matter what you do, there will be people trying to pull you down. Criticism was always a favourite national pastime. Now criticism has also become a big source of self-entertainment for Indians. I don't take criticism or the criticism to heart. Finally, it is just one man or woman's opinion. And I've seen enough glowing and glowering reviews in my career to take both in my stride," said before leaving for a three-month trip abroad.

What has surprised quite a bit is the scathing criticism levelled at his portrayal of Singh.

"It seems some critics have a much larger political agenda than what I am supposed to have. The comments are uncalled for and irrelevant. I wanted to portray Dr. Singh with the dignity and grace that he deserves. And I think I've succeeded in that. Grant me at least that bit of experience and wisdom as actor," he said.

He will be in the US for the next three months to shoot a new season of the series "New Amsterdam".

"I play one of the leads, an Indian doctor named It is one of the most popular serials played across the world. I am setting aside my next three months fully to the series, with no other digressions," said the veteran

Anupam's closing thoughts on the reviews of "The Accidental Prime Minister"?

"We set out to tell the story of an unsung hero, a who was far less political than the job required him to be. The film is based on a book written by Dr. Singh's But it is not a biopic on Dr. Singh. It depicts 10 crucial years in the life of India's politics. You may not think much of the film. But do not belittle the intelligence of the country's moviegoing audience."

The film minted Rs 4.5 crore on its opening day on Friday and on Saturday it minted it Rs 5.45 crore. This, when there was disturbance in the film's release in the East region.

How does Anupam explain the encouraging opening despite some poor reviews?

He quipped: "How do you explain the poor opening of so many film despite the glowing reviews? Indians are politically savvy people. The audience likes to know the truth about political figures, especially someone as reclusive as Dr. "



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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 13:12 IST