Kher pays tribute to blinds in his first Marathi film

Mumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who essays the role of a blind man in his upcoming Marathi film `Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein`, says the movie and his role is a tribute to the visually impaired people.

The film, directed by Pramod Joshi, marks Kher`s debut in Marathi cinema. "When you play the role of a differently abled person then you discover how brilliantly they live their lives. This is a tribute to all the blind or visually impaired people…hope everyone would like it," Kher told reporters at the music launch of the film here on Friday night.

It was Kher, who at the last minute suggested that his character in the film should be blind. "Everything was difficult as I had not done preparation for the role which was decided at the last minute. I did not want to do it in a cliched manner; I wanted it to be realistic. We did not want to have a blind man with a stick; this man is full of life – happy and smiling," Kher said.

"In the film, I play the role of a person who talks about vision but is blind. I took this decision of playing blind character just minutes before I started shooting. We intend to spread the message that one should live life to the fullest," the award winning actor said.

The 56-year-old Bollywood veteran depended on his director for getting nuances of the Marathi language. "I am doing Marathi film for the first time. I am not that good with the language but my director was a very good coach and he guided me well. I understand Marathi but I am not that good at speaking the language," Kher said.