Anupam Kher received honorary doctorate from Hindu University of America
Renowned actor Anupam Kher received an honorary doctorate in Hindu studies from the Hindu University of America.
The Florida-based university awarded Kher the honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Hindu Studies at a special event here on Saturday.
“I feel humbled and honored to receive this doctorate. It will have a very prestigious place and will always be one of the highlights of my life. The doctorate will give me a platform to talk about the philosophy of Hinduism, the philosophy of the oldest culture in the world, ”Kher told PTI.
When the Hindu University of America approached him for the honor, the 66-year-old actor said he wanted to accept the award.
“First of all, the kind of work that people do here in education, especially the teachings of Hinduism that I believe in and that I grew up with, I thought was an honor that I had to accept, ”he added.
In the United States, Kher has also traveled to several cities with his new show “Zindagi Ka Safar”, in which he has lively interactions with the audience. The actor said he had “felt good” and “a therapeutic experience” with the show, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to stay home and reduced interactions face to face. Kher, who also shot for his film ” Shiv Shastri Balboa ” in the country, met several Indians and found that after the disruption caused by the pandemic, people have this great need to communicate.
He said he felt it was important to have social interactions “to celebrate life again, to spread the message of hope because in my opinion, hope is the heart of life.” Ka Safar ‘would take place.
The whole idea of the show was basically to reach out to people and tell them that everything will be fine, that everything will be fine. It was therapeutic for me and it was therapeutic (for the public).
“I had no idea what I was going to do. So I told them the story of my life, I played ‘antakshari’ with them. I laughed at myself the most, telling them my childhood. It was a feel good experience, “he said, adding that his” Shiv Shastri Balboa “co-star Jugal Hansraj coordinated the show.
Kher has received offers to take the show to other cities in the United States and around the world, he shared.
“The show worked really well because people wanted to hear from someone with an experience, people were willing to talk with someone who had a sense of humor. It wasn’t just a show, it was was therapy with lots of laughs and a few tears too. ” Even during the pandemic, Kher was busy and directed three films including ‘The Last Show’ and ‘Kashmir Files’ and also wrote a book.
“Sometimes you have to be an example and not let life’s circumstances bog you down. You have to reinvent yourself as a person,” he said.
Recalling the teachings of his father, the actor said “failure is an event, never a person”.
“When you are faced with a situation where you say there is a fear of failure, let me push my limits, you find that you have the courage, the strength and that you can seek new horizons.
“At this point in my life, I think I’m much more successful as a person. I know my flaws, I can work on them. I know my positives and I can improve them. I understand life. I don’t know how to carry the burden of Anupam Kher on my shoulders. The lighter I am, the higher I go. After his return to India, Kher will start filming his next film “Oonchai” with filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya.
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