Magazine article Variety

Anupam Kher

Magazine article Variety

Anupam Kher

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Indian actor Anupam Kher, who plays the Pakistani father to Kumail Nanjiani in the hit film "The Big Sick," has hundreds of film and TV credits, including such Western productions as Netflix's "Sense8" and TWC's "Silver Linings Playbook." Upcoming is Netflix's "The Indian Detective" with Russell Peters and the Weinstein Co.'s "Hotel Mumbai," based on the terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in 2008, with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer.

How did you hear about the role in "The Big Sick"?

Kumail's ex-agent in L.A., Priyanka Mattoo, is a distant cousin of mine. She called me and said there is this script. I don't watch too much TV, so I didn't know him. She said Kumail's father wants you to play him, and I said, "OK, send me the script." I asked for Kumail's number and called him. He thought it was a prank. I told him, "This is your tribute to your father; it shows how much you love him."

You liked the script?

I didn't need the script to say yes to the role. There were lots of possibilities for improvisation - that's why the film breathes. There is no finality. The director, Michael [Showalter], was very good. We could change things around. …

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