Anupam Kher plays the role of Pushkar Nath Pandit in the film The Kashmir Files based on the real life events that unfolded in Kashmir during 1987 to 1990. Pushkar Nath Pandit was the governor of Jammu and Kashmir when the armed insurgency broke out in the valley and Pakistani troops infiltrated through the LOC into Poonch. In the film, Pushkar Nath Pandit is seen refusing to help an army captain who has been captured by insurgents while on a mission along with his team of soldiers to recover documents which reveal Pakistan’s secret plans to capture Kashmir and even beyond. Who is Pushkar Nath Pandit?
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About Rishi Kapoor’s character
He’s an Indian film actor who has a reputation for being prickly and aggressive. He can come across as he does because of his fixation with image, but when push comes to shove, he’s loyal to his friends. All said, he’s always dapper and classy. His passion is playing cricket—he doesn’t let age stand in his way, even if it means battling with players half his age.
About Karan Johar’s character
While there are several mentions of a senior actor in Anurag Kashyap’s new movie Bombay Velvet, one character who has caught attention is that of an elderly man named Pushkar Nath Pandit. Actor Anupam Kher plays the role and has made full use of his theatrical skills to get into character. The director himself was taken aback by his work, saying in an interview: Anupam sir had prepared for over three hours before coming on set.
How did they cast Anupam Kher?
It’s hard to imagine any other actor in the role of Pushkar, but Kher was definitely not a top contender for casting. If there was another good actor from India that I liked who would have been available, I probably would have gone with them, wrote director Kabir Khan in an interview with BuzzFeed.
How did they make him look like him in those years?
I tried to gain as much weight as I could. I am about 6 feet tall and for every inch I put on, my appearance changed a lot so putting on that 30 pounds was not easy at all. It took me 2–3 months to put it on, but just prior to shooting, I started working out and lost most of it because you can’t work out while shooting. So when we had 5 days off after 3 months of shooting, I gained 15-20 pounds again.