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Style and Substance Kiran Kher
Style and Substance Kiran Kher

Kirron Kher returns to television with ‘India has got talent’

She is the new resident mother in Hindi cinema, replacing the contented self-effacing Nirupa Roy version with a much more decisive one. “I believe the self-effacing types were long gone,” says Kirron Kher. “Film characters evolve with the changes in the society, and the role of mothers has undergone a tremendous change in the world we live in,” explains Kirron, who has reflected that change from ‘Devdas’ to ‘Dostana.’

However, she takes umbrage if you fit her only in the bracket of celluloid mother. “That way Shah Rukh has only been playing a son through out his career.” Remind her that actors are put in that bracket if they largely appear in scripts where the entire focus is on the son or the daughter, and she says: “I would prefer if you call it a supporting role.”

New role

Kirron returns to television with ‘India Has Got Talent’ as part of the jury. Still remembered for her pricking questions put with characteristic poise in ‘Purushshetra,’Kirron says: “I accepted the offer because I liked the concept. In ‘India…’ anybody who has got some talent will get his or her proverbial 15 seconds of fame, which I believe almost every Indian is looking for these days. Now, even mothers want to have a share of their kids’ fame and talent. It used to be the American way of life, but we are fast reaching there.”

Kirron says the concept is different, in that, it will not focus only on singers. “We have classical dancers, folk dancers, boys on roller skates, baazigars, trapeze artistes…”

The challenge is to make your act interesting in the given two minutes. “And there is no age bar. In the U.K version of the show, Susan Boyle surprised everybody with her singing prowess. I believe we also have many people who haven’t got a platform.”

However, such shows are proving to be shortcuts, which give a false idea of fame to young boys and girls, rendering them vulnerable to failure. “See, I know failure is the biggest teacher, but my experience says not many can handle failure gracefully. There are only very few, who can take failure as a milestone, and that’s what makes them extraordinary. On our part, those who are not good enough are being told bluntly that they are wasting their time.”

ANUJ KUMAR

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