By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 15 Dec: Highly acclaimed actor Anupam Kher is currently in Doon to shoot for a film – Atul Agnihotri’s ‘The Kashmir Files’ – also starring another stalwart, actor Mithun Chakraborty.
Today, he visited the leading bookstore and publishers from Dehradun, Natraj Publishers, to launch his latest book, ‘Your Best Day Is Today’. However, he got the owner of Natraj Publishers, Upendra Arora, to do the honours.
Speaking on the occasion, he claimed that he was an actor and not a writer by profession, but he had presented some of his bitter and sweet experiences of life in this book. The book also narrates his and his family’s struggle with the Corona pandemic, as well as the Corona period. Kher said he was delighted to release his first ever copy at the oldest bookstore of Dehradun.
Kher declared that the human species had played havoc with nature and the Corona pandemic had taught it an apt lesson. Noting that he had never witnessed such a pandemic before and, in fact, never ever taken leave in 36 years of his acting career, yet he had to take long leave due to Covid-19 infection. The book reveals many of the thoughts that crossed his mind while being infected with the deadly virus. This book also speaks about how the pandemic had changed the world and also the human beings. Kher added that this was the period when people evolved to the human and community spirit, and remembered their loved ones. The book, he asserted, comes straight from his heart. Kher said that, across the globe, people were unprepared to face this disease head-on. Apart from enduring the impact of the socio-economic and political crisis, the people had to deal with the consequences of staying inside their homes without knowing what the future held for them. The severity of this disease forced everyone to become homebound. He was of the opinion that this Corona phase had reminded everyone that they ought to strive to find pleasure in life’s simplicity. He insisted that despite all that happened in life, he had always stayed an optimist.
He declared he was happy to be visiting Dehradun and was reminded of his hometown, Shimla, where he grew up.
He said that the name of the book had been inspired by what his mother, and younger brother Raju Kher, often stated in Kashmiri. Kher is here to shoot for a film also starring Mithun Chakraborty and it is being shot at various locations in Doon, Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Haridwar. On this occasion, Rashika of Natraj Publishers and Pallam Kaur, librarian of Welham Girls, were also present.