Bollywood’s dad, Anupam Kher, on the unique warmth of ‘The Big Sick’


When Kumail Nanjiani was casting his father in The Big Sick, his real father posed a challenge: Get Anupam Kher.

For more than one generation of moviegoers who grew up with Indian cinema, Kher is the quintessential father figure. He’s been in over 500 films and played a dad for a good three decades now. He’s familiar to Western audiences because of Bend It Like Beckham, E.R., Silver Linings Playbook, and Sense8. Surely there could be no one better suited for the part.

As someone who grew up with Kher’s movies (he’s been playing a dad since before my dad was my dad), seeing him in The Big Sick elicits an immense sense of pride. He is, for millions of South Asians, our collective fictional father. He’s family, and he knows it.  Read more…

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