Oftentimes, Bollywood films are shown to a select gathering of people in the film trade, apart from a few critics, to try and create a buzz about the film. While the biggies do that often to try and create social media awareness through their reactions and advance reviews, small and content-heavy films always tend to play on the front foot, and get people’s feedback before it is reviewed by the critics.
Among the latter type of films is Dev Patel and Anupam Kher’s recent release Hotel Mumbai. Kher’s role of chef Hemant Oberoi, who played a key role in rescuing people during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, has been described as ‘gripping’, ‘remarkable’ and ‘emotional’.
The Anthony Maras directed film has been described as one in which Anupam is ‘capturing the essence of his character with deft precision’.
Reacting to the praise, the veteran actor says, “This character has been very difficult and at the same time very close to my heart. To play the character of a man who conquered his fear for the safety of others was an emotionally very intense experience for me. To understand what went in the hotel that dreadful day still sends shivers down my spine. I am glad that people liked my performance. There is no greater reward for an actor than being loved by his audience.”