Anupam Kher to play Suresh Kalmadi in 'O Teri'

Atul Agnihotri’s next film ‘O Teri’ is reportedly based on the Common Wealth Games scam.

‘O Teri’ is produced by Agnihotri and presented by Salman Khan. The movie centres around two journalists, Prantabh Pratap and Anand Ishvaram Devadutt Subramanium, doing regular stories, facing the pressures of life, when a strange turn of event changes their lives.

According to reports in the media, the character played by Anupam Kher in the film is based on the character of Suresh Kalmadi.

Kalmadi was the chairperson of the organising committee of Commonwealth Games in 2010. He was charged with cheating and causing a loss of more than Rs 90 crores to the exchequer. He was arrested later.

Reports in the media hinted that there were quite a few similarities that could be drawn between the scam and the events in the film.

There is a sequence in one of the promos of the film showing the collapse of a foot over-bridge. Incidentally, during CWG, a bridge had collapsed near the main venue, too.

The director Umesh Bist was quoted in the media as saying, “The film is inspired by real life events but I would not like to reveal anything as of now.”

The film, which stars Pulkit Samrat and Bilal Amrohi, is a comedy. The move also features Sarah-Jane Dias, Sara Loren, and Mandira Bedi. The music is composed by GJ Singh.

It is slated to release on 28 March.

Anupam Kher has mainly appeared in Bollywood movies, but he has played roles in movies from other nations as well. The most notable one is the 2013 Oscar nominated ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, directed by David O. Russell. He has held the post of Chairman of the Censor Board and National School of Drama in India as well. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema. Anupam Kher has won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role five times, a feat achieved by no other actor till date.

The actor is known internationally for his roles in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ in 2002, ‘Bride and Prejudice’ in 2004, ‘Speedy Singhs’ in 2011. He has also appeared on the hit TV show ER.

Kher has also written and starred in a play about his own life titled ‘Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai’, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.