First it was Irrfan Khan, then A.R.Rahman and then Priyanka Chopra who were flying the Bollywood bandwagon in the west. Now it is Bollywood great Anupam Kher who is making it big in the Hollywood arena. Starring in The Headhunter’s Calling, along side Gerard Butler, the film was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), in which Kher plays a specialist in a Chicago hospital.
The 108 minute film showcased to a full house on September 14 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
The film is about a ruthless corporate headhunter Dane Jensen (Gerard Butler) who battles his rival for control of their job placement company, until a family tragedy brings his personal and professional lives into conflict.
After years of climbing the corporate ladder, he has the biggest goal of his career in sight. The head of Dane’s recruitment company (Willem Dafoe) has announced his retirement — and the time has come for Dane to pounce. Dane’s ascension requires all his attention, particularly given that his biggest rival (Alison Brie) is younger and equally determined. Then the unimaginable happens. Dane’s 10-year-old son falls seriously ill. After years of racking up wins in the business world, can Dane find a solution for this terrifying development in his personal life?
In the film, Kher has a significant role where he plays the character of a Sikh doctor who explains the significance of the turban to a sick child in the hospital.
The film pulses with the thrill of big money and cutthroat career maneuvering, but its heart is in a very different realm. The film is ultimately concerned with domestic stability in crisis, and with the complex question of what really matters in life.
Just before the festival, Kher tweeted to his fans saying that he came to Mumbai in 1981 with half a dollar and now his film is premiering at TIFF.
However, Hollywood’s inclusion for Indian actors in their films makes one wonder! Does the West really recognize the great acting skills of the Mumbai film progeny or is this to woo the massive Indian population votes that stand at 1.3 billion today whose passion is cinema, cinema and cinema. I very well hope it is the former!