Legendary American actor Sidney Poitier immortalised by his imperishable performances in the all-time classics The Defiant Ones, To Sir With Love, Lilies Of The Field and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, has won over Anupam Kher’s heart. The two actors met in a hotel lobby in Los Angeles and hit it off instantly, and struck up lengthy conversation.
And now Poitier, considered a one-man institution in the arena of acting, will be visiting Anupam’s acting school in Mumbai to address the students.
Anupam says, “I met quite a number of really interesting stars and filmmakers on this trip to LA. But meeting Sidney Poitier was as exciting for me as meeting our own Yusuf Saab (Dilip Kumar) for the first time. I felt the same excitement and a sense of being in really distinguished company. I felt blessed.” Poitier now 84, spoke at length with Anupam about Indian cinema and actors and expressed a keen desire to visit Anupam’s acting school.
Says Anupam. “I told Sidney about my acting school and he was immediately interested. Yes, he keenly wants to visit my school. It would be an honour beyond any honour to have him.” Phone numbers have been exchanged and now Anupam intends to take the matter of Poitier’s India visit forward.