Mumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher who is busy shooting for several of his upcoming films these days has said that train passengers have been his source of inspiration when it comes to playing characters in films. Kher was interacting with media in support of a campaign of the Railways named ‘Ek Safar Rail Ke Sath’ on Saturday in Mumbai.

When asked Kher what kind of changes he has observed while traveling in the train, he said, “Railways has been the biggest mode of transport in Mumbai. Stations have been the same and people traveling on the train are also same. I don’t travel by train on day to day basis but things which I noticed that train coaches are cleaner and it was on time as well. When I was struggling in the film industry that time, I used to travel from Bandra to VT (CST) and I used to observe people in train coaches and railway stations and after many years, those people were my source of inspiration for my characters in the films.”

Revisiting his memories of travelling by train in his initial days in Mumbai, Kher said, “On 03rd June 1981, I landed in Mumbai on VT (CST) station to work in films and entertainment industry and today, it’s been 37 years so, today symbolically, I decided to travel from VT (CST) to Bandra station. I think Mumbai is one such city that has given opportunity to every individual in any filed to try out his luck and they travel in local trains and along with that I also attended railway safety event which highlighted safety practices while travelling on the train as I feel film personalities can support a campaign in more wider and deeper manner.”

When asked Kher what kind of suggestions he would like to give railway department, he said, “I think every department knows what they are doing and to give them suggestion what they should do and do not is incorrect. I am here to relive my memories of traveling by train”

Anupam Kher next will be seen in The Accidental Prime Minister which revolves around the life of Dr. Manmohan Singh, the economist, and politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014 under the United Progressive Alliance government of the Indian National Congress. It also features Akshaye Khanna, who will play Sanjay Baru, Media adviser of Dr. Singh and Suzanne Bernert, who will portray former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, among others. Directed by debutant Vijay Gutte and written by Hansal Mehta, the flick is all set to hit the theatres on December 21, 2018.