Bollywood veteran and powerhouse Anupam Kher is making his way to American television. The actor, who has starred in over 500 projects, has been tapped to star as a series regular in an NBC pilot. Kher joins Bollywood actors like Priyanka Chopra, Rahul Khanna, Nimrat Kaur, Amy Jackson, and Tina Desai who have successfully made their mark on mainstream American shows.
This untitled medical drama is a character-driven medical drama focusing on the new director at Bellevue Hospital, whose unique approach disrupts the ongoings of the hospital. Kher will play one of the oldest doctors, someone who doesn’t want to change his methods even though he wants the hospital to change its ways. Ironically, his character is called Anil Kapoor, which is also the name of a fellow Bollywood actor who starred in “Slumdog Millionaire” and “24.”
David Schulner, Peter Horton and Universal TV are behind this project. Written by Schulner, the Bellevue drama is produced by Dr. Eric Manheimer, MD, the former medical director at the real Bellevue Hospital and author of the memoir “Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital,” which is the inspiration behind the show. Bellevue is a first-class hospital with capabilities to treat everything from Ebola to prisoners to the President of the United States.
Clearly, Kher is an impressive and talented actor who will bring his A game to this show. Here’s hoping NBC gives this pilot a go. Medical shows with an Indian doctor seem to be a trend, finally, because FOX’s recent show “The Resident” stars Manish Dayal in a leading role, playing rookie doctor Devon Pravesh.
As for Kher, he is not unfamiliar with American TV. He starred as Sanyam Dandekar on the science-fiction show “Sense8,” which will wrap up this year with a short film. Kher also appeared in the Russell Peters drama “The Indian Detective,” as the father of Peters character. Both these shows stream on Netflix, making his NBC stint the first on broadcast television.
The actor already comes equipped with an impressive Hollywood resume, as well. Most recently, he starred in “The Big Sick,” attending this year’s SAG Awards with the rest of the nominated film’s cast.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 23, 2018
Prior to this, he has appeared in notable movies like “Silver Linings Playbook,” “A Family Man,” “The Mistress of Spices,” and “Bend it Like Beckham.” Kher’s next big film is called “Hotel Mumbai,” based on the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. It also stars Dev Patel, Naznin Boniadi, Armie Hammer, and Jason Isaacs.
This was the Best reunion ever in LA. I was so delighted to meet up & spend some time with my friends and co-actors from #HotelMumbai @NazaninBoniadi, @armiehammer, #TildaCobham @therealjasonisaacs & our producer #JoeJomon. Missed #DevPatel.:) #BestFilmOf2018 #TouchWood pic.twitter.com/q024w5fpTb
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) February 6, 2018