dailypegham NEW YORK/MUMBAI: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, currently shooting for his 500th film The Big Sick in New York, has dedicated his achievement to the unsung, nameless and faceless workers of the entertainment industry who work behind the camera.

The National School of Drama (NSD) alumnus was only 28 when he took on the role of a retired middle class Maharashtrian man, who had lost his son, in his debut film Saaransh, directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 1984. “It has taken me 32 years to achieve this watershed moment, but when I look back, it is as if all that time has flashed by in a blink,” Anupam said in a statement.

“Many people have played an important role in my career. The producers and directors gave me work. But I want to dedicate this achievement to the unsung, nameless and faceless workers of our industry,” he added. “The spot boys, the technicians, the assistant cameramen, the make-up artists, the costume assistants … Almost everyone working behind-the-scenes.”

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Directed by Michael Showalter, The Big Sick deals with the marriage of a Pakistani man with an American woman. The film, which stars Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani, is slated to release next year.

Hollywood celebrities also congratulated the actor on the completion of his 500th film. “Anupam I just want to say congratulations on finishing your 500th film. That’s amazing. In America, maybe I have done 90-95 movies, but it’s incredible, what you have done. Congratulations again,” said American actor Robert De Niro.

Anupam has starred in popular films such as Tezaab, Ram Lakhan, Chandni, 1942: A Love Story, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Hum Aapke Hain Koun!, Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and The Mistress of Spice.

A theatre enthusiast and two-time Indian National Award-winning actor, Anupam’s career has been eventful. He currently runs an acting school called Actor Prepares.