Anupam Kher and Irrfan Khan are both accomplished actors and men of firm opinions as was evident from their verbal duel at a suburban five star hotel last night where the duo were attending a discussion at the curtain raiser for an upcoming awards function. Kher and Irrfan have been nominated for their performances in Special Chabbis and The Lunchbox respectively. They were asked to comment on the nominations and Kher replied, “I would only like to talk about myself, so its only going to be about Special Chabbis.”
Irrfan probably felt that Anupam refrained from commenting so that he would not have to praise the other actors. The Paan Singh Tomar actor replied, “Cinema is not about applauding only one's own self. I disagree with Anupam's viewpoint. We need to praise others too.”
To which Anupam Kher retaliated with, “This is totally out of context. I teach students when to applaud and who to applaud. I have a high regard for those who are nominated in any award function.”
Later Anupam assured the press that he was simply making a light-hearted comment and did not intend to offend anyone. He clarified that he worked out things with Irrfan later and even gave him a hug.