Anupam Kher wrote about his bond with his mother Dulari for the Humans Of Bombay post. Anupam Kher wrote a long caption for the mother-son duo picture, describing their heartwarming relationship. The actor recalled how his mother helped him to dream despite their limited resources. The actor remembered the stern and loving ways his mother instilled in him life lessons and made him a better person.
The actor wrote “I have vivid memories of Mom dropping me to school. Before leaving, she’d say, ‘Your best day is today.’ And as a kid, I believed it. It helped me dream; made me forget how poor we were. Papa only made 90 Rs. a month, so Mom had to sell her jewellery to put us into good schools. But I was terrible at studies, so Mom was worried. If Papa was lenient, she’d say, ‘Zyada tareef mat Karo’; she wanted to keep us focused.
Mom was responsible for shaping me as a person – I was 10 when a Sadhu came to school; Mom gave me 5 paise to give him. But I spent 2 paise and kept the rest in my bag. When Mom asked, I lied. Later when she found the money, she made me stand outside for 3 hours until I confessed. Mom let me in with a promise that I wouldn’t lie again. Her values were all I had when I came to Mumbai to be an actor with 37 Rs. At times I’d sleep on the platform, but never told her and when Mom fell sick, she didn’t tell me; we both tried to protect each other. And after I started doing films, Mom kept me grounded, ‘No matter how high you fly, always be humble’, After Papa’s death, we became close – she’d lost her partner and me, my best friend. On his choutha, I said, ‘Instead of mourning, let’s celebrate his life’. We wore colourful clothes and invited a rock band. We narrated our fond memories with Papa; Mom said, ‘I didn’t know I was married to such a wonderful man’. After we became best friends – she’d accompany me to award ceremonies and chat with my friends.
Once, while she was saying something, I filmed her without her knowledge & posted it online – it went viral! So, I started uploading her videos regularly. She didn’t know she was being filmed, so she’d talk about everything under the sun-be its her bahu ki burai or her hair fall problem. Soon, she became so popular that random people would ask – ‘How is #dularirocks?’ And Mom didn’t know about it until people started recognising her on the streets-they’d ask for selfies! She wasn’t used to so much attention, so she confronted me, ‘Kya Karta rehta hai tu?’ Now she’s become more vigilant, so I’ve started filming her sneakily. But whenever she sees me, the first thing she asks is, ‘Aaj camera Kaha chupake Rakha hai?:)’.”.