Anupam Kher is an Indian actor and the former Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India. He is the recipient of two National Film Awards and eight Filmfare Awards.
He has appeared in over 500 films in several languages and many plays. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in Saaransh (1984).
He holds the record for winning the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian five times in total for: Ram Lakhan (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khel (1992), Darr (1993) and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995).
He won the National Film Award for Special Mention twice for his performances in Daddy (1989) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005).
For his performance in the film Vijay (1988), he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Besides working in Hindi films, he has also appeared in international films such as the Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Ang Lee’s Golden Lion–winning Lust, Caution (2007), and David O. Russell’s Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
He received a BAFTA nomination for his supporting role in the British television sitcom The Boy with the Topknot (2018).
He has held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama in India.
The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.
Anupam Kher was appointed FTII chairman in October 2017, however his appointment was cited as problematic due to his pro-BJP stance] and prolonged absences.
On 31 October 2018, he resigned as the chairman of the FTII, citing his work commitments for the American TV show New Amsterdam.
- Full name: Anupam Kher
- Profession: Indian actor
- Born: 7 March 1955 (age 65 years), Shimla, India
- Spouse: Kirron Kher (m. 1985)
- Title: Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India
- Children: Sikandar Kher
- Books: Aap Khud Hi Best Hain, Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly: An Autobiography
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About Anupam Kher
Kher was born on 7 March 1955 in Shimla, into an Indian Kashmiri Pandit family. His father was a clerk and he had a modest upbringing. He was educated at D. A. V. School in Shimla.
In his struggling days as an actor in Mumbai, he slept on railway platform for a month.
In 1978, Kher graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi. Some of his early roles were in plays performed at the Himachal Pradesh University.
He taught drama in Raj Bisaria’s Bharatendu Natya Akademi in Lucknow for a small part in his directorial debut movie Sheeshay ka Ghar.
In 1984, a 29-year-old Kher played a retired middle-class man who loses his son in Saaransh. Kher said that he lost his hair at a young age, and thus, his first role was playing a 65-year-old at the age of 29.
Subsequently, he hosted TV shows such as Say Na Something To Anupam Uncle, Sawaal Dus Crore Ka, Lead India, and The Anupam Kher Show – Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai.
Kher has had many comic roles but he has also played a variety of roles. For his role in Daddy (1989), he received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance.
He has starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan in many films such as Darr (1993), Zamaana Deewana (1995), Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Chaahat (1996), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Mohabbatein (2000), Veer-Zaara (2004), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), and Happy New Year (2014).
He ventured into directing with Om Jai Jagadish (2002) and has been a producer. He produced and starred in the film Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005).
He received the Best Actor Award from the Karachi International Film Festival for his performance. He played the role of the Police Commissioner, Rathor, in the critically and commercially acclaimed film, A Wednesday.
Kher is known internationally for Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), The Mistress of Spices (2006) and Lust, Caution (2007), Speedy Singhs (2011), and TV show ER.
In 2012, he co-starred in the Academy Award-winning Silver Linings Playbook. He has said that he is not desperate to be part of the Hollywood circle and “Silver Linings Playbook was very interesting to do because it was the best role for an Asian actor, and had an amazing cast.”
Kher has written and starred in a play about his own life called Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, which was directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.
In 2007, Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik, who studied togher at NSD, started a film production company, Karol Bagh Productions. Their first film, Tere Sang, was directed by Satish Kaushik.
In 2011, he starred alongside Mohanlal and Jayaprada in the Malayalam language romantic drama Pranayam. Kher chose Pranayam as one of the seven best films of his career.
He also starred in a number of Marathi films such as Thoda Tuza…Thoda Maza, Kashala Udyachi Baat, and Punjabi films such as Yaaran Naal Baharan.
In 2009, Kher voiced Carl Fredricksen in the Hindi-dubbed version of the Disney-Pixar animated film Up.
Anupam Kher has also appeared in The Dirty Politics. The movie also features Om Puri and Jackie Shroff.
In 2014, Kher starred in the British film Shongram, a fictional romantic drama set during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
In 2016, Anupam Kher was a narrator in the ABP News documentary TV series Bharatvarsh, which showcased the journey from ancient India to the 19th century.
In late 2016, Anupam Kher produced Khwaabon Ki Zamin Par, a TV drama airing on Zindagi.
Starting in fall of 2018, Anupam Kher starred in a new NBC medical drama TV series New Amsterdam as Dr. Vijay Kapoor (a neurologist). He also appeared as Shahbaz Karim in the BBC1 drama Mrs Wilson.
In 2019, Kher starred as the former Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh in the political, biographical drama film The Accidental Prime Minister.
From October 2003 to October 2004 he served as chairman of the Indian Film Censor Board.