Anupam Kher

Actor, Producer, Director, Teacher, Chairman

Personal Info

  • Born : 7 March 1955
  • Place : Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Occupation : Actor, Producer, Director, Teacher, Chairman
  • Years Active : 1982–present
  • Spouse(s) : Kirron Kher (m. 1985)
  • Relatives : Raju Kher (Brother)
  • Awards : Padma Shri (2004) Padma Bhushan (2016)
  • Nationality : Indian


Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher (born 7 March 1955) is an Indian actor and the current Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India. He has appeared in over 500 films in several languages and many plays. Mainly working in Hindi films, he has also appeared in acclaimed international films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee‘s 2007 Golden Lion-winning Lust, Caution, and David O. Russell‘s 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook. Kher has won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role five times. For his performance in the 1988 film Vijay he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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.

His wife, actress Kirron Kher, is a Member of the Indian Parliament from Chandigarh.

Early life

Kher was born on 7 March 1955 in Shimla, into a Kashmiri Pandit family. His father was a clerk and he had a modest upbringing. He received education at D.A.V. School in Shimla. In his struggling days as an actor in Mumbai, he slept on railway platforms. He is an alumnus and a former chairperson of the National School of Drama. Some of his early roles were in plays performed at the Himachal Pradesh University.


Kher made his acting debut in the 1982 Hindi movie Aagman. Then in 1984 came Saaransh, where 28-year-old Kher played a retired middle-class Maharashtrian man who has lost his son. He hosted TV shows such as Say Na Something To Anupam Uncle, Sawaal Dus Crore Ka, Lead India and the recent The Anupam Kher Show – Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, which has become a big hit on its 1st episode when Shah Rukh Khan was invited as his guest. He has had many comic roles but has also played the villain such as his acclaimed role as the terrorist Dr. Dang in Karma (1986). For his role in Daddy (1989) he received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance.

Anupam with wife Kirron, December 2014

He has starred alongside Hindi Cinema’s superstar Shahrukh Khan many times in films such as Darr (1993), 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. The role of the Police Commissioner Rathor, played by him in critically and commercially acclaimed A Wednesday is also very much appreciated.

Kher is known internationally for Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Speedy Singhs (2011), his appearance on the hit TV show ER, and more recently in The Mistress of Spices (2006) and Lust, Caution (2007). In 2012 he co-starred in the Academy Award-winning Silver Linings Playbook.

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.

Until recently he served as chairman of the Indian Film Censor Board. He is an alumnus of National School of Drama (1978 batch) and was its director between 2001 and 2004.

In 2007, Anupam Kher, with his batchmate of NSD, Satish Kaushik, started a film production company, Karol Bagh Productions. Their first film, Tere Sang, was directed by Satish Kaushik.

He was appointed in 2010 as the goodwill ambassador of the Pratham Education Foundation, which strives to improve children’s education in India.

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 Yaaraan Naal Bahaaraan.

He is also an occasional talk show participant.

In 2009, Kher voiced Carl Fredricksen in the Hindi-dubbed version of the DisneyPixar animated film Up, which was his voice role.

Anupam Kher has currently 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 and incorporating the factual and historical events of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

In 2016, Anupam Kher narrated in the ABP News documentary TV series Bharatvarsh, which showcases the journey from ancient India to the 19th century.

In late 2016, Anupam Kher made his first fiction production named Khwaabon Ki Zamin Par, airing on Zindagi.

Personal life

Anupam Kher is married to actress Kirron Kher (since 1985). Their son, his stepson, is actor Sikandar Kher.


While speaking (During March 2016) in Kolkata at the Telegraph National Debate on Intolerance, he mentioned that Yogi Adityanath and Sadhvi Prachi should be thrown out of BJP and jailed. Turkish hacker Ayyildiz Tim breached the Twitter accounts of actor Anupam Kher, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav and Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta on 6 February 2018.

Awards and recognition

Year Film Award Category Result
1984 Saaransh Filmfare Awards Best Actor Won
1986 Janam Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1988 Vijay Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
1989 Ram Lakhan Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Won
Daddy National Film Awards Special Jury Award Won
1990 Filmfare Awards Best Actor (Critics) Won
1991 Lamhe Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Won
Dil Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1992 Khel Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Won
Saudagar Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1993 Darr Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Won
1994 1942: A Love Story Screen Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1995 Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Won
1997 Chaahat Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1999 Haseena Maan Jayegi Screen Awards Best Comedian Won
Salaakhen Hindi Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
2005 Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara National Film Awards Special Jury Award Won
Karachi International Film Festival Best Actor Won
2006 Riverside International Film Festival at California Best Actor Won
Khosla Ka Ghosla Global Indian Film Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role (Critics) Won
2007 Hindi Movie Awards Best Comedian Won
2010 Wake Up Sid Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2013 Special 26 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Civilian award
Other awards
  • 2000: Actor of the Decade Award (Millennium Honours)
  • 2000: Best Actor in a Comic Role at the Sansui Viewers Choice Awards
  • 2001: Real Life Hero Award at the Zee Gold Hindi Cinema Awards
  • 2005: “Divya Himachal Award” for excellence 2005, with the blessings of H.H. Dalai Lama
  • 2013: Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award at The Asian Awards.
  • 2015: Kalakar Award for The Actor of the Year in Kolkata
  • He was honoured by Walk of the Stars as his hand print was preserved for posterity at Bandra Bandstand in Mumbai.
  • He was presented with the “Honoured Guest” award by the US state of Texas for his contribution to cinema and art.


Year Film Notes
2002 Om Jai Jagadish


Anupam Kher’s production house also made some television shows, notable among them Imtihaan (1994).

Year Film Notes
2000 Bariwali Bengali
2005 Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara Also acted as Professor Uttam Chaudhary
2009 Tere Sang Also acted in special appearance as a judge



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