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.
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.
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.
He was appointed in 2010 as the goodwill ambassador of the Pratham Education Foundation, which strives to improve children’s education in India.
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.
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.
|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|
|2002||Om Jai Jagadish|
Anupam Kher’s production house also made some television shows, notable among them Imtihaan (1994).
|2005||Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara||Also acted as Professor Uttam Chaudhary|
|2009||Tere Sang||Also acted in special appearance as a judge|