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Anupam Kher (born 7 March 1955)[1] 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.[2] 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.

Anupam Kher
Kher at the Green carpet of the 18th IIFA Awards 2017
Born (1955-03-07) 7 March 1955 (age 64)
OccupationActor, producer, director, teacher
Years active1982–present
TitleChairman of the Film and Television Institute of India
Term11 October 2017 – 31 October 2018
PredecessorGajendra Chauhan
Kirron Kher (m. 1985)
RelativesRaju Kher (brother)
AwardsFull list
HonoursPadma Shri (2004)
Padma Bhushan (2016)

Besides working in Hindi films, he has also appeared in many acclaimed 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).[3]

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.

On 31 October 2018, he resigned as the chairman of the FTII, citing his work on the American television show New Amsterdam, which required him to spend more time in the United States.[4]


Early lifeEdit

Kher was born on 7 March 1955[1] in Shimla,[5] into a Kashmiri Pandit Hindu family.[6] 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 platforms.[7] 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.[8]


In 1984, a 28-year-old Kher played a retired middle class man who loses his son in Saaransh. Subsequently, he hosted TV shows such as Say Na Something To Anupam Uncle, Sawaal Dus Crore Ka, Lead India, and recently, The Anupam Kher Show - Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, which became a big hit on its first episode when Shah Rukh Khan was invited as a guest.[citation needed]

Kher has had many comic roles but he has also played a variety of roles. For instance, his role as a terrorist, Dr. Dang, in Karma (1986) received a lot of critical acclaim. For his role in Daddy (1989), he received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance.[citation needed]

Anupam with wife Kirron, December 2014

He has starred alongside Hindi Cinema's superstar Shah Rukh Khan many times in films[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] He played the role of the Police Commissioner, Rathor, in the critically and commercially acclaimed film, A Wednesday.[citation needed]

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 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.[8][9]

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

In 2007, Anupam Kher, with his batchmate of NSD, Satish Kaushik,[10] started a film production company, Karol Bagh Productions. Their first film, Tere Sang, was directed by Satish Kaushik.[11]

In 2010, he was appointed as the goodwill ambassador of the Pratham Education Foundation, which strives to improve children's education in India.[12]

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.[13]

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.[citation needed]

He is also an occasional talkshow participant.[14]

In 2009, Kher voiced Carl Fredricksen in the Hindi-dubbed version of the Disney-Pixar animated film Up.[15]

Anupam Kher has also appeared in The Dirty Politics. The movie also features Om Puri and Jackie Shroff.[16]

In 2014, Kher starred in the British film Shongram, a fictional romantic drama set during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.[17]

In 2016, Anupam Kher was a narrator in the ABP News documentary TV series Bharatvarsh,[18][19] which showcased the journey from ancient India to the 19th century.[20][21]

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

Starting in fall of 2018, Anupam Kher starred in a new medical drama TV series New Amsterdam[22] as Dr. Vijay Kapoor (a neurologist), airing on NBC. He also appeared as Shahbaz Karim in the BBC1 drama Mrs Wilson.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

His wife, actress Kirron Kher, is a Member of the Indian Parliament from Chandigarh.[24][25] Their son, his stepson, is actor Sikandar Kher.[citation needed]

Awards and recognitionsEdit



  1. ^ a b Sundaram, Lasyapriya (10 March 2017). "Robert De Niro made Anupam Kher's birthday special". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Been there, done that! Anupam Kher starts shooting for 501st film". Archived from the original on 29 October 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Anupam Kher bags BAFTA Awards 2018 nomination for The Boy with the Topknot; Here's the Complete List". 4 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Anupam Kher Resigns as FTII Chairman Citing 'International Assignments'". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
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  6. ^ "Anupam Kher to work for Empowerment of Kashmiri Pandit Community". Hindustan Times. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Anupam Kher". Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b Sanjay Mukherjee says:. "Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai: Anupam Kher's life struggle". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Anupam Kher, like never before!". Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  10. ^ "NSD Graduates" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Tere Sang interview". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Anupam Kher's new role". Archived from the original on 7 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  13. ^ "It's festive time for Malayalam films". Rediff. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  14. ^ "Anupam Kher to host interactive quiz show 'Discover India'". Times of India. 8 June 2010.
  15. ^ Team. "Disney.Pixar's 3D film UP to release in India on 18 September". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Dirty Politics to shoot in Jaipur". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  17. ^ Chaudhury, Bodrul (13 August 2013). "Interview with Anupam Kher (Shongram)". Roobla. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  18. ^ "Anupam Kher to host TV show 'Bharatvarsh'".
  19. ^ "Anupam Kher to host historic show titled 'Bharatvarsh' on TV".
  20. ^ "Anupam Kher will take you into the past with his new TV show Bharatvarsh".
  21. ^ "Anupam Kher's new TV show Bharatvarsh: All you need to know about the series".
  22. ^ "NBC picks Anupam Kher's US TV show New Amsterdam for a full season".
  23. ^ "Anupam Kher's British mini-series Mrs Wilson premieres on BBC One". Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  24. ^ "Anupam Kher meets Narendra Modi". Times of India. 20 May 2014.
  25. ^ Sawhney, Anubha (13 July 2002). "Anupam Kher: A retake of life's scenes". Times of India. Retrieved 31 May 2007.

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