Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher

Kher in 2013
Born (1955-03-07) 7 March 1955
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1982–present
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Kirron Kher (m. 1985)
Relatives Raju Kher (brother)
Awards Padma Shri (2004)
Padma Bhushan (2016)

Anupam Kher (born 7 March 1955) is an Indian actor who has appeared in 500 films and many plays.[1][2] 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 film Vijay he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He has held the post of chairman of Central Board of Film Certification and National School of Drama in India.[2] 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.[3]

Early life

Kher was born on 7 March 1955 in Shimla. 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 used to sleep on the railway platform before he found fame and fortune in films.[4] He is an alumnus and a former chairperson of the National School of Drama. Some of his early acting roles were in plays performed at the Himachal Pradesh University.[5]


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 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) and Happy New Year.

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.[5][6]

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,[7] started a film production company, Karol Bagh Productions. Their first film, Tere Sang, was directed by Satish Kaushik.[8]

He was appointed in 2010 as the goodwill ambassador of the Pratham Education Foundation, which strives to improve children's education in India.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

In 2009, Kher has given his Hindi voice to Carl Fredricksen in the Disney-Pixar 3D animated film Up, which was his first dubbing role and his very first voice role.[12]

Anupam Kher has currently appeared in The Dirty Politics. The movie also features Om Puri and Jackie Shroff.[13]

In 2014, Kher starred in the British film Shongram, a fictional romantic drama based around the factual and historical events of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.[14]

In 2016, Anupam Kher narrated in the ABP News documentary TV series Bharatvarsh,[15][16] which showcases journey from ancient India to the 19th century.[17][18]

In late 2016 , Anupam Kher made his first fiction production named Khwaabon Ki Zamin Par airing on Zindagi from 3 October 2016.

Personal life

Anupam Kher is a Kashmiri Pandit.[19] He is married to fellow actress Kirron Kher (since 1985).[20] Her son, his stepson, is actor Sikandar Kher.

Awards and recognitions

Civilian award

National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards


Screen Awards

Hindi Movie Awards

Other awards




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


(Partial filmography, in Hindi language unless noted)

Year Film Role Other notes
1971 Tiger Sixteen Mr. Prem Indian Classic Awards for Best Actor
1982 Aagmaan
1984 Saaransh B.B. Pradhan Winner - Filmfare Best Actor Award
Utsav Samsthaana's friend
1985 Arjun
Jaanoo Mr. Mathur
Misaal Rana
Rao Saheb Rao Saheb
1986 Aakhree Raasta Mahesh Sandaliya
Karma Dr. Michael Dang
1987 Nehru: The Jewel of India Jawahar Hindi and English feature film
1988 Tezaab Shyamlal
Zakhmi Aurat
Pestonjee Pestonjee
Paap Ko Jala Kar Raakh Kar Doonga Bhuchaal
1989 Ram Lakhan Deodhar Shastri Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Nigahen: Nagina Part II Gorakh Nath
Taaqatwar Municipal Officer Sharma
Parinda Inspector Prakash
Daddy Anand National Film Award – Special Mention
Critics Award for Best Performance
Chandni Ramesh Cameo
ChaalBaaz Tribhuvan/Chachaji
1990 Kroadh Inspector Vikram Shukla
Dil Hazari Prasad
Indrajaalam Maharashtra Chief Minister Malayalam Film
1991 Saudagar Mandhaari Kaka
Lamhe Prem Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Hum Girdhar
Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin Seth Dharamchand
Mast Kalandar Pinku
1992 Zindagi Ek Juaa Jagjit "J.J." Singh
Shola Aur Shabnam Major Inder Mohan Lahti
Khel Seema's Uncle Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Beta Totaram
Do Hanso Ka Joda
Umar 55 Ki Dil Bachpan Ka Batliwala
Vansh Krishnakant Dharmadhikari
1993 1942: A Love Story Raghuvir Pathak Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor
Darr Vijay Awasthi Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Roop ki rani Choron Ka Raja Jagmohan/Manmohan
1994 Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! Prof. Siddharth Chaudhary
Hum Hain Kamaal Ke Nilamber
1995 Dil Ka Doctor
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Dharamvir Malhotra Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Papa Kehte Hein
1996 Chaahat Shambunath Rathore
1997 Gudgudee Ajay Prasad
V.I.P Tamil film
1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Principal Malhotra
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan Police Commissioner
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Mr. Bansal
1999 Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Mr. Vishwanath
Haseena Maan Jaayegi Gulzarilal Verma
2000 Mohabbatein Kake
Kya Kehna Gulshan Bakshi
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai Mr. Saxena/Sirjee
Refugee Jaan Mohammad
Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge Vicky Nath
Dhadkan Sheetal's father Special appearance
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Tamil husband (Muthu Pillai)
2001 Praja Bappu Haji Mustafa Malayalam film
Jodi No.1 Rai Bahadur
Little John Swamiji Tamil film
2002 Yeh Hai Jalwa Robin Singh
Bend It Like Beckham Mr. Bhamra English-language film
2003 Banana Brothers Ketan English-language film
2004 Bride and Prejudice Mr. Bakshi English-language film
Veer-Zaara Zakir Ahmed
ER Ajay Rasgotra
Aabra Ka Daabra Limbu
2005 Kyaa Kool Hai Hum Dr. Screwala
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara Professor Uttam Chaudhary National Film Award – Special Jury Award
Sarkar Motilal Khurana
The Mistress of Spices Geeta's grandfather English-language film
Main Aisa Hi Hoon Dayanath Trivedi
Paheli Bhanwarlal
2006 Rang De Basanti Rajnath Singhania
Shaadi Se Pehle Rani's father
Aap Ki Khatir (2006 film) Arjun Khanna (Anu's Dad)
Chup Chup Ke Jai Ved Prasad
Hope and a Little Sugar Colonel
Khosla Ka Ghosla Kamal Kishore Khosla
Jaan-E-Mann Vakil Chachu (Boney)
Vivah Mr. Harischandra
Apna Sapna Money Money Satyabol Shastri
Prateeksha James Brown
2007 Shakalaka Boom Boom Reggie's father
Kuttrapathirikai Rajiv Gandhi Tamil film
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Shivshankar Sahay
Apna Asmaan Dr. Sathya
Victoria No. 203
Lust, Caution Khalid Said ud-Din Chinese film
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron
Gandhi Park Sammy Philips English-Cross cultural Hollywood film
2008 The Other End of the Line Rajeev Sethi English-language film
Dhoom Dadakka Mungilal
C Kkompany Mr. Joshi
A Wednesday! Prakash Rathod
Tahaan Subhan Darr
De Taali Abhi's father
God Tussi Great Ho Arun's father
Meerabai Not Out
2009 Victory Ram Shekhawat
Morning Walk Joymohan
Tera Mera Ki Rishta Meet's father Punjabi film
Zamaanat Dr. Madan
Sankat City Faujdar
Life Partner
Yeh Mera India Mr. Kaur
Dil Bole Hadippa! Vikram "Vicky" Singh
Wake Up Sid Ram Mehra
2010 Dabangg Dayal Babu
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger English-language film
Striker Inspector Farooque
Pyaar Impossible Abhay's father
2011 Yamla Pagla Deewana Joginder Singh Brar
Naughty @ 40 Laxminarayan Srivastav
Chatur Singh Two Star
Yeh Faasley Devindar devilal Dua
Pranayam Achutha Menon Malayalam film
Mausam Maharaj Krishna
Desi Boyz Suresh Awasthi
Speedy Singhs Darvesh Singh English-language film
2012 Chaar Din Ki Chandni Chandraveer Singh
Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum Francis Marlo
Mr. Bhatti on Chutti BB Bhatti
Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein Benam Kumar
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Mr Thapar, Meera's father
Silver Linings Playbook Dr. Patel English-language film
2013 Midnight's Children Ghani
Kashala udyachi baat Blind Man Marathi film
Mai Doctor
Special 26 P.K. Sharma aka Sharmaji
Chashme Baddoor Double Role (Seema's father and her father's brother)
Gori Tere Pyaar Mein Latesh bhai
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Joginder Armstrong
Krrish 3 Scientist
2014 Welcome Back Gandhi Chief Minister of a state in India
Total Siyapaa Asha's father
Gang of Ghosts Gendamal
Main Tera Hero Vikrant Singhal
Shongram Old Karim
Singham Returns Gurukant "Guruji" Acharya
Daawat-e-Ishq Mr. Qadir
Nayana Nayana's Muttachan Malayalam Film
Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Purushotam Narayan Joshi
Happy New Year Manohar Sharma Special appearance
Super Nani Mr. Sammy
The Shaukeens Laali
Sonali Cable
2015 Baby Shuklaji[32]
Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene D.K. Thawani
Roy Kabir Grewal's father Special Appearance
Dirty Politics C.B.I. Chief
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Diwan Saheb/Bapu
2016 The Headhunter's Calling English-language film
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Dhoni's Father
Saat Uchakkey
2017 The Big Sick English-language film
Hotel Mumbai English-language film (filming)

Dubbing animated film

Title Original Voice Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year Release Dub Year Release
Up[33] Edward Asner Carl Fredricksen Hindi English 2009 2009
Mahabharat 3D Film himself Shakuni Hindi Hindi 2013 2013

Playback singer

Year Film Notes
1993 Shreman Aashiq
2006 Khosla Ka Ghosla



Year Show Role
2001 Sawaal Dus Crore Ka Host
2004 Say Na Something To Anupam Uncle Host
2013 24 Wasim Khan (Guest Appearance)
2014 The Anupam Kher Show - Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai Host
2015 Sense8 Sanyam Dandekar
2015 Yum hen hum
2016 Bharatvarsh Host


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