Kher in 2013
7 March 1955|
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Kirron Kher (m. 1985)|
|Relatives||Raju Kher (brother)|
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Awards and recognitions
- 2004: Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema
- 2016: Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contribution to the arts
National Film Awards
- 1989: National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Daddy
- 2005: National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara
- 1984: Best Actor, Saaransh
- 1988: Best Supporting Actor, Vijay
- 1989: Best Comedian, Ram Lakhan
- 1990: Critics Award for Best Performance, Daddy
- 1991: Best Comedian, Lamhe
- 1992: Best Comedian, Khel
- 1993: Best Comedian, Darr
- 1995: Best Comedian, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
- 1986: nominated: Best Supporting Actor, Janam
- 1991: nominated: Best Supporting Actor, Dil
- 1992: nominated: Best Supporting Actor, Saudagar
- 1994: nominated: Best Supporting Actor, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
- 1997: nominated: Best Supporting Actor, Chaahat
- 2013: nominated: Best Supporting Actor, Special 26
Hindi Movie 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
- 2005: Best Actor Award from the Karachi International Film Festival for Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara
- 2006: Best Actor Award at the Riverside International Film Festival at California for Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara
- 2006: GIFA awards: Critics Choice Awards – Best Actor in a Comic Role for Khosla Ka Ghosla
- 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.
|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|
(Partial filmography, in Hindi language unless noted)
|1971||Tiger Sixteen||Mr. Prem||Indian Classic Awards for Best Actor|
|1984||Saaransh||B.B. Pradhan||Winner - Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|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|
|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|
|Daddy||Anand||National Film Award – Special Mention |
Critics Award for Best Performance
|1990||Kroadh||Inspector Vikram Shukla|
|Indrajaalam||Maharashtra Chief Minister||Malayalam Film|
|Lamhe||Prem||Filmfare Best Comedian Award|
|Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin||Seth Dharamchand|
|1992||Zindagi Ek Juaa||Jagjit "J.J." Singh|
|Shola Aur Shabnam||Major Inder Mohan Lahti|
|Khel||Seema's Uncle||Filmfare Best Comedian Award|
|Do Hanso Ka Joda|
|Umar 55 Ki Dil Bachpan Ka||Batliwala|
|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|
|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|
|Kya Kehna||Gulshan Bakshi|
|Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai||Mr. Saxena/Sirjee|
|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|
|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|
|The Mistress of Spices||Geeta's grandfather||English-language film|
|Main Aisa Hi Hoon||Dayanath Trivedi|
|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)|
|Apna Sapna Money Money||Satyabol Shastri|
|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|
|C Kkompany||Mr. Joshi|
|A Wednesday!||Prakash Rathod|
|De Taali||Abhi's father|
|God Tussi Great Ho||Arun's father|
|Meerabai Not Out|
|Tera Mera Ki Rishta||Meet's father||Punjabi film|
|Yeh Mera India||Mr. Kaur|
|Dil Bole Hadippa!||Vikram "Vicky" Singh|
|Wake Up Sid||Ram Mehra|
|You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger||English-language film|
|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|
|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|
|Kashala udyachi baat||Blind Man||Marathi film|
|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|
|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|
|Singham Returns||Gurukant "Guruji" Acharya|
|Nayana||Nayana's Muttachan||Malayalam Film|
|Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami||Purushotam Narayan Joshi|
|Happy New Year||Manohar Sharma||Special appearance|
|Super Nani||Mr. Sammy|
|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|
|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||Edward Asner||Carl Fredricksen||Hindi||English||2009||2009|
|Mahabharat 3D Film||himself||Shakuni||Hindi||Hindi||2013||2013|
|2006||Khosla Ka Ghosla|
|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||Yum hen hum|
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