Anupam Kher

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Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher.jpg
Kher in 2012
Born (1955-03-07) 7 March 1955 (age 59)
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India[1]
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1982–present
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Spouse(s) Kirron Kher (m. 1985)
Relatives

Raju Kher (brother)

stepson Sikandar Kher

Anupam Kher (Kashmiri: ٳڲۆݭھی اىڈڛۋ, Hindi: अनुपम खेर) (born 7 March 1955)[2] is an Indian actor who has appeared in nearly 470 films and 100 plays.[3] Though mainly appearing in Bollywood (Hindi) films, he has had roles in some films from other nations as well most notably the 2013 Oscar winning Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell. He has held the post of Chairman of the Censor Board and National School of Drama in India.[3] In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema.[4] Kher has won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role five times, more than any other actor.

Early life[edit]

Anupam Kher was born in 7 March, 1955 and raised in Shimla, into a Kashmiri Pandit family. His father was a clerk and he had a modest upbringing. He was educated at D.A.V. School in Lakkar Bazar, Shimla. He is an alumnus and a former chairperson of the National School of Drama. Some of his early acting was in plays performed at the Himachal Pradesh University.[2][5]

Career[edit]

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 Bollywood 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) and Veer-Zaara (2004).

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 is 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, is being directed by Satish Kaushik.[8]

He was been 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 widely regarded as an intellectual 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 with wife Kirron, July 2012

Anupam Kher is currently shooting for 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]

Personal life[edit]

Anupam Kher is married to fellow actress Kirron Kher (since 1985).[1] Her son, his stepson, is actor Sikandar Kher.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Civilian award[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Wins
Nominations
  • 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

Screen Awards[edit]

Bollywood Movie Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]

Recognition[edit]

  • He was honoured by Walk of the Stars as his hand print was preserved for posterity at Bandra Bandstand in Mumbai.

Filmography[edit]

Director

Year Film Notes
2002 Om Jai Jagadish

Producer

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

Actor (Partial filmography, in Hindi language unless noted)

Year Film Role Other notes
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 Karma Dr. Michael Dang
1988 Tezaab Shyamlal
Zakhmi Aurat
Pestonjee Pestonjee
Paap Ko Jala Kar Raakh Kar Doonga Bhuchaal
1987 Nehru: The Jewel of India Jawahar Hindi and English feature film
1989 Ram Lakhan Deodhar Shastri
Taaqatwar Municipal Officer Sharma
Parinda Inspector Prakash
Daddy Anand National Film Award - Special Jury Award
Chandni Ramesh Cameo
ChaalBaaz Tribhuvan/Chachaji
1990 Kroadh Inspector Vikram Shukla
Dil Hazari Prasad
1991 Saudagar Mandhaari Kaka
Lamhe Prem
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
Beta Totaram
Vansh Krishnakant Dharmadhikari
1993 1942: A Love Story Raghuvir Pathak Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor
Darr Vijay Awasthi
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
Papa Kehte Hein
1996 Chaahat Shambunath Rathore
1997 Gudgudee Ajay Prasad
V.I.P Tamil film
1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Principal Malhotra
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Mr. Bansal
1999 Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Mr. Vishwanath
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
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
Chup Chup Ke Jeetu 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
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
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
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 Buddoor
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Joginder Armstrong
2014
Daawat-e-Ishq
Welcome Back Gandhi Chief Minister of a State in India
Gang of Ghosts Gendamal
Main Tera Hero
Shongram Old Karim
Singham Returns Honest Politician
The Shaukeens
2015

Dubbing Animated Films

Title Original Voice Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year Release Dub Year Release
Up [24] 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

Television[edit]

Actor

Year Show Role
2013 24 (Indian TV series) Wasim Khan(Guest Appearance)
2014 The Anupam Kher Show - Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai Host

References[edit]

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