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Anupam Kher in 2012
7 March 1955 |
EDHI Centre, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Kirron Kher (m. 1985)|
|Relatives||Raju Kher (brother)|
Anupam Kher (Kashmiri: انوپم کهیر, Hindi: अनुपम खेर) (born 7 March 1955) is an Indian actor who has appeared in several hundreds films and many plays. 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. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema. Kher has won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role five times.
Kher was born on 7 March 1955 and raised 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. 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 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.
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.
Awards and recognitions
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
Bollywood 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 Bollywood 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.
- He was honoured by Walk of the Stars as his hand print was preserved for posterity at Bandra Bandstand in Mumbai.
|2002||Om Jai Jagadish|
|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)
|1984||Saaransh||B.B. Pradhan||Winner-Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|Rao Saheb||Rao Saheb|
|1986||Karma||Dr. Michael Dang|
|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|
|Daddy||Anand||National Film Award – Special Jury Award|
|1990||Kroadh||Inspector Vikram Shukla|
|Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin||Seth Dharamchand|
|1992||Zindagi Ek Juaa||Jagjit "J.J." Singh|
|Shola Aur Shabnam||Major Inder Mohan Lahti|
|1993||1942: A Love Story||Raghuvir Pathak||Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|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|
|1998||Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||Principal Malhotra|
|Doli Saja Ke Rakhna||Mr. Bansal|
|1999||Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain||Mr. Vishwanath|
|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|
|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|
|Chup Chup Ke||Jeetu 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|
|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|
|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|
|Silver Linings Playbook||Dr. Patel||English-language film|
|Kashala udyachi baat||Blind Man||Marathi film|
|Special 26||P.K. Sharma aka Sharmaji|
|Yamla Pagla Deewana 2||Joginder Armstrong|
|2014||Welcome Back Gandhi||Chief Minister of a State in India|
|Gang of Ghosts||Gendamal|
|Main Tera Hero||Vikrant Singhal|
|Singham Returns||Gurukant "Guruji" Acharya|
|Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami||Purushotam Narayan Joshi|
|Happy New Year||Manohar Sharma||Special appearance|
Dubbing Animated Films
|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|
|2013||24 (Indian TV series)||Wasim Khan(Guest Appearance)|
|2014||The Anupam Kher Show - Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai||Host|
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