Anupam Kher

7 Mar, 1955


Having a career spanning over three decades, Anupam Kher is an Indian film and theater actor, director, and producer who is best remembered for his portrayal of a middle-aged man in the 1984 drama Saransh, for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. The actor has been a part of various film industries and has appeared in Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi, Marathi, Chinese, and English language movies. The versatile has played comic as well as villainous roles, and has managed to wow to the audience with each of his performances. Few of his most notable works include Hum Aapke Hai Koun..!, Karma, Dil, Khosla Ka Ghosla, A Wednesday!, and Special 26.

Anupam Kher was the Chairperson of National School of Drama from 2001 to 2005, and Central Board of Film Certification from 2003-2004. He has founded his own acting school called Actor Prepares in 2005. Apart from appearing only on the big screen, Anupam Kher was seen in the Indian 2013 crime-thriller series 24 co-starring Anil Kapoor, and also hosted his own talk show The Anupam Kher Show - Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai in 2014.

Early Life
Born to Pushkar Nath Kher, a clerk with the forest department, and Dulari Kher, a housewife, on the 7th of March, 1955 in Shimla, Anupam Kher has a brother called Raju Kher, who is also an actor. He finished her schooling from D.A.V. Public School in Shimla and went on to attend National School of Drama, New Delhi.

Personal Life
Anupam Kher married fellow theater and movie actor Kirron Kher in 1985. Kirron Kher was previously married to Gautam Berry with whom she had a son, Sikander Kher. Anupam Kher’s stepson is also an actor who made his debut with the 2008 movie Woodstock Villa.

Movie Career
Having made his acting debut with the 1982 movie Aagman, a 28-year-old Anupam Kher bagged the role of an aging father who loses his only son in Mahesh Bhatt’s 1984 drama Saransh. The movie went on to become a commercial success, being acclaimed critically and was also India's official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for that year. The actor’s phenomenal performance won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

He then appeared in various supporting roles in movies like Utsav, Arjun, Jaanoo, Misaal, Rao Saheb, and Aakhree Raasta. He then donned a negative shade in Subhash Ghai’s 1986 action Karma, where he played the role of a terrorist organization’s head, Dr. Dang. The movie, starring Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Poonam Dhillon, and Sridevi, is one of the actor’s most refined performances and best remembered negative role. The following year, he starred in the

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