49 Facts About Anupam Kher


Anupam Kher was born on 7 March 1955 and is an Indian actor, director and producer who works in Hindi and a few English, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu language films.


Anupam Kher is considered one of the best actors of India.


Anupam Kher has played variety of characters including numerous critically acclaimed leading or parallel roles.


Anupam Kher's accolades include two National Film Awards and eight Filmfare Awards.


Anupam Kher received a BAFTA nomination for his supporting role in the British television sitcom The Boy with the Topknot.


Anupam Kher has previously served as the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama in India.


Anupam Kher's appointment was controversial, given his support for the Bharatiya Janata Party.


Anupam Kher was born on 7 March 1955 in a Kashmiri Pandit family in Shimla.


Anupam Kher's father, Pushkar Nath Kher was a clerk in the forest department of Himachal Pradesh and his mother, Dulari Kher was a housewife.


Anupam Kher studied economics at Government College, Sanjauli at the Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla, but dropped out to study Indian theatre at Panjab University, Chandigarh.


In 1978, Anupam Kher graduated from the National School of Drama in New Delhi.


Anupam Kher taught drama in Raj Bisaria's Bharatendu Natya Akademi in Lucknow for a small part in his directorial debut movie Sheeshay ka Ghar.


In 1984, Anupam Kher made his acting debut in Hindi films with the Mahesh Bhatt-directed drama film Saaransh, in which he portrayed a 65-year-old retired middle class teacher who loses his son.


The film was a moderate box office success though Anupam Kher's performance earned him widespread praise.


Anupam Kher won a number of awards for his portrayal of the elderly father, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.


Anupam Kher said that he lost his hair at a young age, and thus, his first role was playing a 65-year-old at the age of 29.


Anupam Kher's career improved in 1989, when he received wider recognition for his performances in Ram Lakhan, a thriller by Subhash Ghai, and Daddy, a television film that reunited him with Bhatt.


Later in 1989, Anupam Kher starred in a sequel to the 1986 fantasy film Nagina, entitled Nigahen: Nagina Part II.


Anupam Kher then appeared in a cameo for Yash Chopra's love triangle Chandni, and portrayed a police inspector in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's action film Parinda alongside Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff and Nana Patekar.


Dil received positive reviews from critics, and Anupam Kher's performance was praised.


In 1991, Anupam Kher received acclaim for his work in Yash Chopra's romantic drama Lamhe, which starred Sridevi and Anil Kapoor and featured him as Kapoor's childhood friend.


Anupam Kher next reunited with Yash Chopra for the romantic thriller Darr, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, and Sunny Deol, in which he starred as Chawla's brother.


In 1994, Anupam Kher portrayed the owner of a factory in Raj Kanwar's thriller Laadla alongside Sridevi, Anil Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Raveena Tandon and Farida Jalal.


Anupam Kher eventually earned another Best Supporting Actor nomination at Filmfare, and the film proved his second consecutive movie to win the National Film Award for Best Popular Film.


In both these films, Anupam Kher's performance was not well received.


Anupam Kher next starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, and Archana Puran Singh in Karan Johar's romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.


In 1999, Anupam Kher played the father of Anil Kapoor's character in Satish Kaushik's women-centric drama Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, that received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success.


Anupam Kher then teamed with David Dhawan for the comedy-drama Haseena Maan Jaayegi starring Sanjay Dutt, Govinda and Karisma Kapoor.


Anupam Kher was awarded the best actor at New York city International Film Festival for his Performance in a short film titled Happy Birthday.


Anupam Kher played the role of the Police Commissioner, Rathor, in the critically and commercially acclaimed film, A Wednesday.


Anupam Kher is known internationally for Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice, The Mistress of Spices and Lust, Caution, Speedy Singhs, and TV show ER.


Anupam Kher chose Pranayam as one of the seven best films of his career.


Anupam Kher starred in a number of Marathi films such as Thoda Tuza.


In 2009, Anupam Kher voiced Carl Fredricksen in the Hindi-dubbed version of the Disney-Pixar animated film Up.


In 2014, Anupam Kher starred in the British film Shongram, a fictional romantic drama set during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.


In 2019, Anupam Kher starred as the former Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh in the political, biographical drama film The Accidental Prime Minister.


In 2022, Anupam Kher starred in the Vivek Agnihotri's controversial The Kashmir Files along with Mithun Chakraborty, which is based on Kashmiri Pandits' genocide in 1990, the film went to become a huge box office success.


Anupam Kher hosted TV shows such as Say Na Something To Anupam Uncle, Sawaal Dus Crore Ka, Lead India, and The Anupam Kher Show - Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai.


Anupam Kher ventured into directing with Om Jai Jagadish and has been a producer.


Anupam Kher produced and starred in the film Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara.


Anupam Kher received the Best Actor Award from the Karachi International Film Festival for his performance.


Anupam 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.


In 2016, Anupam Kher was a narrator in the ABP News documentary TV series Bharatvarsh, which showcased the journey from ancient India to the 19th century.


In late 2016, Anupam Kher produced Khwaabon Ki Zamin Par, a TV drama airing on Zindagi.


Anupam Kher appeared as Shahbaz Karim in the BBC1 drama Mrs Wilson.


In 1985, he married actress Kirron Anupam Kher who is a Member of parliament from Chandigarh, belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party.


Anupam Kher is an ardent supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi.


On 20 September 2021, Anupam Kher was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Philosophy of Hindu Studies by the Hindu University of America.


In 2017, Anupam Kher was accused of threatening to ruin the career of Rita Koiral, a Bengali actress, to cover up a voice acting controversy involving his actor wife, Kirron Anupam Kher.