Anupam Kher (Hindi: अनुपम खेर) is an acclaimed actor in Hindi films in India. He has acted in many successful Bollywood films, and has worked in several successful Punjabi, British, Hollywood and Chinese films as well.
Kher made his acting debut in the 1982 Hindi movie Aagman. Then in 1984 came Saaransh, where he played a late-age retired person having lost his son and never looked back since then. He hosted TV shows such as Say Na Something To Anupam Uncle and Sawaal Dus Crore Ka. He has mainly done comic roles but has done many villain roles for which he got critical acclaim such as Karma (1986) where he played terrorist Dr. Dang.
He was applauded for his performance in the film Daddy (1989). Considered one of his best performances, he received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. Kher is a frequent winner in the Comedian category.
He has also starred closely alongside Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan multiple times, in many successful 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 (2003) and is also 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 in the film.
Kher is known internationally with the films Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), his appearance on the hit TV show ER, and most recently in The Mistress of Spices (2006) and Lust, Caution (2007).
He also starred in the 2005 Punjabi film Yaaran Naal Bahaaran.
He also served as the chairman of the Indian Film Censor Board until recently, when he was replaced by Sharmila Tagore. He is an alumnus of National School of Drama (1978 batch) and later became its director, between 2001 and 2004.
In 2007, Anupam Kher, with his batchmate of NSD, Satish Kaushik, started a new film production company, ‘Karol Bagh Productions’, and their first film, Tere Sang, is being directed by Satish Kaushik.
After divorce with his first wife, Madhumalati, Anupam Kher married Kirron Kher. Their son, Sikander Kher, made his acting debut in a Sanjay Gupta film. Anupam’s brother Raju Kher is also an actor who appeared in his directorial debut Om Jai Jagadish and then acted in Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara and some TV shows. Anupam’s another brother has worked in the Zee TV drama “Hamari Batiyoon Ka Vivah.”