Anupam Kher (born 7 March 1955) is an Indian actor who has appeared in nearly 450 films and 100 plays.Though mainly appearing in Bollywood films, he has had roles in some films from other nations as well. He has held the post of Chairman of the Censor Board and National School of Drama in India.

Early life

Anupam Kher was born into a Kashmiri Pandit family and lived in Shimla and was educated at D.A.V. School there. 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.


Kher made his acting debut in the 1982 Hindi movie Aagman. Then in 1984 came Saaransh, where 28 year old Kher played a retired man who has lost his son. He hosted TV shows such as Say Na Something To Anupam Uncle, Sawaal Dus Crore Ka and the recent Lead India. 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. Kher has won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role five times, more than any other actor.

 Personal life

Anupam Kher is married to fellow actress Kirron Kher. Her son, his stepson, is actor Sikander Kher.His brother Raju Kheris also an actor, who appeared in Anupams directorial debut Om Jai Jagadish. A Kashmiri Brahmin by birth, Anupam Kher has been working for the displaced Kashmiri Pandits by bringing to global attention the issues concerning the community.

 Filmfare Awards:


    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 Award, 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.

 National Film Awards

    1990 - National Film Award - Special Jury Award: Daddy
    2006 - National Film Award - Special Jury Award: Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara

Star Screen Awards

    1994: Best Supporting Actor for 1942: A Love Story
    1999: Best Comedian for Haseena Maan Jayegi

Bollywood Movie Awards

    1999 : Best Supporting Actor for Salaakhen
    2007 : Best Comedian for Khosla Ka Ghosla