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Anupam Kher Age, Wife, Family, Children, Biography & More

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Wife: Kirron Kher
Age: 64 Years
Caste: Kashmiri Pandit

Anupam Kher

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Profession(s)Actor, Producer, Director, Teacher, Entrepreneur
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourN/A (Bald)
Career
DebutBollywood: Aagaman (1982)
Telugu: Trimurtulu (1987)
Trimurtulu (1987)
English: Nehru: The Jewel of India (1987)
Malayalam: Indrajaalam (1990)
Indrajaalam (1990)
Kannada: Parijatha (2012)
Parijatha (2012)
Marathi: Kashala Udyachi Baat (2013)
Kashala Udyachi Baat (2013)
Chinese: Lust, Caution (2007)
Lust, Caution (2007)
Hollywood: Gandhi Park (2007)
Punjabi: Tera Mera Ki Rishta (2009)
Tera Mera Ki Rishta (2009)
Producer: Bariwali (2000, Bengali film)
Bariwali (2000)
Director: Om Jai Jagadish (2002)
Om Jai Jagadish (2002)
TV: Sawaal 10 Crore Ka (2001, as a host)
Awards, Achievements Filmfare Awards

1984: Best Actor for the film 'Saaransh'
Anupam Kher With His Filmfare Award - Best Actor for Saaransh
1988: Best Supporting Actor for the film 'Vijay'
1989: Best Comedian for the film 'Ram Lakhan'
1991: Best Comedian for the film 'Lamhe'
1992: Best Comedian for the film 'Khel'
1993: Best Comedian for the film 'Darr'
1995: Best Comedian for the film 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge'

National Film Awards

1990: Special Jury Award for the film Daddy
2005: Special Jury Award for the film 'Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara'

Honours

2004: Padma Shri
Anupam Kher Receiving Padma Shri Award
2016: Padma Bhushan
Anupam Kher Receiving Padma Bhushan Award

Other Awards

2006: Global Indian Film Award - Best Actor in a Comic Role (Critics) for the film 'Khosla Ka Ghosla'
2015: Kalakar Award for The Actor of the Year
2018: Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan Award
Personal Life
Date of Birth7 March 1955
Age (as in 2019)64 Years
BirthplaceShimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signPisces
Signature/AutographAnupam Kher's Autograph
NationalityIndian
HometownShimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
SchoolDAV Higher Secondary School, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla
College/University• Government College, Shimla
• Punjab University (PU), Chandigarh
• National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi
Educational QualificationGraduate in Theatre Drama
ReligionHinduism
CasteBrahmin
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Political InclinationBharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Address• 402 Marina, Juhu Tara Raod, Juhu Beach, Mumbai
Anupam Kher Inside His House In Mumbai
• 'Kherwadi,' an eight-bedroom mansion in Shimla
HobbiesListening to Old Hindi Songs, Reading
Controversies• In May 2016, Anupam Kher raked up a storm on Twitter when he shared a collage of Kashmiri Pandits killed during the 1990 exodus. The tweet came in regard to the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen's 'poster boy' Burhan Wani in an encounter. Twitteratis felt that the tweet instigated 'hate thoughts'.
Anupam Kher's Controversial Tweet
• In January 2016, Kader Khan had a dig at Anupam Kher after seeing his name on the Padma awardees' list. Khan was quoted as saying, "What has Anupam Kher done to receive the Padma Bhushan?"
• Anupam and the Congress Politician, Shashi Tharoor, have been involved in mulitple Twitter battles over various issues. For instance, in 2016, after Shashi made a comment on Anupam's statement, "I am scared to be called a Hindu," and Anupam called him a "Congi Chamcha."
Anupam Kher And Shashi Tharoor's Twitter War
• In January 2019, a Patna-based lawyer, Sudhir Kumar Ojha, filed a case against Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna to Muzaffarpur's Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) for damaging the image of Manmohan Singh and Sanjaya Baru in the film 'Accidental Prime Minister' (2019).
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affair/GirlfriendKirron Kher (Actress, Politician)
Marriage Date• In the late 1970s (with Madhumalti Kapoor)
• Year 1985 (with Kirron Kher)
Marriage PlaceGurugram (with Kirron Kher)
Anupam Kher And Kirron Kher's Marriage Photo
Family
Wife/SpouseFirst Wife- Madhumalti Kapoor (Actress, Divoced in the early 1980s)
Anupam Kher's Ex-wife Madhumalti Kapoor
Second Wife- Kirron Kher (m. 1985-present)
Anupam Kher With Kirron Kher
ChildrenStep-Son- Sikandar Kher (Actor)
Anupam Kher With His Step-son Sikandar Kher
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Pushkarnath Kher (Worked as a Clerk in the Forest Department)
Anupam Kher With His Father Pushkarnath Kher
Mother- Dulari Kher (Homemaker)
Anupam Kher With His Mother
SiblingsBrother- Raju Kher (Younger, Actor)
Anupam Kher With His Brother
Sister- None
Favourite Things
Favourite Food(s)Fried Prawns In Hunan Sauce, Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Rajmah-Chawal, Chinese Cuisines
Favourite Actor(s)Robert De Niro, Ranbir Kapoor
Favourite ActressVidya Balan
Favourite PoliticianNarendra Modi
Favourite RestaurantSampan in Mumbai
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionBMW, Mahindra Scorpio
Anupam Kher With His BMW
Assets/PropertiesMovable- 70 gram of gold jewelry valued at ₹20 lakh

Immovable- Two apartments in Juhu and Andheri West in Mumbai [1]Business Standard
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)₹2.17 crore (as in 2014) [2]Business Standard
Net Worth (approx.)₹400 crore (as in 2018) [3]Business Standard

Anupam Kher

Some Lesser Known Facts About Anupam Kher

  • Does Anupam Kher smoke: No (Quit)
  • Does Anupam Kher drink alcohol: Yes
  • Anupam was born into a middle-class Kashmiri Pandit family with roots in Srinagar.

    Anupam Kher's Childhood Photo With His Mother

    Anupam Kher’s Childhood Photo With His Mother

  • In his childhood, he was a below average student who never scored more than 38 marks. Moreover, he was also mediocre at sports. The only field in which he excelled was theatre and drama.

    Anupam Kher's Childhood Photo

    Anupam Kher’s Childhood Photo

  • He took his artistic skills to the next level when he was pursuing his graduation in Government College, Shimla, and was named the best actor of Himachal Pradesh University.

    Anupam Kher (left) With Raju Kher (right)

    Anupam Kher (left) With Raju Kher (right)

  • When he was studying at the Himachal Pradesh University, he saw a walk-in audition advertisement of Panjab University, Chandigarh; offering a scholarship of ₹200. To attend the audition, Anupam stole ₹118 from his mother, which she had kept at their house’s temple.
  • When he first reached Chandigarh for the walk-ins, he was given an option to perform either on a script for girls or boys. Intuitively, he chose the script for girls. His interviewer, Balwant Gargi, gave him the remark, “Very bad but very daring.”
  • In the evening of the same day, he returned to Shimla, where he saw the police being called by his parents about the lost money. When his mother asked him about the money, Anupam confidently lied and said that he knows nothing. A week later, when his father asked him, “Where had you gone that day?” he uttered the truth and received a tight slap from his mother. However, his father supported him and said,

    Don’t worry he is getting a scholarship of ₹200, he will return your ₹100.”

  • On 27 July 1974, he again reached Chandigarh, this time for a longer stint. While learning the dramatic skills at Panjab University, the first lesson that he learned by Balwant Gargi, was how to pour tea properly.

    Anupam Kher In Younger Days

    Anupam Kher In Younger Days

  • Anupam first met Kirron Kher when they were both doing theatre in Chandigarh and later became the best of friends.
  • During his one year stint at Panjab University’s Department of Theatre, he did theatre plays with Balwant Gargi and Amal Allana, he earned a gold medal that provided him with a direct entry at the National School of Drama (NSD).

    Anupam Kher At Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1974

    Anupam Kher At Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1974

  • In the late 1970s, Kirron married Gautam Berry, whereas, Anupam married Madhumalati, however, their friendship and doing theatre together, still continued. 
  • Anupam passed out of NSD in 1978, after which he got a job of a lecturer in drama at the Bhartendu Drama Centre in Lucknow. After a year, he left Lucknow and reached Mumbai on 3 June 1981, where his real struggle began.

    Anupam Kher Performing A Play In Younger Days

    Anupam Kher Performing A Play In Younger Days

  • During his initial days in Mumbai, he used to live in a chawl. When he was struggling for survival in Mumbai, he called his brother from Shimla, who started working at a tin factory in Mumbai; earning a salary of ₹700, which made Anupam’s survival a bit easier.
  • After being rejected by several film producers, he met Mahesh Bhatt, who offered him a film ‘Saaransh’ (1984). However, the producers of the Rajshri Films didn’t want to experiment with a new face and opted for Sanjeev Kumar. When Anupam came to know about his exit from the film, he reached Mahesh Bhatt with frustration and called him a “con man.” Mahesh stood by Anupam and gave an ultimatum to the production house that he would do the film only if Anupam will be given the lead role.

    Saaransh (1984)

    Saaransh (1984)

  • ‘Saaransh’ proved to be the first milestone in his career; as the 28-year-old Anupam played the role of a 60-year-old in the film, which earned him numerous accolades.

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  • After the success of ‘Saaransh,’ he was offered nearly 100 films in just a span of two weeks.
  • The derailed marriage lives of both Anupam and Kirron made them realize love for each other when they both were in Kolkata for a theatre play. According to Kirron, “When he was leaving the room, he looked back at me, and something passed between us. He came and knocked on my door, and said “I want to talk to you. He then said, “I think I have fallen in love with you.” And suddenly there was this immense, intense change, the chemistry exploded. I got a divorce and married him. He had nothing then.”

    Anupam Kher With Kirron Kher in the 1980s

    Anupam Kher With Kirron Kher in the 1980s

  • He has also essayed the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the 1986 TV Series ‘Raj Se Swaraj Tak.’

    Anupam Kher As Mahatma Gandhi In Raj Se Swaraj Tak

    Anupam Kher As Mahatma Gandhi In Raj Se Swaraj Tak

  • His initial stint as a producer didn’t work out well; as he was under huge debt. To repay the debts, his wife, Kirron supported him by again working in Bollywood.
  • He is the only actor to win the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role 5 times.

  • Apart from being an actor, he is also a successful entrepreneur and is the proprietor of ‘Actor Prepares’, ‘Final Cut,’ ‘Anupam Kher Company, ‘Anupam Kher’s Talent Company,’ ‘Curtain Call,’ and ‘Anupam Kher Production.’

  • In 2008, he founded ‘Anupam Kher Foundation,’ which aims at providing education to underprivileged children and medical care to people with life-limiting diseases.

    Anupam Kher Foundation

    Anupam Kher Foundation

  • After living in the rented houses for several years, Anupam bought the first ever house for his family in Shimla in 2016. He gifted it to his mother and named it “Kherwadi.”

    Anupam Kher With His Family Inside Kherwadi

    Anupam Kher With His Family Inside Kherwadi

  • He is a staunch believer of astrology.
  • He is one of the co-founders of People for Animals (PFA), one of India’s largest animal welfare organization.

    People for Animals (PFA)

    People for Animals (PFA)

  • He has starred in nearly 500 films in multiple languages including Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, English, and Chinese.
  • His face has been utilised by the popular YouTube prank caller “California Crook.”
  • He has served as the chairperson of both the National School of Drama (NSD) and the Censor Board of India. In October 2018, he resigned from the post of FTII Chairman due to his commitments to an international TV show in the U. S.

  • In 2019, Anupam portrayed the role of the former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, in the film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister.’ According to Anupam, it has been his toughest role ever. Moreover, he did meditation for the first time in his life; as he was finding it difficult to bring out the composure of Manmohan Singh on-screen.

    Anupam Kher As Manmohan Singh And Divya Seth As Gursharan Kaur In- The Accidental Prime Minister

    Anupam Kher As Manmohan Singh And Divya Seth As Gursharan Kaur In- The Accidental Prime Minister

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