Anupam Kher is an acclaimed Padma Shri Award-winning Indian actor who has appeared in nearly 400 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. Anupam Kher was born into a Kashmiri Pandit family, and lived in Shimla and did his schooling from D.A.V. School in Shimla.
Kher made his acting debut in the 1982 Hindi movie Aagman. Then in 1984 came Saaransh, where he played a retired man who has lost his son. Saaransh led him to win his first Filmfare award for best actor. He hosted TV shows such as Say Na Something To Anupam Uncle, Sawaal Dus Crore Ka and 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.
He has starred alongside Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan many times in films such as Darr, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Chaahat, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein and Veer-Zaara.
He ventured into directing with Om Jai Jagadish and has also been a producer. He produced and starred in the film Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara and received the Best Actor Award from the Karachi International Film Festival for his performance in the film.
Kher is known internationally for Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice, his appearance on the hit TV show ER, The Mistress of Spices and Lust and Caution. He has also written and starred in a play about his own life called Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, which is directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.
Until recently he served as chairman of the Indian Film Censor Board. He is an alumnus of National School of Drama and was its director between 2001 and 2004. In 2007, Anupam Kher, with his batchmate of NSD, Satish Kaushik, started a film production company, Karol Bagh Productions. Their first film, Tere Sang, is being directed by Satish Kaushik.
He was appointed the goodwill ambassador of the Pratham Education Foundation, which strives to improve children's education in India. He is also widely regarded as an intellectual talk show participant.
Anupam Kher is married to fellow actor Kirron Kher. Her son, his stepson, is actor Sikander Kher. His brother Raju Kher is also an actor, who appeared in Anupam's directorial debut Om Jai Jagadish.
In 2012, he was seen in the Hollywood flick Silver Linings Playbook alongside Bradley Cooper, Robert DiNiro and Jennifer Lawrence.