“Nothing is all wrong. Even a clock that has stopped running is correct twice a day.”
His critical and commercial success in over 100 plays and 500 films stand testament to this eternal optimism that gave rise to the drive and passion that catapulted Padma Bhushan award-winning actor Anupam Kher to the heights of being considered one of the greatest actors of contemporary cinema.
Shimla-bred Anupam Kher enrolled and passed out of Chandigarh’s Punjab University and the National School of Drama in Delhi (an institute where he would later be the Chairman), with a gold medal in acting. He then took up teaching dramatics in Lucknow till finally landing up in Mumbai starting off his glorious career on the silver screen with National award-winning roles in Saaransh and Daddy. He carried forward his golden streak in films like Karma, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Khosla Ka Ghosla, A Wednesday and Special 26 to name a few.
He extended his genius into production of such national and international award winning films such as Bariwali and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara.
Kher went international when he worked with acclaimed directors such as Gurinder Chaddha, David O Russell, Ang Lee and Woody Allen. He is the only Indian actor to have shared screen space with the legendary actor Robert De Niro in the Oscar nominated movie Silver Linings Playbook.
Showered with innumerable accolades and awards, he holds the distinction of winning no less then 8 Filmfare awards in a row. He has held the post of Chairman of the Censor Board and the National School of Drama. He has been awarded the Dalai Lama Award for his work with underprivileged children.
Not one to sit back and rest on his laurels, in 2005 Anupam Kher established his dream project Actor Prepares a premier acting school in the heart of Mumbai, where he takes time off his very hectic schedule to personally impart some of his acting secrets to tomorrow’s actors and superstars.
Shredding the comfortable cocoon that a star of his stature would live within, concerned with giving back something to society and those less privileged then him, he has for many years now been a teacher to differently-abled children and is one of the founder members of The People For Animals.
In 2008, years of hard work and planning finally culminated in the establishment of The Anupam Kher Foundation to spread education among less privileged children and to provide palliative care to people with life-limiting diseases. Since 2015 he has been appointed the Ambassador for the UN’s HeForShe Campaign, which strives for gender equality.
In recent years, Kher has been increasingly sought out by business schools and corporates to lecture about the lessons that can be imbibed from acting in coping with the pressures of life and living. In 2011, he detailed his philosophy and authored his first book on life coaching titled The Best Thing About You is You! The book is translated in 6 languages worldwide and is currently in its nineteenth edition.
Take the histrionics of an acting guru, add the genius of a thespian , combine the flair of a producer and director, and the humanitarian aspect of a Dalai Lama award-winner for his contribution to Cinema and social work, and you have some measure of Anupam Kher.