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- * "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 almost 450 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
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 inÂ SaaranshÂ andÂ Daddy.Â He carried forward his golden streak in films
likeÂ Karma, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara,
Khosla Ka Ghosla, A Wednesday and Special 26 Â to name a few.
He extended his genius into production of such national and international
award winning films such asÂ BariwaliÂ andÂ MaineÂ 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 projectÂ Actor PreparesÂ Â 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 tomorrowâs actors and
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
In 2008, years of hard work and planning finally culminated in the
establishment ofÂ The Anupam Kher FoundationÂ 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
UNâs 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 11 languages worldwide
and is currently in its eighteeth 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.