About Anupam Kher
Award Winning International Actor, Author & Motivational Speaker Anupam Kher, best known for his prolific career in Indian and international cinema, has appeared in over 500 films and 100 plays, over a span of 35 years, having played iconic characters in critical and commerical hits. Kher has worked with acclaimed international directors such as Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Woody Allen, Gurinder Chaddha and the Wachowskis. Anupam Kher is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (USA). His former national appointments include Chairman of institutions such as the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), National School of Drama and Film Certification Board of India. He is a recipient of the IIFA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema, was nominated for the prestigious British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), and received a record breaking eight consecutive Filmfare Awards. In 2004, Kher was bestowed the Padma Shri Award, followed by the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India, in 2016, for his distinguished service of higher order in art.
In addition to his acting career, he established Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares in 2005, a world-renowned acting school. Kher is also an acclaimed author with three published books. He was awarded the Dalai Lama Award for his work with underprivileged children through the Anupam Kher Foundation, founded in 2008, and was also appointed as a UN Ambassador for the HeForShe campaign.
Chairman's Message : Anupam Kher Foundation
"I have had the best that this life could offer anyone and I am thankful to Almighty for where I stand today. Along this course of success I have always been moved by the abject poverty around us and how it affects the lives of children who fail to realize their innate potential and many a times become victims of various negative forces. At this stage of my life, I want to contribute towards a cause that I have always cherished in my heart.
My association with different children related agencies has introduced me to the power of innocence and honesty exemplied through simple acts of these children. I can't compare that experience to anything material that we acquire through our efforts. I can easily say that it has brought me closer to the spiritual dimension of this life.
With the help of well meaning individuals in the society, I would like to do my bit for the less fortunate children by making their lives more beautiful, more meaningful. As I embark on this voyage, I would like you all to get associated with me in this inner journey towards a better tomorrow for our country."