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Anupam Kher stars in "Silver Linings Playbook," opposite Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, as Dr. Cliff Patel.

Anupam Kher is an actor who, in our times, has essayed some of the most memorable roles in Indian Cinema. In America, he is best known for his role as the father in "Bend It Like Beckham." For his acting abilities he has been conferred the distinction of one of the highest civilian awards by the Indian Government, The Padma Shri.

Born in the hill station in Shimla at the foothills of the Himalayas, Kher studied theater in the National School of Drama in Delhi (an institute of which later he would be the Chairman). After a stint as an acting teacher in Lucknow, Kher came to Mumbai in 1981 and debuted in "Saaransh," in which a 27-year-old Kher potrayed the character of a 65-year-old man, a role which won him critical acclaim and a national award. After having worked with the best Indian directors, and having done over 450 films, Kher is also recognized for his work in projects helmed by Western and American film makers like Gurinder Chadda, Ang Lee and Woody Allen.

Apart from his acting abilities, the abiding interests of Kher are his work with specially abled and underprivileged children. In 2005 he established Actor Prepares, a premier acting school in Mumbai that has created successful actors that are a part of the Indian film, television and advertisement industry. The institution earned him the title of Acting Guru. Three years later he set up the Anupam Kher Foundation to spread education among under privileged children — an endeavor, which won him the Dalai Lama Award.

His book "The Best Thing About You Is YOU," about life and its teachings, is a best seller and is in its eighth edition in a period of six months.


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Age: 61 years old
Birthday: March 7, 1955
Birthplace: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
Wife: Kiron Kher

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