Kirron Kher

Kirron Kher is a film and television actress and also a Tv host

Kirron Kher is a film and television actress and also a Tv host. She is mostly seen playing supporting roles. Her successful movies include Main Hoon Na, Hum Tum, Veer-Zaara, Devdas, Om Shanti Om where her performance was praised. She is seen as a judge in seventh season of India's Got Talent.Kirron Anupam Kher is an Indian theatre, film and television actress, a TV talk show host and a member of the Bhartiya Janata Party. In May 2014, she was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian Parliament from Chandigarh. Kirron Kher was born on 14 June 1955 in Punjab and brought up in a Sikh family in Chandigarh.[5][6] Her sister is the Arjuna award-winning badminton player, Kanwal Thakar Kaur. Kirron had a brother, artist Amardeep Singh, who died in 2003.[7] Her other sister Sharanjit Kaur Sandhu is married to a retired senior Naval Officer.

She completed her school education in Chandigarh, and then graduated from the Department of Indian Theatre of Punjab University, Chandigarh. Kirron then married Gautam Berry, a rich Mumbai-based businessman, and had a son, Sikandar Kher.[8]

In Mumbai, Kiran tried throughout the 1980s to get a foothold in the film industry, but without success. While visiting producer after producer seeking a role in films, Kirron renewed her acquaintance with Anupam Kher, who was also a similarly struggling actor, and whom she had known slightly at university in Chandigarh. Anupam was also already married to someone else. Moving in the same theatre circles, they worked together in a play called Chandpuri Ki Champabai. In 1985, after Anupam had secured a break in films with Saaransh, he divorced his wife, Kirron divorced her husband, and they were married to each other the same year. They now run a production house together.[7][9]

Kiran Kher made her film debut in 1983 in the Punjabi feature film Aasra Pyar Da, a non-descript production which sank without a trace. After this, she took a hiatus from films.[10] Between 1983 and 1996, she appeared in exactly one film, Pestonjee (1987), wherein she acted in a bit role alongside her second husband Anupam Kher.

Her return to acting came in the mid-1990s, through theatre, with the play Saalgirah written by playwright Javed Siddiqui and directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.[2] She then hosted three television shows, starting with the short-lived Purushkshetra on Zee TV which got attention for bringing out the discussion of alternative sexuality for the first time, while also highlighting women's issues.[11] Kiron Kher Today and Jagte Raho with Kiron Kher, before doing Hindi films.[12]

Her comeback film was by Shyam Benegal, Sardari Begum (1996), which won her the Special Jury Award at the 1997 National Film Awards.

She then appeared in film director Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali film Bariwali (1999), to critical acclaim.[3] When she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for the film, a controversy arose as a Bangla film actress, Rita Koiral, claimed that she had dubbed for the character of Kiron, making her an equal claimant to the award. Kirron refuted the charges claiming she spent hours rehearsing for her dialogue delivery, and the award was eventually not shared.[3][4]

In 2002, Kirron appeared in Devdas (2002), alongside Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai, and was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.

In Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters) (2003),[13] a film that portrays the plight of a woman abducted during partition of India, her character not only refused to kill herself as suggested by her family, but marries her abductor and, after his death, makes an earning teaching Quran to local children. It shows how her life changes dramatically when her son takes up Islamic extremism in 1979 during the rule of Zia-ul-Haq and his process of Islamization of Pakistan.[14] She won the Best Actress Award, at Locarno International Film Festival,Switzerland, the Karachi International Film Festival, Karachi, and International Festivals at Ciepie in Argentina,[15] and Cape Town in South Africa [3][16] while the film won the Best Film – Golden Leopard, Festival Grand Prize at Locarno.[17]

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) 2004 paid tribute to Kirron during its annual festival.[18][19]

In October 2004 Kirron made a guest appearance, along with her husband, in the American TV series ER playing Parminder Nagra's mother, Mrs. Rasgotra, in episode "Damaged."[20]

In 2005, she played the role of Sunanda in the tele-serial Prratima on Sahara One channel, before which she had appeared in TV series like Dil Na Jaane Kyon (Zee TV), Isi Bahane, and Chausath Panne.[21]

Despite playing mostly supporting roles, her successful movies include Main Hoon Na (2004), Hum Tum (2004), Veer-Zaara (2004), and Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005), where her performance drew rave reviews.[22] Her work in Rang De Basanti (2006) was a huge hit and her performance got her second nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. Her role in Fanaa (2006) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) also received appreciation. Adding to her list of comical roles in 2008 she appeared inSingh is Kinng, Saas bahu aur Sensex and Dostana. In 2009, she appeared as judge on India's Got Talent, the Indian franchise of the Got Talent series. Kirron Kher was born on June 14, 1955 in Chandigarh, Punjab. She did her schooling and later college from IIPM, Chandigarh. She is a passionate Badminton player. Her debut Punjabi film Aasra Pyar Da was released in 1983. In 2009, Kirron formally joined the Bhartiya Janata Party. She has been a vocal admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She has a great liking for collecting jewellery and sarees. Due to her beliefs in numerology, she has changed her name from "Kiron" to "Kirron" in 2003. Kirron Kher is seen judging India's Got Talent season 7 alongwith Karan Johar and Malaika Arora Khan. The show is hosted by Bharti Singh and Siddharth Shukla. Kirron Kher got married to businessman and actor Gautam (Kapil) Berry and got divorced in the year 1985. They have a son named Sikandar Kher, who lives with his mother. Later, she got married to actor Anupam Kher, whom she first met in 1974 at Department of Indian Theatre, Chandigarh. Kirron's mother, Diljit Kaur, was active in sports and dramatics during her college days. She has a sister named Kanwal Thakar Kaur, who has won Arjuna award. She also had a brother, artist Amardeep Singh, who died in 2003. Kirron Kher made her film debut in 1983 with the Punjabi movie Aasra Pyar Da. She has worked as Costume Designer for Parampara, Gumrah, Prem Granth and acted alongwith Anupam Kher in Pestonjee. She made her comeback in acting with the Javed Siddiqui's play 'Saalgirah'.


She also hosted three television programs which includes Kiron Kher Today, Jaagte Raho and the highly praised Purushkshetra which aired on Zee TV. She has appeared as judge in India's Got Talent on colors. She was seen in several tv serials like Prratima, Dil Na Jaane Kyon, Isi Bahane and Chausath Panne. Kirron Kher was born on 14th June 1955 into a Sikh family in Punjab state, India. Her birth name is Kiran Thakar Singh but she now uses Kirron Kher as her screen name. She graduated from Department of Indian Theatre of Punjab University.

Kiran Kher made her acting through Aasra Pyar Da in 1983 but the film was a commercial disaster. She took a very long gap from acting during this time and did only one film between 1983 to 1996. He gained little recognition after appearing in Sardari Begum in 1996 for which she earned Special Jury Award at National Film Awards. In 1999 she worked for Bengali film Bariwali for which she won National Film Award.

Kiran Kher subsequently appeared in major films like Devdas co-starring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai and Jackie Shroff, Khamosh Pani, Main Hoon Na co-starring Shah Rukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Sunil Shetty and Zayed Khan, Hum Tum co-starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji and Rati Agnihotri, Veer-Zaara co-starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Manoj Bajpayee and Rani Mukerji, Mangal Pandey: The Rising co-starring Aamir Khanand Rani Mukerji, Rang De Basanti co-starring Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan and Sharman Joshi, among other films.

Having more faith in numerology she changed her name from “Kiron” to “Kirron” in 2003. She is an active political activist and joined Bhartiya Janata Party in 2009, she later contested election from Chandigarh for General Elections, 2014 and won the election on BJP ticket.



Publish Date May 2 2016

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