Speaker Details

Anupam Kher

Award Winning International Actor and Author

Anupam Kher, best known for his prolific career in Indian cinema, has appeared internationally in over 500 films and 100 plays, over a span of 35 years, with blockbuster hits including: Saaransh, Khosla Ka Ghosla!, A Wednesday!, Special 26, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, and The Accidental Prime Minister, to name a few. Having worked with acclaimed directors such as Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Woody Allen, Gurinder Chaddha and the Wachowskis, some of his Hollywood films include Silver Linings Playbook, Hotel Mumbai, and The Big Sick. Anupam Kher, a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts, and former Chairman of the Film Certification Board, National School of Drama, and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), is a recipient of the IIFA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema, was nominated for the prestigious BAFTA, and received a record breaking eight consecutive Filmfare Awards. In 2004, Kher was bestowed the Padma Shri Award, followed by the Padma Bhushan Award in 2016, for his distinguished service of higher order in art. Kher currently resides in New York, starring in NBC’s hit series New Amsterdam, which was just extended for another three seasons. In addition to his acting career, he established Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares in 2005, a world-renowned acting school. Deepika Padukone, Abishekh Bachchan, and Hritik Roshan are amongst the list of notable alumni. Kher has also authored two books: Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly: An Autobiography, and The Best Thing About You Is You, which has been translated into six languages and is in its 20th edition. Through his works, he has earned himself a reputation as a motivational speaker, sought by corporations and educational institutions including Harvard, Oxford, MIT, and Kellogg School of Management. In 2019, Anupam Kher was listed as one of the top ten social media influencers in the world. 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.