Kirron Kher or Kirron
was Kiran Thakar Singh in real life. She was born on June 14, 1955 in Punjab, India and she was raised in Chandigarh. Because of her belief in numerology, she decided to alter her name from Kiron or Kiran to Kirron. She is a veteran Indian film and television actress. She is also a theatre artist and a television host who belongs to the Bhartiya Janata Party. She was voted in Lok Sabha, the lower house of India’s Parliament. Kiran is the sister of Kanwal Thakar Kaur, a popular badminton player. She has a brother who died last 2003 and another sister who was married to a retired Naval Officer.
She studied in Chandigarh and graduated in the Department of Indian Theatre of Punjab University. She got married to Gautam Berry, a wealthy businessman from Mumbai. They had a son name
who is also an actor. Later, the two had a divorce and she remarries the Bollywood actor, Anupam Kher in 1985.
During the 80’s, Kiran tried her luck in the film industry to no success. She visits different producers and search for any role in films. Before she got married to Anupam, they have become friends since he is also a struggling actor and they have known each other in the University of Chandigarh. They worked in the same theatre industry and worked together in Chandpuri Ki Champabai. Anupam got his break in the film, Saaransh and later he divorced his wife. Kiran gets divorced as well and she got married to Anupam. The two are now running a production house.
She was debuted as a film actress in the Punjabi film, Aasra Pyar Da in 1983. Later, she had her break in films. From 1983 to 1996, she did only one Hindi film, Pestonjee with Anupam Kher. She came back into theatre and performed in the play, Saalgirah under the direction of
Feroz Abbas Khan
. Then she became a host of television shows like Zee TV’s Purushkshetra,
Kiron Kher Today
and Jagte Raho before she started doing Bollywood films. On her comeback to the big screen, she was awarded the Special Jury Award in the
National Film Awards
for bagging the role of Sardari Begum in the Hindi film, Sardari Begum in 1996. Then, she did the critically acclaimed Bengali film, Bariwali where she played the lead role as Banalata in year 2000.She won the Best Actress Award in the National Film Award but there are rumors that the Bangla actress, Rita Koirla dubbed for her character in the film. Rita wanted to share the award with her but Kiran claims that she spent many hours on practicing her dialogues, and so the award should not be shared by anyone.
She appeared in the romantic drama film, Devdas in 2002 and played the role of Sumitra Chakraborty. She gained a nomination in the Filmfare’s Best Supporting Actress award. She also did the French/German film, Khamosh Pani in 2003. This is the story that depicts the predicaments of a woman who was abducted while the partition of Bristish Indian Empire is happening. She got the Best Actress Award in the Locano International Film Festival in Switzerland, Karachi’s International Film Festival in Argentina’s International Festivals in Ciepie, South Africa’s Cape Town. The film received few awards as well.
In 2004, the IFFLA or Indian film Festival of Los Angeles, paid tribute to her during their yearly festival. In 2010, she did the episode, Damaged in the television series, ER together with her husband. In 2005, she appeared as Sunanda in TV serial, Prratima which was aired on Sahara One. Prior to this, she also made an appearance in television series like
, Dil Na Jaane Kyon and Chausath Panne.
She earned positive responses from her films
Main Hoon Na
, Veer Zaara,
and Mangal Pandey: The rising. Her role as Mitro, the mother of DJ (played by
) in the Indian drama film,
Rang De Basanti
became a box office and gained her nomination to the Filmfare’s Best Supporting Actress Award. She was also appreciated in her characters in Fanaa and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Kiran also did some comedic roles in Singh is Kinng, Dostana and more. She was also one of the juries in India’s Got Talent in 2009.
Kiran was nominated and won many awards. She was also part of different non-profit movements such as Laadi and Roko Cancer. Recently, she won the Lok Sabha seats which defeats Pawan Bansal and Gul Punag in the General Elections.