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Preceded by  Pawan Kumar Bansal
Name  Kirron Kher
Majority  69,642 (15.40%)
Role  Theatre actress
Occupation  Actress
Children  Sikandar Kher
Religion  Sikhism

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Full Name  Kiran Thakar Singh
Born  14 June 1955 (age 68) Punjab, India (1955-06-14)
Education  Panjab University, Chandigarh
Spouse  Anupam Kher (m. 1985), Gautam Berry (m. ?–1985)
Parents  Thakhar Singh Sandhu, Diljit Kaur
Siblings  Sharanjit Kaur Sandhu, Amardeep Singh, Kanwal Thakar Singh
Similar People  Anupam Kher, Sikandar Kher, Gautam Berry, Karan Johar, Malaika Arora Khan

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Kirron Anupam Kher (also Kiran or, Kiron born 14 June 1955) 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.


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Kirron Kher was born on 14 June 1955 in a Jat Sikh family and grew up in Chandigarh. She was named 'Kiran' by her parents and her full name was 'Kiran Thakar Singh.' During the period of her first marriage to Gautam Berry, she was known as 'Kiran Berry.' When she married Anupam Kher, she resumed her maiden name and also added her latest husband's surname, being known as 'Kiran Thakar Singh Kher.' In later life, she developed a firm belief in numerology, and in 2003 (aged 48), she changed her name from "Kiran" to "Kirron" based on numerological calculations, dropped her maiden names, and came to be known as 'Kirron Kher.'

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Kirron has one brother and two sisters. Her brother, the artist Amardeep Singh, died in 2003. One of her sisters is the Arjuna award-winning badminton player, Kanwal Thakar Kaur. Her other sister, Sharanjit Kaur Sandhu, is the wife of a retired senior officer of the Indian Navy.


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

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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.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, Kirron divorced her husband, and they were married to each other the same year. They now run a production house together.


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. 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. 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. Kiron Kher Today and Jagte Raho with Kiron Kher, before doing Hindi films.

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. 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.

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), 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. 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, and Cape Town in South Africa while the film won the Best Film – Golden Leopard, Festival Grand Prize at Locarno.

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

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."

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.

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. 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 in Singh 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.

Socio-political activism

Kirron Kher has been involved with non-profit movements such as Laadli (a campaign against female infanticide) and Roko Cancer (a campaign for awareness of cancer). She joined the Bhartiya Janata Party in 2009. She campaigned for the party in across the country during the elections, including in Chandigarh for the 2011 municipal corporation elections. She has been a vocal admirer of BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi since long before his candidature was announced. Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) declared her as the Lok Sabha candidate from Chandigarh for General Elections, 2014. Subsequently, in May 2014, she won the seat with 1,91,362 votes, defeating sitting MP, Congress leader Pawan Bansal who received 1,21,720 votes, while AAP’s Gul Panag came in third position with 1,08,679 votes.

As a Member of parliament from Chandigarh and having connection with the film industry, Kirron promised a film city for Chandigarh. After winning the seat, she said that she had difficulty in acquiring land in Chandigarh. However, her proposal was accepted by the Chandigarh Administration and the film city is proposed to be set up in Sarangpur, Chandigarh.


  • 1996: National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Sardari Begum
  • 2000: National Film Award for Best Actress: Bariwali
  • 2003: IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award: Devdas
  • 2003: Locarno International Film Festival: Best Actress : Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters)
  • 2003:5th Lux Style Awards: Lux Style Award for Best Film Actress for Khamosh Pani
  • 2003: Karachi International Film Festival: Best Female Actor in a Leading Role: Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters)
  • 2006: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress: Rang De Basanti
  • 2010: Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kurbaan
  • 2011: Colors Golden Petal Award for Most Manoranjank Personality
  • 2012: Colors Golden Petal Award for Most Dildaar Personality
  • 2015: PTC Punjabi Film Awards: for Critics Award Best Actress: Punjab 1984
  • Filmography

    Dil Na Jaane Kyun (TV Series)
    - Episode #1.64
    - Episode #1.1
    Dostana 2 (as Kiron Kher)
    Dhillon's Jackpot (TV Series) as
    Mrs. Dhillon
    Khoobsurat as
    Manju (Milli's Mother) (as Kiron Kher)
    Punjab 1984 as
    Satwant Kaur (as Kiron Kher)
    Total Chaos as
    Asha's Mom (as Kiron Kher)
    Ajab Gazabb Love as
    Rashmi Grewal (as Kiron Kher)
    Mummy Punjabi: Superman Ki Bhi Maa!! as
    Baby Rajendra Arora
    Action Replayy as
    Bholi Devi
    Milenge Milenge as
    Tarot Card Reader (as Kiron Kher)
    Alexander the Great (as Kiron Kher)
    Kurbaan as
    Nasreen Appa
    Kambakkht Ishq as
    Dostana as
    Mrs. Acharya (as Kiron Kher)
    Saas Bahu Aur Sensex as
    Binita Sen
    Singh Is King as
    Rose Lady / Sonia's Mother (as Kiron Kher)
    Om Shanti Om as
    Bela Makhija
    Mummyji as
    Mom (as Kiron Kher)
    Apne as
    Raavi B. Choudhary (as Kiron Kher)
    Just Married: Marriage Was Only the Beginning! as
    Shobha Chaturvedi (as Kiron Kher)
    I See You as
    Mrs. Dutt (as Kiron Kher)
    Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna as
    Kamaljit 'Kamal' Saran
    Fanaa as
    Nafisa Ali Beg
    Rang De Basanti as
    Mitro / DJ's Mother (as Kiron Kher)
    It Could Be You as
    Mrs. Dhillon (as Kiron Kher)
    Mangal Pandey as
    Lol Bibi
    Prratima (TV Series) as
    Sunanda Sukumar Roy
    Veer-Zaara as
    Mariam Hayaat Khan
    ER (TV Series) as
    Mrs. Rasgotra
    - Damaged (2004) - Mrs. Rasgotra (as Kiron Kher)
    Hum Tum as
    Parminder 'Bobby' Prakash (as Kiron Kher)
    Main Hoon Na as
    Madhu Sharma (as Kiron Kher)
    Silent Waters as
    Ayesha / Veero
    Karz: The Burden of Truth as
    Savitri Devi (as Kiron Kher)
    Devdas as
    Sumitra (as Kiron Kher)
    Ehsaas: The Feeling as
    Ravi 's mother (as Kiron Kher)
    Bariwali as
    Banalata (as Kiron Kher)
    Kanyadaan (TV Series) as
    Gubbare (TV Series)(2000) (as Kiron Kher)
    Darmiyaan: In Between as
    Zeenat (as Kiron Kher)
    Sardari Begum as
    Sardari Begum (as Kiron Kher)
    I... I... Yo... Mrs Chari! (TV Movie)(as Kiron Kher)
    Karan Arjun as
    Durjan Singh's Wife (as Kirron)
    Pestonjee as
    Soona Mistry (as Kiron Thakursingh-Kher)
    Isi Bahane (TV Series)(as Kiron Kher)
    Aasra Pyaar Da as
    Sheela (as Kiron Kher)
    Yahan Se Shehar Ko Dekho (as Kiron Kher)
    Costume Department
    PremGranth (wardrobe: Anupam Kher - as Kiron Kher)
    Gumrah (costumes - as Kiran Kher)
    Parampara (costumes - as Kiran Kher)
    Mangal Pandey (special thanks)
    India's Got Talent (TV Series) as
    Self - Judge
    - India's Got Talent Season 9 - Grand Finale (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Pre Finale (2022) - Self - Judge
    - IGT Semi Finals (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Judges Special (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Jersey's Cast On India's Got Talent (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Dasvi's Cast On India's Got Talent (2022) - Self - Judge
    - India Special (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Attack Challenge (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Bappi Da Special (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Rishtey Special (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Holi Special With Govinda And Karisma (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Holi Special (2022) - Self - Judge
    - The Fame Game Special (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Rohit Shetty Special (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Jackie Shroff On IGT (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Jackie Shroff Special (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Dharmendra Ji Special - Part 2 (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Dharmendra Ji Special - Part 1 (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Talent Ka Grand Premiere (2022) - Self - Judge
    - India's Got Talent - Grand Premiere (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Mauke Par Chauka (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Aasmaan Chuega India (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Beparvah Hunar (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Zimmedaari Ki Dastak (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Chamkega Qismat Ka Taara (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Entertainment Todega Sabhi Salaakhein (2022) - Self - Judge
    - India's Best Talent (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Hindustan Ka Hunar (2022) - Self - Judge
    - Grand Finale (2016) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Have you ever heard of 'Flute-Boxing'? (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Awesomeness inside Circus (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - WOAH! Karan got a lap dance! (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Who are the FINAL 6 OF IGT 6? (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - First Three finalists of IGT 6! (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Jogeshwari wins (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - The ABCD of talent! (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Lokendra pal enters Pre-finale (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Twisted Semi-final (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Its 'Knock Out' round on India's Got Talent (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Karo ya maro in the 'Knock Out' round (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Mime artist scares Kirron Kher (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Have a look at Malaika's doppelganger (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Goosebumps Guaranteed! (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Celebrities got weird talent (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Anushka Sharma volunteers for a powerpacked act (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Stage is set for 'Bombay Velvet' (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Witness a beautiful Bacchon ki Qawwali (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Karan Johar's #GharWapsi on India's Got Talent (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Grand Finale (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Season six begins (2015) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Grand Finale (2014) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Grand Finale (2012) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Grand Finale (2009) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Semifinal 2 (2009) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    - Semifinal 1 (Independence Day Special) (2009) - Self - Judge (as Kiron Kher)
    Koffee with Karan (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - The Koffee Awards (2019) - Self - Guest (as Kiron Kher)
    Planet's Got Talent (TV Series) as
    Self (as Kiron Kher)
    Comedy Nights with Kapil (TV Series) as
    - Kapil Ke Ghar Aayi Beauty Queens Malaika & Kirron (2014) - Self (as Kiron Kher)
    - Kirron Kher (2013) - Self (as Kiron Kher)
    Akarshan as
    Self (as Kiron Kher)
    Archive Footage
    Koffee with Karan (TV Series) as
    - Episode #1.7 (2005) - Self (as Kiron Kher)


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