Kirron Kher Age Boyfriend Husband Family Biography

Kirron Anupam Kher ( born 14 June 1952) is an Indian politician; theatre, film and television actress; television personality; singer; entertainment producer; and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In May 2014, she was elected to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian Parliament, from Chandigarh. During her film career, she is the recipient of two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Award nominations.

Early life

Kiran Thakar Singh Sandhu was born on 14 June 1952 in Bangalore, Mysore State, India into a Punjabi Jatt Sikh family of the Sandhu clan and grew up in Chandigarh. 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 51), she changed her name from “Kiran” to “Kirron” based on numerological calculations, dropped her maiden names, and came to be known as ‘Kirron Kher.’

Kirron has one brother and two sisters. Her brother, the artist Amardeep Singh Sandhu, 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.

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Kirron went to school in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, and completed her school education in Chandigarh, and then graduated from the Department of Indian Theatre of Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Personal life

Kirron married Gautam Berry, a Mumbai–based businessman, in first week of March 1979, and had a son, Sikandar Kher.

In Mumbai, Kirron 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 (1984), Kirron divorced her first husband.

Kirron Kher Age Boyfriend Husband Family Biography

Full NameKiran Thakar Singh Kher
ProfessionActress, Politician
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 165 cm

in meters- 1.65 m

in Feet Inches- 5’ 5”
Weightin Kilograms- 68 kg

in Pounds- 150 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Political PartyBharatiya Janata Party
Political Journey2009: Joined the BJP

2011: Campaigned for the BJP in the 2011 municipal corporation elections in Chandigarh

2014: In the Lok Sabha Elections, won the Chandigarh seat with 1,91,362 votes, defeating Congress’ Pawan Bansal and AAP’s Gul Panag

2019: Won the Lok Sabha elections from the Chandigarh Constituency for the second time
Personal Life
Date of Birth14 June 1952 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2023)71 Years
BirthplacePunjab, India
Zodiac signGemini
HometownChandigarh, India
SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityPanjab University, Chandigarh
Educational QualificationMaster Of Arts (English Literature) From Department Of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1973
DebutFilm: Aasra Pyaar Da (Punjabi, 1983)

Television: Isi Bahane (Hindi, 1988)
FamilyFather– Thakhar Singh Sandhu

Mother– Diljit Kaur

Brother– Amardeep Singh (Artist)

Sister– Sharanjit Kaur Sandhu, Kanwal Thakar Singh (Badminton Player)

AddressH.No.23, Sector- 7-A, Chandigarh-160018
HobbiesHoroscope, Jewellery
ControversyUse of “harsh language”

In March 2023, during a foundation stone-laying ceremony at Kishangarh, Chandigarh, she came under fire for her use of “harsh language.” During her speech, she said, “Agar Deep Complex mein mujhe ek bhi Banda vote na Dale….to bade laanat ki baat hai….jaakar chittar ferne chaeye unko (If no one from Deep Complex votes for me, it is a highly shameful thing. …..They need to be beaten up with slippers…).” The Indian Express
FoodSamosa, Punjabi Food
Actor(s)Anupam Kher, Sunil Dutt
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsGautam Berry (Businessman)

Anupam Kher (Actor)
HusbandGautam Berry (Businessman)

Anupam Kher, Actor (Married 1985)
ChildrenSons– Sikandar Kher, Actor (Born 31 October, 1981)

Daughters– None
Style Quotient
CarMercedes Benz (2013 model)
Assets/PropertiesBank Deposit: Rs. 21 Crore

Bonds/Shares: Rs. 1.39 Crore

Vehicles: Worth Rs. 2 Crore

Jewellery: Worth Rs. 4.85 Crore

Commercial Building: Worth Rs. 5.5 Crore (in sector 17 E Chandigarh)

Residential Buildings: Worth Rs. 10 Crore (in Chandigarh, Shimla, and Mumbai)
Money Factor
Salary (as a Member of Parliament)Rs. 1 Lakh + Other Allowances
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 47.5 Crore (as in 2019)


Kirron made her film debut in 1983 in the Punjabi feature film Aasra Pyar Da, After this, she took a hiatus from films until 1996. Between 1983 and 1996, she appeared in one film, Pestonjee (1987), in which she acted in a small 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. Kirron Kher Today and Jagte Raho with Kirron Kher, before doing Hindi films.

Her comeback film was Sardari Begum (1996), directed by Shyam Benegal. Her performance received high critical acclaim and earned her the National Film Award – Special Jury Award (Feature Film).

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 Kirron, 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, Kher appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period romantic drama Devdas (2002), alongside Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit in which her performance received widespread critical acclaim, receiving her first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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

In October 2004, Kher made a guest appearance, along with her husband, in the American TV series ER playing Parminder Nagra’s mother, Mrs. Rasgotra, in the 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 films 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 also acclaimed with her performance earning her a second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her role in Fanaa (2006) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) also received appreciation, receiving her third nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for the latter. Adding to her list of comical roles in 2008 she appeared in Singh Is Kinng, Saas Bahu Aur Sensex and Dostana, receiving her fourth nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for the lattermost. 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 a 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.

Kirron Kher, BJP candidate, won in the 2019 Indian general election Chandigarh constituency by a margin of 46,970 votes.


After a woman was gang raped by an auto-rickshaw driver and his accomplices in Chandigarh in 2017, she suggested that women should avoid traveling with strangers, earning widespread criticism from the opposition and social media.


2014Punjab 1984Satwant Kaur (Shiva’s mother)Punjabi
KhoobsuratManju (Mili’s mother)Hindi
Total SiyapaaAsha’s mother
2012Ajab Gazabb LoveRashmi Grewal
2011Mummy PunjabiBaby R. Arora
2010Action ReplayyBholi Devi
Milenge MilengeTarot Card Reader
Alexander the GreatMalayalam
2009KurbaanNasreen AapaHindi
Kambakkht IshqAunt Dolly
2008DostanaMrs. Seema Acharya (Sam’s mother)Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Saas Bahu Aur SensexBinita Sen
Singh Is KinngRose Lady (Sonia’s mother)
2007Om Shanti OmBela Makhija (Om’s mother)
ApneRaavi B. Choudhary
Just MarriedShobha Chaturvedi
2006I See YouMrs. Dutt
Kabhi Alvida Naa KehnaKamaljit ‘Kamal’ SaranNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
FanaaNafisa Ali Begum (Zooni’s mother)
Rang De BasantiMitro (DJ’s Mother)Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005Mangal Pandey: The RisingLol Bibi
It Could Be YouMrs. DhillonEnglish
2004Veer–ZaaraMariam Hayaat Khan (Zaara’s mother)Hindi
Hum TumParminder ‘Bobby’ Prakash (Rhea’s mother)
Main Hoon NaMadhu Sharma
Khamosh PaniVeero/Ayesha KhanPunjabi, UrduLux Style Award for Best Film Actress
2002Karz: The Burden of TruthSavitri DeviHindi
DevdasSumitra ChakrabortyNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2001Ehsaas: The FeelingAntra’s mother
1999BariwaliBanalataBengaliNational Film Award for Best Actress
1997Darmiyaan: In BetweenZeenat BegumHindi / Assamese
1996Sardari BegumSardari BegumHindiNational Film Award – Special Jury Award (Feature Film)
1988PestonjeeSoona Mistrycredited as Kirron Thakursingh–Kher
1983Aasra Pyaar DaSheelaPunjabi


2009–presentIndia’s Got TalentHindiJudge
2004EREnglishMrs. RasgotraEpisode: Damaged
PrratimaHindiSunanda Sukumar Roy
1988Isi BahaneHindi

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