Hariharan is an Indian playback and ghazal singer, whose songs have been featured in Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi and Telugu films. He is one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music. In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India and is a two-time National Award winner. Hariharan, associating with Lesle Lewis, formed a two-member band, they have cut many private music albums and scored music for few feature films in Tamil cinema and Bollywood cinema. Hariharan was born in Bombay now known as Mumbai, he has bachelor's degrees in law. He is fluent in English, Marathi and Tamil, he did his collegiate studies from S. I. E. S. College; the son of renowned Carnatic vocalists, Shrimati Alamelu and the late H. A. S. Mani, he inherited his parents' musical talents. Alamelu was Hariharan's first guru. From her, he picked up Carnatic music skills, he was exposed to Hindustani music from a young age. In his teens, inspired by the songs of Mehdi Hassan, Hariharan developed a passion for ghazals and started training in Hindustani music from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
He used to put in thirteen hours of singing practice every day. At the start of his career, Hariharan did the concert circuit and performed on TV, he sang for a number of TV serials. In 1977, he won the top prize in the "All India Sur Singaar Competition" and was promptly signed on by the late music director Jaidev to sing for his new Hindi film Gaman, his debut song "Ajeeb Sa neha Mujh Par Guzar gaya yaaron" in that movie became such a hit that it won him an Uttar Pradesh State Film Award, as well as a National Award nomination. Hariharan entered the world of Tamil films in 1992 introduced by debutant music director A. R. Rahman with the patriotic song "Thamizha Thamizha" in Maniratnam's film Roja, he was judged best male playback singer in the 1995 Tamil Nadu State Government Film Awards for his soulful rendition of the song "Uyire Uyire" by music director A. R Rahman in Maniratnam's Bombay. Hariharan has been one of the most trusted singers of Rahman and has sung many songs for him in long list of movies that includes Muthu, Minsara Kanavu, Indian, Taal, Indira, Anbe Aaruyire, Kangalal Kaithu Sei, Sivaji, Kannathil Muthamittal, Enthiran etc.
In 1998, Hariharan won the national award for the best playback singer for the soulful rendition of the song "Mere Dushman Mere Bhai" from the Hindi movie Border, composed by Anu Malik. Hariharan got another National Award for the Marathi song "Jiv Rangla" from Jogwa, set to tune by Ajay Atul in the year 2009, he has sung nearly 200 Hindi songs. He has sung hundreds of songs in Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi and Odia languages. Hariharan has acted in a Tamil film with Kushboo, Power of Women, played cameo roles in the Tamil film Boys and the Malayalam film Millennium Stars. Hariharan is one of the foremost Indian ghazal singers and composers with more than thirty albums to his credit. In his early career, he cut several successful ghazal albums. One of Hariharan's first ghazal albums was Aabshar-e-Ghazal with Asha Bhosle, which went gold in sales. Another outstanding ghazal album was Gulfam, which not only hit double platinum in sales but fetched Hariharan the Diva Award for the Best Album of the Year in 1995.
The other major ghazal albums by him are Hazir, Halka Nasha, Paigham and Lahore Ke Rang Hari Ke Sang. His live concert recordings, Hariharan in Concert and Swar Utsav were run away successes, his latest ghazal album is Lafzz.... Hariharan worked with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on his album Hazir; the album Lahore Ke Rang Hari Ke Sang won rave reviews and critical acclaim inside and outside India. A. R. Rahman was an avid listener of his ghazals way before roping him in to sing his first song in Tamil film music, "Thamizha Thamizha", for the film Roja; the year 1996 was a career milestone. Their first album, Colonial Cousins was a fusion album and was the first Indian act to be featured on MTV Unplugged, it won a string of awards including the MTV Indian Viewers' Choice award and Billboard Award for the Best Asian Music Group. By this single album, Hariharan established himself as one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music; the next albums by this band were The Way We Do It and Aatma but were noticed.
Colonial Cousins released their fourth studio album "Once More" on 29 October 2012 under the label Universal. The 2009 Tamil film Modhi Vilayadu had soundtrack composed by Colonial Cousins, they scored the 2010 Tamil film Chikku Bukku. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri and Yesudas Award for his outstanding performance in music. Hariharan collaborated with Pakistan based band Strings for a track called "Bolo Bolo", he released. He coined the terminology "Urdu Blues" with his successful album Kaash which featured musicians like Anandan Sivamani the percussion maestro, Ustad Rashid Mustafa on tabla, Ustad Liyaqat Ali Khan on sitar and Ustad Sultan Khan on sarangi, he performed the Swagatham song in the 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony held in New Delhi on 3 October. In 2014 he launched his official website, he is appearing in a music show in Jaya TV named Hari Yudan Naan, aired every Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00 pm. Hariharan col
K. S. Chithra
Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra credited as K. S. Chithra or Chithra, is an Indian playback singer and carnatic musician from Kerala. Chithra sings Indian classical and popular music, she has sung more than 25,000 songs in a number of Indian languages, including Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, Oriya, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Urdu and Badaga, as well as foreign languages such as Malay, Arabic, Sinhalese and French. Chithra is a recipient of six National Film Awards, eight Filmfare Awards South and 36 different state film awards, she has won all the four south Indian state film awards. She was honored with India's civilian honor Padma Shri in 2005, she is the first Indian woman, honored by House of Commons, British Parliament, United Kingdom in 1997. She is the only singer from India, honored by the Government of China at the Qinghai International Music and Water Festival in 2009, she is the only singer from the South India who has received the MTV Video Music Award – International Viewer's Choice at Metropolitan Opera House, New York, United States.
In 2018, She was honoured by the Mr. Craig Coughlin, Speaker of the General Assembly, New Jersey, United States. In 2019, she was honoured by the Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah and is a member of the Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, UAE for completing 40 Years in Indian Film Industry, she is the only South Indian female singer who has presented her maiden concert at the world's prestigious concert hall Royal Albert Hall in London in 2001. Her song "Kannalane/Kehna Hi Kya" from the film Bombay was included in England The Guardian's "1000 Songs Everyone Must Hear" list. Born in Thiruvananthapuram, into a family of musicians, Chithra's father, the late Krishnan Nair, was her first guru, her elder sister K. S. Beena and her younger brother K. Mahesh are playback singers. Chithra received her training in Carnatic music from Dr. K. Omanakutty, passed B. A. in music with first class and third rank from the University of Kerala, completed a master's degree in music.
She was selected to the National Talent Search Scholarship from the Central Government from 1978 to 1984. Chithra was introduced to Malayalam playback by M. G. Radhakrishnan in 1979 who recorded her voice for films and private albums. Attahasam, Snehapoorvam Meera and Njan Ekananu were the first few films in which she recorded her voice, she performed live concerts with K. J. Yesudas in India and abroad; the song "Manjal Prasadavum" from the film Nakhakshathangal composed by Bombay Ravi got her the second National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer. For the same composer, she sang the song "Indupushpam Choodi Nilkum" for the film Vaishali and won her third National Film Award, her first Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer was for the song "Aayiram Kannumayi" from the film Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu composed by Jerry Amaldev. Since she has earned wide recognition by singing popular songs under the compositions of Raveendran, Shyam, S. P. Venkitesh, Mohan Sithara, Kannur Rajan, Johnson, Ouseppachan, M. K. Arjunan, A. T. Ummer, Berny Ignatius, M. B.
Sreenivasan, Mohan Sithara, Ramesh Narayan, Sharreth and M. Jayachandran, she recorded many successful songs in Malayalam. She recorded a number of songs for the composer S. P. Venkitesh and her maximum duet songs in Malayalam are with K. J. Yesudas and M. G. Sreekumar; as of 2017, she has won the Kerala State Awards for the record 16 times. Chithra made her debut in the Tamil film industry through the song "Poojaikketha Poovithu" from the film Neethana Antha Kuyil, composed by Ilaiyaraaja, she was given the title Chinnakuyil after singing the song "Chinna Kuyil Paadum" from the 1985 released film Poove Poochudava. Director Fazil cast her for this song after Ilaiyaraaja got impressed with her song sung in original version in Malayalam for the film Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu in 1985 directed by himself.. For the folksy classical song "Paadariyaen Padippariyaen" from the film Sindhu Bhairavi, she was awarded with the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer. Since she has recorded thousands of Tamil film songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja, A. R. Rahman, Deva, S. A. Rajkumar, Sirpy, Yuvan Shankar Raja, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Harris Jayaraj and Santhosh Narayanan.
She has sung huge number of evergreen hit songs in Tamil. She is the only female singer who has sung the maximum number of songs for the Academy Award winning composer A. R. Rahman for his Tamil film songs.. Her fifth National award for best singer was for the song "Oooh La La" from the film Minsara Kanavu. Chithra started her journey in Kannada cinema through the film Preethi released in 1986; the duet song "Nee Hacchida Ee Kumkuma" along with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was composed by G. K. Venkatesh. In the same year, composer M. Ranga Rao offered her two songs in the film Aruna Raaga; this was followed by "Sheela O My Sheela", a duet song with K. J. Yesudas and composed by Bappi Lahiri for the Dwarakish directorial fantasy-adventure film Africadalli Sheela. For the rest of the 1980s, she recorded songs for composers like Rajan-Nagendra, S. P. Venkatesh, Sankar Ganesh and Vijay Anand; some of her popular songs in the 1980s were from the films such as Karunamayi, Suprabhatha, C. B. I. Shankar, Hrudaya Geethe and Krishna Nee Kunidaga.
From the early 90s, she was the most preferred female voice in Kannada industry and Chitra sang for most of songs released for the entire decade. The 199
Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which concludes in victory for the hero. Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic unbelievable events are met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are but not limited to, car chases and gunplay or shootouts; this genre is associated with the thriller and adventure genres, they may contain elements of spy fiction.
Some historians consider The Great Train Robbery to be the first action film. During the 1920s and 1930s, action-based films were "swashbuckling" adventure films in which actors, such as Douglas Fairbanks, wielded swords in period pieces or Westerns. Indian action films in this era were known as stunt films; the 1940s and 1950s saw "action" in a new form through cowboy movies. Alfred Hitchcock ushered in the spy-adventure genre while establishing the use of action-oriented "set pieces" like the famous crop-duster scene and the Mount Rushmore finale in North by Northwest; the film, along with a war-adventure called The Guns of Navarone, inspired producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to invest in their own spy-adventure, based on the novels of Ian Fleming; the long-running success of the James Bond films or series introduced a staple of the modern-day action film: the resourceful hero. Such larger-than-life characters were a veritable "one-man army"; such heroes are ready with one-liners and dry quips.
The Bond films used fast cutting, car chases, fist fights, a variety of weapons and gadgets, elaborate action sequences. Producer-Director John Sturges' 1963 film The Great Escape, featuring Allied prisoners of war attempting to escape a German POW camp during World War II, featuring future icons of the action genre including Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, is an example of an action film prototype. During the 1970s, gritty detective stories and urban crime dramas began to evolve and fuse themselves with the new "action" style, leading to a string of maverick police officer films, such as Bullitt, The French Connection and The Seven-Ups. Dirty Harry lifted its star, Clint Eastwood, out of his cowboy typecasting, framed him as the archetypal hero of the urban action film. In many countries, restrictions on language, adult content, violence had loosened up, these elements became more widespread. In the 1970s, martial-arts films from Hong Kong became popular with Western audiences and inspired big budget films such as Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon.
Chuck Norris blended martial arts with'cops and robbers' in films such as Good Guys Wear Black and A Force of One. From Japan, Sonny Chiba starred in his first martial arts movie in 1973 called the Karate Kiba, his breakthrough international hit was The Street Fighter series, which established him as the reigning Japanese martial arts actor in international cinema. He played the role of Mas Oyama in Champion of Death, Karate Bearfighter, Karate for Life. Chiba's action films were not only bounded by martial arts, but action thriller and science fiction. In the 1980s, Hollywood produced many big budget action blockbusters with actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lorenzo Lamas, Michael Dudikoff, Charles Bronson and Bruce Willis. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas paid their homage to the Bond-inspired style with Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1982, veteran actor Nick Nolte and rising comedian Eddie Murphy broke box office records with the action-comedy 48 Hrs. credited as the first "buddy-cop" movie.
That same year, Sylvester Stallone starred in First Blood, the first installment in the Rambo film series which made the character John Rambo a pop culture icon. 1984 saw the beginning of the Terminator franchise starring Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This story provides one of the grittiest roles for a woman in action and Hamilton was required to put in extensive effort to develop a strong physique.1987's Lethal Weapon starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Darlene Love was another significant action film hit of the decade, another "buddy-cop" genre classic, launching a franchise that spawned 3 sequels. The 1988 film, Die Hard, was influential on the development of the action genre. In the film, Bruce Willis plays a New York police detective who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a terrorist take-over of a Los Angeles office building high-rise; the use of a maverick, resourceful lone hero has always been a common thread from James Bond to John Rambo, but John McClane in Die Hard is much more of an'everyday' person whom circumstance turns into a reluctant hero
Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, their earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock. Before forming Queen and Taylor had played together in the band Smile. Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques, he joined in 1970 and suggested the name "Queen". Deacon was recruited before the band recorded their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen first charted in the UK with their second album, Queen II, in 1974. Sheer Heart Attack that year and A Night at the Opera in 1975 brought them international success; the latter featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK for nine weeks and helped popularise the music video format. The band’s 1977 album News of the World contained "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions", which have become anthems at sporting events.
By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. "Another One Bites the Dust" became their best-selling single, while their 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits is the best-selling album in the UK and is certified eight times platinum in the US. Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert has been ranked among the greatest in rock history by various publications. In August 1986, Mercury gave his last performance with Queen at England. In 1991, he died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, Deacon retired in 1997. Since 2004, May and Taylor have toured under the "Queen +" name with vocalists Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert. Estimates of Queen's record sales range from 170 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. Queen received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Each member has composed hit singles, all four were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.
In 2005, Queen received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors. In 2018, they were presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1968, guitarist Brian May, a student at London's Imperial College, bassist Tim Staffell decided to form a band. May placed an advertisement on a college notice board for a "Mitch Mitchell/Ginger Baker type" drummer; the group called themselves Smile. While attending Ealing Art College in west London, Tim Staffell became friends with Farrokh “Freddie” Bulsara, a fellow student from Zanzibar of Indian Parsi descent. Bulsara, working as a baggage handler at London’s Heathrow Airport, felt that he and the band had the same tastes and soon became a keen fan of Smile. In 1970, after Staffell left to join the band Humpy Bong, the remaining Smile members, encouraged by now-member Bulsara, changed their name to "Queen" and performed their first gig on 18 July; the band had a number of bass players during this period.
It was not until February 1971 that they settled on John Deacon and began to rehearse for their first album. They recorded four of their own songs, "Liar", "Keep Yourself Alive", "The Night Comes Down" and "Jesus", for a demo tape, it was around this time Freddie changed his surname to "Mercury", inspired by the line "Mother Mercury, look what they've done to me" in the song "My Fairy King". On 2 July 1971, Queen played their first show in the classic line-up of Mercury, May and Deacon at a Surrey college outside London. Having attended art college, Mercury designed Queen's logo, called the Queen crest, shortly before the release of the band's first album; the logo combines the zodiac signs of all four members: two lions for Leo, a crab for Cancer, two fairies for Virgo. The lions embrace a stylised letter Q, the crab rests atop the letter with flames rising directly above it, the fairies are each sheltering below a lion. There is a crown inside the Q and the whole logo is over-shadowed by an enormous phoenix.
The whole symbol bears a passing resemblance to the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom with the lion supporters. The original logo, as found on the reverse-side of the cover of the band's first album, was a simple line drawing. Sleeves bore more intricate-coloured versions of the logo. In 1972, Queen entered discussions with Trident Studios after being spotted at De Lane Lea Studios by John Anthony. After these discussions, Norman Sheffield offered the band a management deal under Neptune Productions, a subsidiary of Trident, to manage the band and enable them to use the facilities at Trident to record new material, whilst the management searched for a record label to sign Queen; this suited both parties, as Trident were expanding into management, under the deal, Queen were able to make use of the hi-tech recording facilities used by other musicians such as the Beatles and Elton John to produce new material. Roger Taylor described these early off-peak studio hours as "gold dust". In 1973, Queen signed to a deal with Trident/EMI.
By July of that year, they released their eponymous debut album, an effort influenced by heavy metal and progressive rock. The album was received well by critics.
Urmila Matondkar, is an Indian film actress, television personality and politician known for her work in Hindi cinema, in addition to Malayalam, Marathi and Telugu language films. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Filmfare Award, a Screen Award and a Nandi Award, her film roles contributed to a new on-screen persona for a Hindi film heroine, in which she was known for her acting, intense style and dancing skills. Having done so, Matondkar established herself as a leading actress of Bollywood. After making her acting debut as a child artiste in the 1980 Marathi film Zaakol, Matondkar made her Hindi film debut with the drama Kalyug, she gained wide recognition in the acclaimed drama Masoom, following which she appeared in a few other films as a child artiste. Her first feature film as the female lead came with the Malayalam blockbuster Chanakyan, following which she began a full-time acting career, with a leading role in the 1991 box office hit Narsimha. Following a brief setback, Matondkar starred in the commercially successful Aa Gale Lag Ja.
The year 1995 marked a turning point for Matondkar when she was cast by Ram Gopal Varma as the female lead in the successful romantic drama Rangeela, following which she received widespread praise for her performances, the 1997 drama Judaai, the 1998 crime thriller Satya, the 1999 romantic comedy Khoobsurat, the 2000 thriller Jungle and the 2002 psychological romance Deewangee. She achieved success in Telugu and Tamil cinema with starring roles in Antham, Gaayam and Anaganaga Oka Roju. Matondkar garnered critical recognition for portraying a range of intense psychological characters, including, a serial killer in the 1999 thriller Kaun, an obsessive lover in the 2001 thriller Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, a possessed woman in the 2003 horror film Bhoot, for which she won a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and a violent avenger in the 2004 thriller Ek Hasina Thi, she collaborated with independent filmmakers in art-house projects, the dramas Tehzeeb, Naina, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, Bas Ek Pal and the Marathi film Ajoba.
In addition to acting in films, Matondkar is involved with several humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children. She has featured as a talent judge for Sony TV's Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 2, Colors' Chak Dhoom Dhoom and Zee Marathi's Dance Maharashtra Dance. Matondkar made her film debut as a child artiste in Shreeram Lagoo's Marathi film Zaakol. Subsequently, she featured in Shyam Benegal's crime Kalyug, Shekhar Kapur's drama Masoom, Praveen Bhatt's Bhavna, Kasinathuni Viswanath's Sur Sangam, Rahul Rawail's Dacait and Kalpataru's Bade Ghar Ki Beti as a child star, she made her debut as an adult in 1989, with T. K. Rajeev Kumar's Malayalam blockbuster Chanakyan, opposite Kamal Haasan, her Bollywood adult debut came with N. Chandra's 1991 action drama Narsimha. Upon release, the film emerged a commercial success. Matondkar played the role of Meenu S. Singh, the rebellious daughter of Baapji, a goon lord and capitalist of the city, she next starred alongside Shahrukh Khan.
Her first Telugu film came with the action-crime Antham, its Hindi bilingual Drohi opposite Akkineni Nagarjuna. She played Bhavna, an ornithologist, in love with Nagarjuna's character. Upon release, the film received positive reviews from critics; the film marked first of her many collaborations with director Ram Gopal Verma. In 1993, Matondkar appeared in Shreemaan Aashique opposite Rishi Kapoor and Bedardi opposite Ajay Devgn— both these films failed critically and commercially. Varma's Telugu political thriller Gaayam was her next release; the film garnered positive reviews, with six state Nandi Awards, emerged a Super Hit at the box office. Matondkar's performance earned her a Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress, she gained wider public recognition with the 1994 hit romantic drama Aa Gale Lag Ja, starring alongside Jugal Hansraj. In 1995, Matondkar established herself as a leading actress of contemporary Hindi cinema by featuring in Varma's musical romance Rangeela, one of the top-grossing productions of the year.
Co-starring Aamir Khan and Jackie Shroff, the film emerged as a blockbuster with a gross of ₹334 million. Matondkar played Mili Joshi, an effervescent fun-loving friend of a street-toughened orphan, who ambitions of becoming an actress. While analysing her career, Scoop Whoop wrote, "As Mili, she was both the innocent girl-next-door and the sensuous woman who'd make men go crazy...". At the 41st Filmfare Awards, Rangeela was nominated for 12 awards including a first Best Actress nomination for Matondkar; the film was screened at the International Film Festival of India. In the same year, she starred alongside Mohanlal in the Malayalam action Thacholi Varghese Chekavar, she played Maya, the only witness in a homicide, kept under house arrest by her parents. In 1996, she played Sapna, the daughter of an RTO official in S. Shankar's Indian, which marked her first Tamil film, it was dubbed and released in Hindi under the title Hindustani. Featuring Kamal Haasan in dual roles alongside Matondkar and Manisha Koirala, it was the most expensive Indian film at that time, with a budget of ₹150 million.
Nirupama Subramanian of India Today felt the film was a commercial potboiler and wrote, "Indian has dances, foot-tapping melodies by A. R. Rahman and two pretty women, Manisha Koirala and Urmila Matondkar". Both Indian and Hindustani were commercial successes; the film was India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards in 19
Anupam Kher is an Indian actor and the former Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India. He is the recipient of eight Filmfare Awards, he has appeared in over 500 films in many plays. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in Saaransh, he holds the record for winning the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian five times in total for: Ram Lakhan, Khel and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. He won the National Film Award for Special Mention twice for his performances in Daddy and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara. For his performance in the film Vijay, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Besides working in Hindi films, he has appeared in many acclaimed international films such as the Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee's Golden Lion–winning Lust and David O. Russell's Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook, he received a BAFTA nomination for his supporting role in the British television sitcom The Boy with the Topknot. He has held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama in India.
The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts. On 31 October 2018, he resigned as the chairman of the FTII, citing his work on the American television show New Amsterdam, which required him to spend more time in the United States. Kher was born into a Kashmiri Pandit Hindu family, his father was a clerk and he had a modest upbringing. He was educated at D. A. V. School in Shimla. In his struggling days as an actor in Mumbai, he slept on railway platforms, he is a former chairperson of the National School of Drama. Some of his early roles were in plays performed at the Himachal Pradesh University. In 1984, a 30-year-old Kher played a retired middle class man. Subsequently, he hosted TV shows such as Say Na Something To Anupam Uncle, Sawaal Dus Crore Ka, Lead India, The Anupam Kher Show - Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, which became a big hit on its 1st episode when Shah Rukh Khan was invited as a guest. Kher has had many comic roles but he has played a variety of roles.
For instance, his role as a terrorist, Dr. Dang, in Karma received a lot of critical acclaim. For his role in Daddy, he received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance, he has starred alongside Hindi Cinema's superstar Shah Rukh Khan many times in films such as Darr, Zamaana Deewana, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Veer-Zaara, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Happy New Year. He has been a producer, he starred in the film Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara. He received the Best Actor Award from the Karachi International Film Festival for his performance; the role of the Police Commissioner, played by him in the critically and commercially acclaimed film, A Wednesday, is very much appreciated. Kher is known internationally for Bend It Like Beckham and Prejudice, Speedy Singhs, his appearance on the hit TV show ER, more The Mistress of Spices and Lust, Caution. In 2012, he co-starred in the Academy Award-winning Silver Linings Playbook. Kher has written and starred in a play about his own life called Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan.
Until he served as chairman of the Indian Film Censor Board. He is an alumnus of National School of Drama, was its director between 2001 and 2004. In 2007, Anupam Kher, with his batchmate of NSD, Satish Kaushik, started a film production company, Karol Bagh Productions, their first film, Tere Sang, was directed by Satish Kaushik. In 2010, he was appointed as the goodwill ambassador of the Pratham Education Foundation, which strives to improve children's education in India. In 2011, he starred alongside Mohanlal and Jayaprada in the Malayalam language romantic drama Pranayam. Kher chose Pranayam as one of the seven best films of his career, he starred in a number of Marathi films such as Thoda Tuza... Thoda Maza, Kashala Udyachi Baat, Punjabi films such as Yaaraan Naal Bahaaraan, he is an occasional talkshow participant. In 2009, Kher voiced Carl Fredricksen in the Hindi-dubbed version of the Disney-Pixar animated film Up. Anupam Kher has appeared in The Dirty Politics; the movie features Om Puri and Jackie Shroff.
In 2014, Kher starred in the British film Shongram, a fictional romantic drama set during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. In 2016, Anupam Kher was a narrator in the ABP News documentary TV series Bharatvarsh, which showcased the journey from ancient India to the 19th century. In late 2016, Anupam Kher made his first fiction production named Khwaabon Ki Zamin Par, airing on Zindagi. Starting in fall of 2018, Anupam Kher starred in a new medical drama TV series New Amsterdam as Dr. Vijay Kapoor, airing on NBC, he appeared as Shahbaz Karim in the BBC1 drama Mrs Wilson. His wife, actress Kirron Kher, is a Member of the Indian Parliament from Chandigarh, their son, his stepson, is actor Sikandar Kher. Anupam Kher on IMDb Anupam Kher Foundation Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares
Romance films or romance movies are romantic love stories recorded in visual media for broadcast in theaters and on TV that focus on passion and the affectionate romantic involvement of the main characters and the journey that their genuinely strong and pure romantic love takes them through dating, courtship or marriage. Romance films make the romantic love story or the search for strong and pure love and romance the main plot focus. Romance lovers face obstacles such as finances, physical illness, various forms of discrimination, psychological restraints or family that threaten to break their union of love; as in all quite strong and close romantic relationships, tensions of day-to-day life and differences in compatibility enter into the plots of romantic films. Romantic films explore the essential themes of love at first sight, young with older love, unrequited romantic love, obsessive love, sentimental love, spiritual love, forbidden love/romance, platonic love and passionate love, sacrificial love and destructive love, tragic love.
Romantic films serve as great escapes and fantasies for viewers if the two people overcome their difficulties, declare their love, experience life "happily after", implied by a reunion and final kiss. In romantic television series, the development of such romantic relationships may play out over many episodes, different characters may become intertwined in different romantic arcs. A romantic story with a period setting; this includes films such as Gone with Doctor Zhivago. Romantic dramas revolve around an obstacle which prevents deep and true romantic love between two people. Music is employed to indicate the emotional mood, creating an atmosphere of greater insulation for the couple; the conclusion of a romantic drama does not indicate whether a final romantic union between the two main characters will occur. Some examples of romantic drama films are Titanic, The Bridges of Madison County, The English Patient, Casablanca, Coming Home, Jungle Fever, Memoirs of a Geisha, Last Tango in Paris, Water for Elephants, 5 Centimeters per Second, Love Story.
Chick flick is a term associated with romance films as many are targeted to a female audience. Although many romance films may be targeted at women, this is not a defining characteristic of a romance film and a chick flick does not have a romance as a central theme, revolve around the romantic involvement of characters or contain a romantic relationship; as such, the terms cannot be used interchangeably. Films of this genre include Dirty Dancing, The Notebook, Dear John, A Walk to Remember, Romeo + Juliet. Romantic comedies are films with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as that true love is able to surmount most obstacles. Humour in such films tends to be of a verbal, low-key variety or situational, as opposed to slapstick. Films within this genre include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Moonstruck, As Good as It Gets, Something's Gotta Give, It Happened One Night, When Harry Met Sally... Annie Hall, The Apartment. Romantic fantasies describe fantasy stories using many of the elements and conventions of the romance genre.
Romantic action is a film that blend action. Examples include Killers and Day, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, This Means War and The Bounty Hunter. Romantic thriller is a genre of film which has a storyline combining elements of the romance film and the thriller genre; some examples of romantic thriller films are The Adjustment Bureau, The Phantom of the Opera, The Tourist, The Bodyguard and Wicker Park. List of romance films AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Romantic comedy Drama film Interracial romance film Romance novel Romance True love IMDb guide to Romance movies List of amazing romance movies Romantic Movies Database Best Romantic Movies