Kirron Kher: From being an accomplished actress to being second time lucky in love

Updated: Jun 14, 2020, 10:25 | Nikita Wagh
  • Kirron Kher's younger days

    Born on June 14, 1955, Kirron Kher's birth name is Kiran Thakur Singh. A Jat Sikhni from Punjab, Kirron's father, Colonel Thakur Singh, was in the Army. She did her schooling and college in Chandigarh. Kirron has two sisters and had two brothers - one passed away at the age of two and the other Amardeep Singh Sandhu passed away at 43. (All photos/Kirron Kher's Instagram account and mid-day archives)

    In picture: A young Kirron Kher with her tiny tot - Sikander. "My son sent me this picture with a beautiful message on my birthday. How time flies. He is grown up now, but for a mother, a child is always a baby. To be loved, protected and cherished. I missed being with him on my birthday. #motherslove [sic]," Kirron had captioned this picture.

  • Kirron Kher's younger days

    Kirron Kher and her sister Kanwal Thakar Singh, both used to play badminton and were famous as the Kanwal sisters since the latter was an Arjuna award winner and captain of the Indian team. Kirron's other sister Sharanjit Kaur Sandhu is married to an Indian Navy officer.

    In picture: Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher and their family. The little one in the blue jacket is actor Sikander Kher.

  • Kirron Kher's younger days

    If Kirron wanted she could have been a badminton champ. "But that mantle was passed to my sister. My mom and sis played badminton together at state - level tournament when my sister was 11," said Kirron, further adding, "She was a vibrant woman of many talents. She was a painter. My brother, who passed away suddenly five years ago, inherited her talent for painting. My younger sister Kanwal inherited my mother's dexterity at the game of badminton. And I got my mother's flair for dramatics."

  • Kirron Kher's younger days

    Kirron Kher's mother Diljit Thakar Singh passed away in 2009. She was 84. Remembering her mother, the actress recalled, "My mother was excellent at everything she did. She was a perfectionist. And not one of those parents who think their children is the best. If I wore chappals to go out she'd reprimand me and wonder why I wasn't wearing high heels. And on top of that, she was a very elegant dresser. At 5 feet 7 inches, she had the height to look royal in everything she wore. She had the most exquisite saree and jewellery collection. I think I've inherited her taste in clothes and jewellery."

  • Kirron Kher's younger days

    "My mother was with me when my son Sikandar was born. She was the first one after me to hold my son. She was always at the forefront of anything she did. A friend of mine said she must be as spirited in the afterlife as she was in this life. I don't doubt that," concluded the wistful beti.

    In picture: Kirron Kher with her son-actor Sikander Kher

  • Kirron Kher with father Colonel Thakur Singh

    In 2016, Kirron Kher's father Colonel Thakur Singh, passed away in Chandigarh. He was 103. Sharing the news on social media, Anupam Kher wrote, "Col. Thakur Singh, Kirron Ji's father departed for a better world this morning. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever met. Will miss him (sic)."

    In picture: Kirron Kher with her father. She wrote on Instagram, along with this picture: "My dad always gave us unconditional love. He was more easygoing and more accepting. I love him very much."

  • Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher wedding

    Talking about Kirron Kher and Anupam Kher's love story, this is the former's second marriage, after separating from her first husband Gautam Berry. Anupam Kher and Kirron Kher, who met thanks to their love for theatre, tied the knot in 1985. Sikander was three, then.

    In picture: On their 34th wedding anniversary, Anupam Kher shared this picture and wrote alongside, "Dearest Kirron!!! Happy 34th wedding anniversary!! Bahut lamba waqt zindagi ka saath mei tay kiya hai humne. 34 saal guzar gaye lekin lagta hai Jaise kal ki he baat hai. I have loved the lived quality of our lives together."

  • Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher

    Kirron Kher had said in one of her interviews that Anupam has evolved as a partner in last many years and added: "Anupam and I started as friends. I remember, every time I went through rough times, emotionally rough times, Anupam would always be there. In fact, Anupam had this strange quality of pulling me out of depression and making me feel much better... and that was not when we were in love, we were just friends."

    In picture: "Anupam, you have been my strength ever since I have known you. This day is very special to me, more special than my own birthday. Here's wishing you a very, very happy #birthday and all the glory that you deserve! Lots and lots of #love!" - Kirron Kher shared this adorable picture with her husband-actor on Instagram.

  • Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher

    Anupam Kher is "the most romantic man I ever met in my life", revealed Kirron Kher at the launch of the actor's book The Best Thing About You Is You. "He used to be very romantic. He was the most romantic man I ever met in my life... and listening to songs, he would sing them to me rather than listening to them," said Kirron Kher.

  • Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher

    In 2013, Kirron Kher who was a guest on Comedy Nights with Kapil opened up about her love story with actor hubby Anupam Kher. "We used to call Anupam the group's opening batsman in college since he had several girlfriends and was very flirty. Sabko hasaa hasaa kar phasaa deta tha... mujhe bhi waise hi phasaya...we became friends first and before I knew it, I fell in love with my best friend," she stated.

  • Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher

    On being asked whether the romance in their relationship is still alive, "Dekho, romance toh over time does fizzle out... but till date, he's as loyal to me as he was when we first fell in love, and that's more than important."

  • Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher

    She was also quick to add, "But we are total opposites... I'm a control freak and the organised one whereas he's the calm and forgetful one. I'm always fighting with him when he forgets to put the toothpaste cap back on or when he forgets to close the bedroom door."

  • Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher, Sikander Kher

    Kirron Kher's son Sikander Kher shares a warm and friendly bond with his step-father Anupam Kher. This picture was shared by Anupam Kher on Sikander's birthday. He wrote alongside, "Happy birthday dearest @sikandarkher!! May God give you all the happiness in the world. You haven't changed much. Just grown a little in size and years. Otherwise, you are the same - loving, affectionate, warm, funny, talented and a great guy. May God bless you always."

  • Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher, Sikander Kher

    Well, if you are following Sikander Kher on Instagram, you will get to see a great number of fun videos that he has shot of his father Anupam Kher and they are simply adorable. It pretty much sums up the bond the father-son have in real life.

  • Kirron Kher, Sikander Kher

    Kirron Kher had once said in an interview, "Sikandar is blessed to have had him as his stepfather. He is very tender, loving and giving to Sikandar."

  • Kirron Kher, Narendra Modi

    On the work front, Kirron Kher joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2009. She is now a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Chandigarh constituency. But Kirron doesn't like to be called a politician.

  • Kirron Kher

    "I am not a politician. I do not see myself as a politician. I see myself as somebody who is working for my city and fought (elections) to get one more seat to (Narendra) Modi ji. That is how see myself. I did not ask for the ticket. It was given to me and now I am here," Kirron said during the interaction.

  • Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher

    She is a national award-winning actress, feted for her performance in Rituparno Ghosh's Bariwali in 1999. She also enjoys judging the reality show India's Got Talent. Her notable films include Sardari Begum, Devdas, French-German production Khamosh Paani, Veer Zaara, Dostana and Rang De Basanti. Kirron's last Bollywood appearance was in Sonam Kapoor-starrer Khoobsurat, that released in 2014.

  • Kirron Kher

    Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Kirron Kher!

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It's actress-turned-politician Kirron Kher's birthday today. On her 65th birthday on June 14, 2020, we take a look at her life journey in pictures.