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Anil Kapoor is an Indian actor and producer who mainly appears in Bollywood films. He first won acclaim for his roles in Yash Chopra’s drama Mashaal (1984) for which he won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award and Shekhar Kapur’s sci-fi Mr. India (1987).
After a series of successful films, Kapoor earned his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in N. Chandra’s Tezaab in 1988, and later for Indra Kumar’s Beta in 1992. Since then, he has starred in a number of critical and commercial successes, including Virasat (1997), for which he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance; Biwi No.1 (1999); Taal (1999), for which he won his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award; Pukar (2000), for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor; No Entry (2005) and Welcome (2007).
Kapoor’s first role in an international film was in Danny Boyle’s 2008 Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. His performance in the eighth season of the action series 24 generated rave reviews from the American press. Globally, Anil Kapoor is one of the most recognised Indian actors.
Original Name: Anil Kapoor
Date of Birth (Birthday): 24 December, 1953
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Weight: 165 lbs
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Birth Place: Chembur, Maharashtra
Education: St. Xaviers College
Marital Status: Married
Languages: Hindi, English
Contact Address: 31 Shrinagar Presidency, Gulmohar Cross Rd. No7, JVPD Scheme, Mumbai 400 049
Father’s Name: Surinder Kapoor
Mother’s Name: Nirmala (Suchitra)
Brother(s): Bonney Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor
Spouse: Sunita Bhambhani
Daughter: Sonam and Rhea
Film Background (Filmography)
Debut Film: Woh Saat Din
Famous Movies: No Entry, Bewafaa, Musafir, Om Jai Jagadish, Nayak, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Pukar, Taal, Mann, Biwi No.1, Virasat, 1942 – A Love Story, Beta, Ram Lakhan, Tezab, Mr India, Karma, Meri Jung, Humare Paanch, Hamare Tumahre
Latest Movies: Chocolate
Upcoming Movies: Mazhab: The Religion, Darna Zaroori Hai
Favourite Dish/ Recipes: Mooli Vegetables
Favourite Drink: Water
Favourite Book: Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead
Anil Kapoor was born into a Punjabi Khatri family in a chawl in Tilak Nagar, Mumbai, to a film producer Surinder Kapoor and his wife Nirmal. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School, in the Chembur suburb of Mumbai and then St._Xavier’s_College,_Mumbai. Kapoor’s elder brother, Boney Kapoor, is a producer while younger brother Sanjay Kapoor is also a well-known actor. Anil and Sanjay have never been in the same movie, as yet, but both have worked for elder brother Boney.
In 1984, he married Sunita Kapoor (née Bhambhani) and has two daughters and a son. Kapoor’s elder daughter is the actress Sonam Kapoor who starred in Saawariya alongside Ranbir Kapoor (distant relatives; Anil Kapoor’s father Surinder Kapoor is cousin of Prithviraj Kapoor, who is the father of Raj Kapoor). Rhea Kapoor attend school in New York and is now a producer in Mumbai and his son Harsh is in California attending Chapman University.
He is the brother-in-law of the actress Sridevi with whom he has starred in many films. His sister Reena is married to Sandeep Marwah of Marwah Studios, Noida Film City.
Anil Kapoor’s career debut was Pallavi Anu Pallavi, a Kannada film directed by Maniratnam. Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with Umesh Mehra’s Hamare Tumhare (1979) in a supporting role. After a few minor roles in films such as Hum Paanch (1980) and Shakti (1982), he got his first leading role in the 1983 Hindi film, Woh Saat Din and mastered an excellent performance which was absolutely natural and illumined every bit of innocence, subtlety and maturity as required by the numerous shades of his character. Kapoor later tried acting in Tollywood and Kollywood, and appeared in the Telugu film Vamsa Vriksham and Mani Ratnam’s Kannada debut film Pallavi Anu Pallavi (released in 1983, his first movie in leading role).
Next, followed a polished performance in Yash Chopra’s drama Mashaal (1984) where he held his own and came out as a surprise packet of the movie delivering one of his career defining performances against the acting prowess of legendary Dilip Kumar in the role of a rough Tapori which incidentally signalled the home coming of Tapori roles in Indian Cinema , for which he won his first Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actor category. Anil’s 1985 release Yudh (film) was an average hit. Anil’s sensetive portrayal of a middle class sports person in the 1985 film Saaheb was extremely convincing and was a box office success. In 1986 Anil delivered yet another hit Janbaaz costarring Feroz Khan. His another release of 1986 Insaaf Ki Awaaz was a box office hit too. and in the same year in Basu Chatterjee directed Chameli Ki Shaadihe displayed his crackling flare in comedy. Going on to deliver huge commercial success with films like Meri Jung (1985), a career defining role of an angry young man and Karma (1986),the biggest hit of the year. Kapoor generated wide applause from audience of all walks of life for his title role in Shekhar Kapur’s sci-fi film Mr. India (1987) and obviously the biggest hit of the year. The film became one of his biggest box office hits and shot him to superstar status. Anil kapoor was equally impressive in Mahesh Bhatt directed film Thikana. In 1988, he was rewarded with his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his revetting performance in the Blockbuster hit film, Tezaab and the biggest blockbuster of 1988. The following year he delivered more mega commercial and critical successes with Ram Lakhan which became the second highest box office earner of 1989, Parinda and Rakhwala. Anil Kapoor excelled brilliantly in his eccentric portrayal of an autistic person in the 1989 hit Eeshwar, which is still talked about as on of the finest performance of Indian cinema. With these successes, Anil Kapoor was widely acknowledged as the industry’s biggest star at the time.
The year 1990 saw him play a dual role, as twin brothers in the highly successful Kishen Kanhaiya and in the same year he further attained reasonable box office success withGhar Ho To Aisa. This was followed by a restrained yet striking performance as a middle aged man in Yash Chopra’s romantic drama Lamhe,a landmark film of Indian Cinema, and Yash Chopra’s best work till date. It was the first film in which he appeared without a moustache. Although the film was a box office failure in India, it proved to be a success overseas.Anil’s 1991 release Beenam Badshaah was accorded above average status at the ticket window. In 1992, Kapoor received his second Filmfare Best Actor Award for his hard-hitting performance in Indra Kumar’s Beta, biggest blockbuster of the year opposite Madhuri Dixit. In 1993, Boney Kapoor’s much delayed mega-budget Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja was a disaster at the box office and damaged Anil Kapoor’s reputation as the industry’s biggest star at the time. The only major success in these years was Laadla with Sridevi, a film produced by Nitin Manmohan. Anil kapoor gave a splendid performance as a simpleton lover in the hit musical 1942: A Love Story. After a period of few box office failures, he had box office success with films like Loafer (1996), Judaai (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Biwi No.1 (1999), Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999). Anil kapoor’s unusual characterization of a zealous ,crooked musical superstar in Taal literally shocked both audience and critic’s alike. (1999). He also won rave reviews for his superb performance in Virasat, a remake of Tamil film Thevar Magan (1992), in which Kamal Hassan had played Anil Kapoor’s role. He also starred in the unsuccessful Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate, which was legendary filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherji ‘s last commercial release, along with Juhi Chawla. He shaved his moustache once again for this film, in the second half, where he played actor Sajid Khan ‘s wife and anil’s delightful comic timing was a real treat to watch.
He won his first National Film Award in the Best Actor category for his role in Rajkumar Santoshi’s critically acclaimed Pukar in 2000. Anil, again tasted commercial success with Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai in 2000. He delivered a powerhouse performance in Shanker’s Nayak which is considered to be his best performance by many. In 2002 Anil kapoor gave an excellent performance in the role of a fat man in Badhaai Ho Badhaai , a takeoff from Hollywood hit Nutty Professor. Anil notched up yet another glorious performance in Indra Kumar directed film Rishtey. In Om Jai Jagadish anil kapoor gave an amazing performance. Anil kapoor shared the screen space with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan for the first time in Armaan (2003 film) and underplayed his character of a neurosurgeon superbly. In his 2003 release Calcutta Mail he delivered one of his absolute best performances. His character was defined with ample scope to perform in this screenplay-driven performance and in spite of the strong supporting cast, this really came out as Anil Kapoor´s one-man show. Anil ignited the silver screen with an authoritative performance in Musafir (2004 film). Kapoor gave an incredibly restrained performance as the stricken husband in thriller My Wife’s Murder, which he also produced. Anees Bazmee’s super-hit comedy No Entry followed for Kapoor that year. The film became the highest grossing film of the year and Kapoor’s comic-timing was applauded.Anil played a grey character with finesse in the 2005 thriller Chocolate (Hindi film). Anil’s first release of 2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love was a box office hit in overseas though a flop in India. Anees Bazmee’s Welcome, which released on 21 December 2007 and was declared the biggest success of the year. Anil’s understated performance in Subhash Ghai’s Black and White (2008 Indian film) was highly lauded. His first 2008 release Abbas Mustan’s thriller Race became a box office hit. But Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Tashan, which marked Anil’s comeback to Yash Raj Films failed to do well at the box office. His most recent films were his first English-language film Slumdog Millionaire, which was released on 12 November 2008, and Yuvvraaj, which was released on 21 November 2008. Yuvvraaj, with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles, failed to do well at the box office. On the other hand, Slumdog Millionaire has won a number of international awards and received rave reviews from critics across the globe, costing only US $15 million to produce, but pulling in more than $352 million worldwide. In January 2009, he attended the 66th Golden Globe Awards ceremony along with the team of Slumdog Millionaire, which won four Golden Globe Awards. Kapoor also received a nomination for Best Ensemble at the Black Reel Awards of 2008 and has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
In 2010, Kapoor starred in the eighth season of the award-winning action series 24, portraying Omar Hassan, President of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan.
In 2002, Kapoor produced his first film, the comedy Badhaai Ho Badhaai, in which he also starred in, but the film failed to do well. Next followed the critically acclaimed thriller My Wife’s Murder (2005), which also didn’t do well at the box office. His next produced film, Gandhi, My Father, which focuses on the relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his son Harilal Gandhi released in 3 August 2007 and won him his second National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film). Despite being acclaimed by critics and audiences, the film failed to do well. He also produced the movie Shortkut: The con is on. The movie starred Akshaye Khanna and Arshad Warsi and failed to do well at the box office.
|1980||Ek Baar Kaho|
|Vamsa Vriksham||Telugu Film|
|1983||Pallavi Anu Pallavi||Vijay||Kannada Film, this was his first Movie in a leading role|
|Woh Saat Din||Prem Pratap Patailawale||Pukar|
|1984||Mashaal||Raja||Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|Laila||Kumar Deshraj Singh|
|Yudh||Public Prosecutor Avinash/Junior||Double Role|
|Meri Jung||Arun Verma||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|1986||Kahan Kahan Se Guzar|
|Pyaar Ka Sindoor|
|Chameli Ki Shaadi||Charandas|
|Aap Ke Saath||Vimal|
|Pyar Kiya Hai Pyar Karenge||Anand|
|Insaaf Ki Awaaz|
|Mr. India||Arun Verma/Mr.India||First Indian Sci-Fi movie|
|Hifazat||Ram Kumar/Raj Kumar|
|Sone Pe Suhaaga||Ravi Kumar/Joginder|
|Tezaab||Mahesh Deshmukh (Munna)||Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|1989||Ram Lakhan||Inspector Lakhan Pratap Singh|
|Eeshwar||Ishwarchand Vishnunath Brahmanand||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|Abhimanyu||Mannu/Abhimanyu America Puri
|Aag Se Khelenge||Inspector Ravi Saxena/Raja Saxena|
|Parinda||Karan||India’s official entry to the Oscars|
|Kishen Kanhaiya||Kishen/Kanhaiya||Double role|
|Ghar Ho To Aisa|
|Jeevan Ek Sangharsh||Karan|
|Lamhe||Virendra Pratap Singh||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|1992||Beta||Raju||Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|Zindagi Ek Jua||Harikishan alias Harry|
|1993||Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja||Ramesh Verma/Romeo|
|Guru Dev||Guru (Gaurav)|
|1942: A Love Story||Naren Singh||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award|
|1995||Trimurti||Anand Singh/Sikander||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|Mr. Bechara||Anand Verma|
|Virasat||Shakti Thakur||Winner, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
|Deewana Mastana||Raj Kumar (Raja)/Inspector. Bansi Rao|
|Chandralekha||Malayalam film, Cameo|
|1998||Kabhi Na Kabhi||Rajeshwar (alias Raja)|
|Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate||Shanker Sharma/Ramanuj|
|1999||Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain||Vijay|
|Biwi No.1||Lakhan||Nominated, Filmfare Best Comedian Award|
|Taal||Vikrant Kapoor||Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|2000||Bulandi||Dharamraj “Dada” Thakur/Arjun Thakur|
|Pukar||Major Jaidev Rajvansh||Winner, National Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
|Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai||Avinash|
|Nayak||Shivaji Rao Gaekwad|
|2002||Badhaai Ho Badhaai||Raja|
|Om Jai Jagadish||Om Batra|
|2003||Armaan||Dr. Akash Sinha|
|My Wife’s Murder||Ravi Patwardhan|
|No Entry||Kishen||Nominated, Filmfare Best Comedian Award|
|Chocolate||Advocate Krishan Pundit|
|2006||Humko Deewana Kar Gaye||Karan Oberoi|
|Darna Zaroori Hai||Karan Chopra|
|2007||Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love||Vinay|
|Welcome||Sagar Pandey aka Majnu Bhai||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|2008||My Name is Anthony Gonsalves||Himself||Special appearance|
|Black & White||Rajan Mathur|
|Race||Inspector Robert D’Costa (R.D.)|
|Tashan||Lakhan Singh Ballebaaz (Bhaiyyaji)|
|Slumdog Millionaire||Prem Kumar||Winner, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2009||Shortcut: The Con is on||Himself||Special appearance|
|Wanted||Special appearance in song Jalwa|
|2010||24||Kamistan President Omar Hassan||Series Regular (Season 8)|
|2011||Race 2||Inspector Robert D’Costa (R.D.)||Pre-production. Set to release on January 8, 2011.|