Anil Kapoor in San Diego, California (24 July 2009)
|Born||24 December 1959
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
|Spouse(s)||Sunita Kapoor (1984–present)|
Anil Kapoor (Hindi: अनिल कपूर; born 24 December 1959) is an Indian actor who mainly appears in Bollywood films, and also a film producer. 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 as Prem Kumar in Danny Boyle's 2008 Academy Award-winning 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 award-winning action series 24 has generated positive reviews from the American press.
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. Xaviers College in Mumbai. Kapoor's elder brother, Boney Kapoor, is a producer while younger brother Sanjay Kapoor is also a well-known actor. Boney has put his brothers in several films together.
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 is attending school in New York and his youngest 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. He is good friends with the actor Govinda. He is also good friends with the actor Salman Khan.
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. 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 critically acclaimed performance in Yash Chopra's drama Mashaal (1984), for which he won his first Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actor category. Going on to deliver commercial success with films like Meri Jung (1985) and Karma (1986), Kapoor won acclaim for his title role in Shekhar Kapur's sci-fi film Mr. India (1987). The film became one of his biggest box office hits and shot him to superstar status.
In 1988, he was rewarded with his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in the hit film, Tezaab. The following year he delivered more commercial success with Ram Lakhan, Parinda and Rakhwala. The year 1990 saw him play a dual role, as twin brothers in the successful Kishen Kanhaiya. Anil Kapoor won critical acclaim for his performance in Eeshwar, co-starring Vijaya Shanti. With these successes, Anil Kapoor was widely acknowledged as the industry's biggest star at the time. This was followed by a critically acclaimed performance as a middle aged man in Yash Chopra's romantic drama Lamhe. It was probably the only film in his career in which he appeared without a moustache. Although the film was a box office failure in India, it proved to be a success overseas.
In 1992, Kapoor received his second Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in Indra Kumar's Beta 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) and Taal (1999). He also won critical acclaim for his strong 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 saved his moustache once again for this film, in the second half, where he played actor Sajid Khan 's wife.
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. Following films from 2001 to 2004 failed to do well but Kapoor won acclaim for his role in the thriller My Wife's Murder (2005), which he also produced. Anees Bazmee's super-hit comedy No Entry for Kapoor that year. The film became the highest grossing film of the year and Kapoor's comic-timing was applauded.
Kapoor's most recent films, Anees Bazmee's Welcome, which was released on 21 December 2007 and did very well at the box office. His performance in Subhash Ghai's Black and White 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 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. 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||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.|