Anil Kapoor, in a black suit, looks half his age. AFP photo
From his first taste of stardom with Mashaal in 1984 to becoming one of the most common Indian faces on international entertainment screen, Anil Kapoor has come a long way, creating a space for himself – a space that cannot be filled by anyone else.
Born on December 24, 1959 to Surinder and Suchitra Kapoor, Anil Kapoor was a fan of Bollywood from his childhood days. He loved Raj Kapoor the eternal showman’s movie Awaara inspired him to come into films.
Anil Kapoor has three siblings -elder brother Boney Kapoor, younger brother Sanjay Kapoor and sister Reena Kapoor. Anil Kapoor Married model Sunita Bhambhani in 1984. The couple has three kids - Harshwardhan Kapoor, daughters Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor.
Anil Kapoor worked for the silver for the first time as a child artist in Shashi Kapoor’s movie Tu Payal Main Geet which was never released. Later, he worked in films like Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya and Laila as a child artist.
Anil Kapoor studied at St Xavier’s’ College but was kicked out for lack of concentration. He also tried to get admission in Pune Film Institute. Anil, however, failed to clear the entrance exams.
After a few years, in 1979, Anil Kapoor worked in Humare Tumhare which was his first film as an adult. Anil got his first lead role in Woh 7 Din in 1983. Woh 7 Din was produced by Anil’s father Surinder Kapoor.
When Woh 7 Din failed to make a mark at the box office, Anil Kapoor turned South. He worked in Telugu and Kannada films like Vamsa Vruksham and Pallavi Anu Pallavi.
Mashaal marked Anil Kapoor’s return to Hindi films. Anil tasted stardom for the first time with Mashaal, a Yash Chopra film in 1984 where he worked with ace actor Dilip Kumar. The film also got him his first Filmfare award for Best Actor in Supporting Role.
Anil Kapoor got another chance to work with veteran actor Dilip Kumar in Subhash Ghai’s Karma in just two years later in 1986. Karma too proved to be another feather in Anil Kapoor’s hat.
Films like Meri Jung (1985) and Karma (1986) presented Anil Kapoor as one of the best actors of his time. Anil Kapoor also successfully explored the genre of comedy with Chameli Ki Shaadi in 1986 and the film was a hit at the box office. Anil Kapoor’s Mr India in 1987 brought more success to the actor’s career making him one of the most cherished Bollywood actors of the time.
Anil Kapoor, famous for his hair and moustache, first shaved the moustache for Lamhe and later for Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate.
He also bagged awards for movies like Tezaab, Ram Lakhan, Beta, Parinda, Taal and Viraasat. Tezaab, Parinda and Beta brought more Filmfare awards for Anil Kapoor.
He created a trend of supporting roles with Taal that also got him the Filmfare award for Best Actor in a Supporting role that year. This was followed by films like Biwi No. 1, Namaste London, Welcome, Race, Race 2, Bewafa, Tashan and Tezz among other films where he played crucial supporting roles with finesse.
Anil Kapoor produced his first film Badhaai Ho Badhaai in 2002 where he played the lead role. He also produced My Wife’s Murder (2005), Gandhi My Father (2007), Short Kut: The Con is On (2009), Aisha (2010) and No Problem (2010).
Barring Aisha, where Anil Kapoor’s daughter Sonam Kapoor played the title role, the actor has played main characters in his films.
Pukar (2010) was another milestone in Anil Kapoor’s career. Anil bagged the National award for Best actor for his performance in the movie.
Anil Kapoor bagged his first international project in 2008 – Slumdog Millionaire where he played the host of a TV show. Anil Kapoor was given the Screen actors Guild award for outstanding performance in Slumdog Millionaire.
Anil Kapoor continued his tryst with international entertainment and drew rave reviews from American press for his role of an Indian counter-terrorist cop in the action television series 24 in 2010.
The actor also played in a role in Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He is also scheduled to work for an upcoming Hollywood film – Cities.
Anil Kapoor is currently working on the Indian version of his American TV show 24 which is set to go on air in 2013. He has also worked in Shooutut At Wadala, a prequel to the movie Shootout at Lokhandwala set to release this year. He is also the Director of Asian academy of film and television film city, Noida.
Woh 7 Din: Anil Kapoor played a naïve village boy who comes to the city to find success in the world of music. He falls in love with his landlord’s daughter but the girl is married to a nice-hearted man. The story revolves around how the man makes the two lovers meet.
The film did not do much at the box office but drew everyone’s attention to the acting skills of Anil Kapoor.
Chameli Ki Shaadi: This comedy was a huge success at the box office. Anil Kapoor plays the lover who has to rescue his girl from her parents’ house and marry her.
Lamhe: In 1991, this Yash Chopra film starring Sridevi opposite Anil Kapoor proved to be a dud at the box office. The film also didn’t get any awards for the actor.
Lamhe, however, brought much critical acclaim for Anil Kapoor who plays the role of a middle-aged man who takes care of the daughter of her beloved but fails to acknowledge the love that the girl feels for her. The movie is still counted as one of the timeless romantic movies of Bollywood.
Karma: Acting with veterans like Dilip Kumar and Naseeruddin Shah, Anil Kapoor proved his skills once again in this Subhash Ghai movie. The film proved to be the biggest success of the year at the box office.
Parinda: Parinda was another movie where Anil proved his acting skills all over again. Anil plays Karan, a boy who discovers that his best friend died due to a gangster for whom his elder brother works. The film won six Filmfare and two National awards that year.
Meri Jung: Anil Kapoor plays the role of a man who takes revenge from the powerful gangster who caused the death of his father on false allegations. Meri Jung Anil Kapoor was nominated in the best actor category that year for Filmfare awards.
Mr India: One of the cult movies of Indian cinema, Mr India is the story of a man who helps the poor and punishes the wrong and rich people with the help of a scientific device that helps him disappear from the normal human vision. Anil Kapoor played the title role in the Shekhar Kapur movie.
The film proved to be one of the biggest hits of the year.
Taal: Anil Kapoor re-defined his own image on the Bollywood screen with the role of a crooked musician in the movie. Anil Kapoor bagged the Filmfare award for best actor in a supporting role that year.
My Wife’s Murder: One of his productions, the Anil Kapoor displayed brilliant acting skills in the movie. Anil played a husband who accidently kills his wife during a household fight and then begins the long run from law. He displays the psychological chaos with finesse in the movie.
TOTALLY FORGETTABLE MOVIES
Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate
Om Jai Jagdish
Mashaal - 1983 - Filmfare Best Supporting Actor
Tezaab - 1988 - Filmfare Best Actor
Parinda - 1989 - India’s entry to Oscars
Beta - 1991 - Filmfare Best actor
Virasaat - 1997 - Filmfare critics Best actor
Taal - 1999 - Filmfare Best Supporting actor
Pukaar - 2000 - National award for best actor
Slumdog Millionaire - 2008 - Screen actors Guild award for outstanding performance
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