Anil Kapoor is an Indian actor and producer who has appeared in over hundred Hindi-language films, as well as international films and television series.
His career has spanned 40 years as an actor, and as a producer since 2005. He has also won numerous awards in his career, including two National Film Awards and six Filmfare Awards in varied acting categories.
- Full name: Anil Kapoor
- Profession: Indian actor
- Born: 24 December 1956 (age 63 years), Chembur, Mumbai, India
- Height: 1.75 m
- Spouse: Sunita Kapoor (m. 1984)
- Upcoming movie: Mumbai Saga
- TV shows: 24, Navrangi Re!, Oasis
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About Anil Kapoor
Kapoor was born on 24 December 1956 in Chembur, Mumbai, India. Into a Punjabi family to Nirmal Kapoor and film producer Surinder Kapoor.
He is the second of four children. His elder brother Boney Kapoor is a film producer and younger brother Sanjay Kapoor is an actor.
The late actress Sridevi and the producer Mona Shourie Kapoor (both Boney’s wives) were his sisters-in-law, and Sandeep Marwah, founder of the Noida Film City and owner of Marwah Studios, is his brother-in-law.
The film actors Arjun Kapoor and Mohit Marwah are his nephews, while actress Janhvi Kapoor is his niece.
Kapoor did his studies in Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School and St. Xavier’s College. In 1984, Kapoor married Sunita Bhavnani, a costume designer with whom he has two daughters and a son.
Their elder daughter Sonam Kapoor (born 1985) is an actress and their younger daughter Rhea Kapoor (born 1987) is a film producer and their son Harshvardhan Kapoor (born 1990) is also an actor. Anil Kapoor is referred as ‘AK’ by his children.
Kapoor made his debut in films in 1970, playing a young Shashi Kapoor in Tu Payal Mein Geet. The film, however, did not release theatrically.
Kapoor was born in Mumbai to film producer Surinder Kapoor and appeared in his first film with a small role in the Umesh Mehra’s romance Hamare Tumhare (1979).
He made his first debut film and then starred as a lead actor in the 1980 Telugu film, Vamsa Vruksham directed by Bapu.
He then made his Kannada film debut with Mani Ratnam’s Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1983). He received his first Filmfare Award, in the Best Supporting Actor category, for his role in Yash Chopra’s Mashaal (1984).
Kapoor earned his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in N. Chandra’s Tezaab (1988) and another for his performance in Indra Kumar’s Beta (1992).
Kapoor subsequently starred in many other critically and commercially successful films, including Meri Jung (1985), Yudh (1985), Karma (1986), Janbaaz (1986), Aap Ke Saath (1986), Mr. India (1987), Ghar Ho To Aisa (1990), Awaargi (1990), Benaam Badsha (1991), and Virasat (1997), for which he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor; Taal (1999), for which he won his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award; Pukar (2000 ), which earned him a National Film Award for Best Actor; No Entry (2005) and Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) for which he won his third Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.
Kapoor’s first role in an international film was in Danny Boyle’s 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, Kapoor is one of the most recognised Indian film actors.