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Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor is an Indian actor and film producer. He is one of the highest-paid actors of Hindi cinema and has featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list since 2012.

Kapoor is the recipient of several awards, including six Filmfare Awards.

  • Full name: Ranbir Kapoor
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 28 September 1982 (age 37 years), Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.81 m
  • Upcoming movies: Brahmāstra, Shamshera
  • Awards: Filmfare Award for Best Actor, IIFA Award for Best Actor

About Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir was born on 28 September 1982 in Bombay(now Mumbai), India. To Rishi and Neetu, both actors of the Hindi film industry.

He is the great-grandson of Prithviraj Kapoor and the grandson of actor-director Raj. His elder sister, Riddhima (born 1980), is an interior and fashion designer.

The actresses Karisma and Kareena Kapoor are his first cousins. Kapoor was educated at the Bombay Scottish School in Mahim.

As a student, he found little interest in academics and would rank low among his peers. However, he has stated that he performed better in sports, particularly football.

Kapoor has been vocal about how his parent’s troubled marriage affected him as a child: “Sometimes the fights would get really bad. I would be sitting on the steps, my head between my knees, till five or six in the morning, waiting for them to stop”.

These experiences led to a “reservoir of emotions building up inside [him]”, which he said compelled him to develop an interest in film.

In his early years, Kapoor was close to his mother, but had a dysfunctional relationship with his father.

After completing his tenth standard examinations, he worked as an assistant director to his father on the film Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999), during which he developed a closer bond with him.

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After completing his pre-university education from the H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Kapoor relocated to New York City to learn film-making at the School of Visual Arts, and subsequently pursued method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

In film school, Kapoor directed and starred in two short films, entitled Passion to Love and India 1964.

The loneliness of living alone in New York City coupled with his experience in film school, which he described as “useless”, inspired him to pursue a career in Bollywood.

Upon returning to Mumbai, Kapoor was hired as an assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the 2005 film Black.

He described the experience: “I was getting beaten up, abused, doing everything from cleaning the floor to fixing the lights from 7 am to 4 am, but I was learning every day.” He later remarked that his motive for working on Black was to get Bhansali to offer him an acting job.

Career

Kapoor pursued filmmaking and method acting at the School of Visual Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, respectively.

He subsequently assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the film Black (2005) and made his acting debut with Bhansali’s tragic romance Saawariya (2007), a critical and commercial failure.

Kapoor rose to prominence in 2009 with his performances in the coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid, the romantic comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and the drama Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. His most widely seen film in this period came with the political drama Raajneeti (2010).

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The romantic drama Rockstar (2011), in which he played a troubled musician, and the comedy-drama Barfi! (2012), in which he played a cheerful deaf-and-mute man, earned Kapoor two consecutive Best Actor awards at Filmfare.

A starring role opposite Deepika Padukone in the romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) established him as a leading Bollywood actor.

He followed this with roles in a series of films that did not perform well commercially, with the exception of the romance Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016).

This changed in 2018 when Kapoor portrayed Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani’s biopic Sanju, one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time, for which he won another Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

In addition to acting in films, Kapoor supports charities and causes. He is also a co-owner of the Indian Super League football team Mumbai City FC.