Anil Kapoor was born on 24 December 1959 is an Indian actor and producer who has appeared in many Bollywood films and more recently international films.
He won 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 later again for his perfornance in Indra Kumar’s Beta (1992). He also starred in many other critically and commercially successful films, including Woh Saat Din (1983), Meri Jung(1985), Janbaaz (1986), Karma (1986), Mr. India (1987), Virasat (1997) for which he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, Biwi No.1 (1999), Taal (1999) for which he won his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Pukar (2000) for which he won his firstNational 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. He has also appeared in the 2011 film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
Anil Kapoor was born to film producer Surinder Kapoor, a Punjabi from Peshawar, British India (present-day Pakistan). His mother is said to be Nirmal. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School – Chembur, in the Chembur suburb of Mumbai, and then St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Kapoor’s elder brother, Boney Kapoor, is a film producer, while younger brother, Sanjay Kapoor, is also an actor.
In 1984, he married Sunita Kapoor (née Bhambhani). He has two daughters and a son, Harshvardhan. Kapoor’s elder daughter is actress Sonam Kapoor. Rhea Kapoor attended school in New York and is now a producer in Mumbai.
In 2010, Kapoor starred in the eighth season of the American television series 24, portraying Omar Hassan, President of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan. In October of that year he was cast to play a villain in both Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (released in December 2011) and Power. Power was to be directed by Rajkumar Santoshi but was shelved due to unknown reasons. Other projects that he currently has in the pipeline include Cities (a Hollywood project co-starring Clive Owen and Orlando Bloom), Mr. India 2, the sequel to No Entry, Race 2 and Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout at Wadala. He has also signed Khiladi 786, that is scheduled to release during Diwali.
In 2002, Kapoor produced his first film, the comedy Badhaai Ho Badhaai, in which he also starred in. It was followed by My Wife’s Murder (2005), and Gandhi, My Father (2007).Gandhi, My Father focuses on the relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his son Harilal Gandhi (2007) and was awarded the National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film). He produced the movie Shortkut: The con is on starring Akshaye Khanna and Arshad Warsi. In 2010, he produced Aisha, starring his daughter Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol in the lead roles.
The film performed moderately at the box office, grossing Rs. 15.50 crore in its theatrical run. He has acquired the remake rights for the American TV success, 24, reportedly for an amount of INR 100 cr. It took him about 1.5 years to license the rights to create an Indian rendition of the popular TV show. Kapoor will be stepping in the protagonist’s (Jack Bauer) role as well. Kapoor played the role of President Hassan in the 8th season of the original series aired on Fox Network.
Anil Kapoor has on rare occasions contributed to the soundtracks of his movies, as a singer. One of his first playback songs was the title track of the 1986 Bollywood comedy Chameli Ki Shaadi. The song was comedic in nature and depicted the love story of the titular Chameli and her lover Charandas, played by Kapoor. Chameli was portrayed by Amrita Singh. In the same decade, he was credited on the song “Tere Bina Main Nahin Mere Bina Tu Nahin” for the film Woh Saat Din. He is also credited on the song “I Love You” from Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai. In 2008, Kapoor provided a rhyme-like-dialogue to introduce his character in Yashraj’s Tashan. His theme was titled “Bhaiyaji ka Tashan”. Interestingly, his co-stars in the movie also had their introductions incorporated in the soundtrack, which was composed by Vishal-Shekhar. Akshay Kumar ‘s theme was titled “Bachchan Pandey ka Tashan”. Kareena Kapoor ‘s was “Pooja ka Tashan”. Saif Ali Khan was credited for “Jimmy ka Tashan”. He had one full album, “Welcome” as a co-singer with Salma Agha in 1986. The album was scored by Bappi Lahiri.