Kunal Kapoor (born in Mumbai, India) is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi cinema. Born in Mumbai, his father comes from Amritsar, whereas his mother’s family belongs to Rawalpindi. Kunal’s career took of with the critically and commercial acclaimed film Rang De Basanti for which his performance received a nomination in the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award category (2006).
Kapoor began his career as an assistant director on the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aks. He began his acting career training under theatre legend Barry John. He continued his theatre career with Motley, a theater group run by Naseeruddin Shah. He made his movie debut starring opposite Tabu in Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities.
In 2006, Kapoor became an overnight sensation with the hit film Rang De Basanti. It was critically and commercially successful; it was India’s official entry to the Oscars and was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2007 BAFTA Awards. His performance was acclaimed and he received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award nomination.
In 2007, he starred in Hattrick which failed to do well at the box office. His next two films, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Aaja Nachle, also failed to make an impact at the box office.
He has endorsed popular brands like Thumbs up, Indian terrain, Ray Ban and Mahindra Logan. With actress Gwyneth Paltrow, he is the face of the Save the Children charity. Though his films have not done as well as expected, his popularity among female fans continues to grow. He is known to be very selective about the work he does and had a release in National Award-winning director Rahul Dholakia’s Lamhaa after two years, for which he received critical acclaim.
Kapoor voiced the Indian god Rama in Mahayoddha Rama, directed by Raizada Rohit Jaising Vaid. The film is an animated mythological movie based on the Ramayana.
In 2009, Kapoor started writing weekly columns for HT City, the lifestyle supplement of the Hindustan Times. These columns ended in November 2009 but still appear online on the social network Desimartini. He is a trained pilot, and flies as a hobby. He is also training for the national rally championship, at an academy on the outskirts of Mumbai, under a former national rally champion.
He played a pivotal role in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Don 2 for which he received acclaim from audiences and critics.
He will appear in Anurag Kashyap’s film, where he, will play Raj Comics’ superhero Doga. Kapoor is currently shooting for a romantic comedy “luv shuv they chicken khurana” which is being filmed in Ludhiana. He will appear in Chamkila, a biography of controversial Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila for which he will begin filming in early 2013.