Biography|August 26, 2012 1:32 pm

Ranbir Kapoor Biography

Ranbir Kapoor was born 28 September 1982 and is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood movies.
Born to actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Kapoor began his career by assisting director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and later made his acting debut with the director’s 2007 film Saawariya for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Kapoor later earned positive notice for his performance in Wake Up Sid (2009) followed by a role in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year the same year. These performances earned him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, and he was later recognized for his role as an aspiring politician in the political thriller Raajneeti (2010), his biggest commercial success to date.

In 2011, Kapoor received a Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in the Imtiaz Ali-directed drama Rockstar. Having done so, Kapoor has established himself as as one of the leading contemporary actors of Hindi cinema.

Kapoor, the son of actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, was born into a family of Punjabi origin; his sister is Riddhima Kapoor Sahni. He is the grandson of actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor and nephew of actor Randhir Kapoor. Kapoor studied at Bombay Scottish School in Mahim, Mumbai and went on to pursue method acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.

Before starting off his career as an actor, Kapoor appeared in two short films: Passion to Love (2002), which was also directed by him, and India 1964 (2004). He later began working as an assistant with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, where he was involved in the making of the film Black (2005).

Kapoor who initially had plans of becoming an actor was later cast by Bhansali in his next directional venture, Saawariya opposite newcomer Sonam Kapoor. The film failed to do well at the box office, though his performance was largely appreciated. Kapoor was then seen in Siddharth Anand’s romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) alongsideBipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba and Deepika Padukone. The film was a semi-hit at the box-office.

2009 saw Kapoor appear in three movies. His first release was Ayan Mukerji’s Wake Up Sid, in which he portrayed the character of Siddharth Mehra, a spoiled and self-centered college student from Mumbai. Featured opposite Konkona Sen Sharma, the film was a critical and commercial success. Shrey Patnaik wrote, “Ranbir’s Sid is a near-perfect portrait of the aimless young man searching for a direction in life. Ranbir handles the character’s inner life with the effortlessness of a Sitar maestro twiddling with his instrument’s strings to create a music that takes the audience to a world where the sounds suggest a harmony between art and life. In Wake Up Sid, Ranbir proves once and for all that he’s the future of Hindi cinema. Kapoor earned several nominations for Best Actor. He next starred alongside Katrina Kaif in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, which surfaced as one of the biggest hits of the year.

Following this, Kapoor appeared in Shimit Amin’s drama Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. Upon release, the film received positive reviews by critics but declared ‘below average’. Kapoor’s performance was critically acclaimed, with one critic writing,

Ranbir brings to his part a whole lot of earnestness and heart. His natural and utterly contagious exuberance so much on display in his last two films Wake Up Sid and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is effortlessly curbed here.

In 2010, he featured in Prakash Jha’s multi-starrer political thriller Rajneeti. The film opened to positive reviews and was declared a “blockbuster”. His performance was well received with critic Nikhat Kazmi concluding, “The film finally belongs to Ranbir Kapoor who perfects the art of minimalism – and literally grows before your eyes – as the simmering volcano that cannot be held back, once it erupts. He’s as grey and soot-filled, as volcanoes go. In the same year, Kapoor appeared alongside Priyanka Chopra in Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani which was a moderate box office success.

2011 saw Kapoor feature opposite newcomer Nargis Fakhri in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. The film, upon release, met with positive to mixed reviews and grossed over Rs.1 billion worldwide In a review published by CNN-IBN, Rajeev Masand wrote: “Rockstar belongs to Ranbir Kapoor over everyone else. It is a riveting performance […] and Ranbir roots it in the real. Watch how he seizes the stage in the “Sadda Haq” number and virtually makes the track his own. For Ranbir alone, this film deserves a watch.” The film earned Kapoor a Best Actor and Best Actor (Critics) award at the 57th Filmfare Awards.

As of July 2012, Kapoor is scheduled to appear in Anurag Basu’s Barfi! alongside Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz, Ayan Mukherjee’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani alongside Deepika Padukone, Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet opposite Anushka Sharma and Abhinav Kashyap’s Besharam alongside Parineeti Chopra.

Kapoor currently lives with his parents in Pali Hill in Mumbai, Maharashtra. During an interview in March 2008, he announced that he was dating Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone the couple later broke up in 2009. In 2008, Kapoor co-hosted the 54th Filmfare Awards alongside Imran Khan; he was later chosen to co-host the 56th and 57thedition of the award ceremony alongside Imran Khan and Shah Rukh Khan respectively. During November 2010, he made an appearance on the talk show Koffee with Karan alongside Imran Khan.