Aditya Roy Kapur

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Aditya Roy Kapur
Kapur in 2013.
Kapur walking the ramp for Blackberry Night, October 2013
Born Aditya Roy Kapur
(1985-11-16) 16 November 1985 (age 28)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Film actor
Former video jockey
Years active 2009–present.
Relatives

Aditya Roy Kapur (pronounced [ədiːtyəˈ royˈ kəˈpuːr]; born 16 November 1985) is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi films. After a brief career as a VJ on Channel V, he made his film debut playing a minor role in London Dreams (2009) and followed it with minor roles in Action Replayy (2010) and Guzaarish (2010). He then rose to prominence in 2013 playing the male lead in the romantic drama Aashiqui 2, which was a major critical and commercial success. Later that year, he earned praise for his supporting role in the coming-of-age romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (which currently ranks among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all-time).

Early life and background[edit]

Aditya Roy Kapur was born in Mumbai on 16 November 1985,[1] to a Punjabi father and a Jewish mother,[2] Salome Roy Kapur nee Aaron, Miss India 1972 (Eve's Weekly) who did modelling, acted in a film, Tu Hi Meri Zindagi (1965) with Deb Mukherjee,[3][4] before becoming a film choreographer, known for choreographing the song, "Main Shaayar Toh Nahin" in Bobby (1973).[5][6] Aditya did his schooling from G. D. Somani Memorial School, in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, where all his siblings studied and where his mother directs school plays.[6] Subsequently he graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. Kapur is the youngest of the three siblings, his eldest brother Siddharth Roy Kapur is the CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, who recently married noted Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, his other elder brother Kunaal Roy Kapur is also an actor, who has acted in films such as Delhi Belly (2011) and Nautanki Saala (2013).[5]

Currently he lives in Mumbai. Aditya is not a trained actor, though he has taken dance lessons and also diction classes to improve his Hindi accent. According to him he "had no burning ambition to become an actor," and was content being a VJ, until he was called to audition for London Dreams. During his school years, he wanted to be a cricketer but he quit cricket coaching classes after sixth standard.

His grandfather Raghupat Roy Kapur acquired the pseudonym G Rakesh and produced by his first film, Shahenshah Akbar in 1943, with K.N. Singh as the lead. Soon his wife and children joined him and he went on to produce films like Zanjeer (1947), and even directed films Lekh (1949), with Motilal and Suraiya and Banwra (1950) with Raj Kapoor and Nimmi.[6][7] His maternal grandparents, Sam and Ruby Aaron were qualified dance teachers, who introduced the Sama dance form to India, and also taught actor Bhagwan for film Albela (1951).[6]

Career[edit]

Film debut and initial struggle (2009-2010)[edit]

Kapur started his career as a VJ on music channel Channel V, where his comic timing and "unique style of hosting" made him a hit.[8] He then made his film debut in 2009 playing a minor role in Vipul Shah’s musical drama London Dreams starring Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan. The film was not well-received by critics, and was unsuccessful at the box office.

Kapur was next seen in the science fiction romantic comedy Action Replayy (2010) starring Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai, also directed by Vipul Shah, which was unsuccessful both critically and commercially. He next appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s bittersweet drama Guzaarish (2010) starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. The film was not commercially successful, but it earned mixed to positive reviews from critics.

Breakthrough (2013-present)[edit]

Kapur's career reached a turning point in 2013, when he played the male lead in Mohit Suri's romantic drama Aashiqui 2 opposite Shraddha Kapoor. It was released as the sequel to Mahesh Bhatt's Aashiqui (1990). The two films were unrelated in terms of plot and characters, but were of the same genre and shared similar themes. The film earned mixed to positive reviews from critics, and Kapur earned rave reviews for his performance as a declining singer battling with alcoholism. Film critic Anupama Chopra wrote that “Aditya gives Rahul’s angst a certain charm. He is earnest and broken."[9] His on-screen chemistry with co-star Kapoor was also well-appreciated. The film was a commercial success, and became the eighth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2013.

His next role was in Ayan Mukerji's coming-of-age romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Kalki Koechlin. Kapur's performance earned him positive reviews and a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. The film itself received mixed to positive reviews from critics. The film became the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2013, and currently ranks among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all-time.

Upcoming projects[edit]

Kapur has completed work on Habib Faisal's romantic dramedy Daawat-e-Ishq (2014), in which he is paired opposite Parineeti Chopra. The film will release in September 2014. He has also started filming for Fitoor, an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. The film is being directed by Abhishek Kapoor, and also stars Katrina Kaif and Rekha in pivotal roles. In addition, he is set to reunite with his Aashiqui 2 co-star Shraddha Kapoor for Tigmanshu Dhulia's romantic drama Milan Talkies.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 London Dreams Wasim Khan
2010 Action Replayy Bunty
2010 Guzaarish Omar Siddiqui
2013 Aashiqui 2 Rahul Jaykar
2013 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Avinash "Avi" Arora
2014 Daawat-e-Ishq Tariq "Taaru" Haidar
2015 Fitoor Pre-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Film Result
2013 BIG Star Entertainment Award for Best actor in a Romantic role Aashiqui 2 Won[11]
BIG Star Entertainment Award for the Most Romantic Award for 2013 (alongside Shraddha Kapoor) Won[11]
2014 Screen Award for Jodi No. 1 (along with Shraddha Kapoor) Won[12]
Star Guild Awards for Jodi of the Year (along with Shraddha Kapoor) Won[13]
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Nominated[14]
IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Won[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthday Exclusive: Aditya Roy Kapur". Deccan Chronicle. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Shraddha and I are really, really close: Aditya Roy Kapur". The Times of India. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Deb Mukherjee is also the father of director Ayan Mukherjee, who directed of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013).
  4. ^ Salome at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ a b "Born to Sweet Delight". Tehelka. 22 June 2013 , Issue 25 Volume 10. Retrieved 15 June 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ a b c d "Another GenNext Kapur family finds feet in Bollywood". The Economic Times. 20 Nov 2010. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  7. ^ G. Rakesh at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ "New Kid on the Block: Aditya Roy Kapur". Star Box Office. 
  9. ^ Chopra, Anupama (26 April 2013). "Anupama Chopra's review: Aashiqui 2". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 4 Aug 2014. 
  10. ^ "Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in Milan Talkies". Bollywood Hungama. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Big Star Entertainment Awards 2013 – List of winners". truthdive.com. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards: List of winners". The Indian Express. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Winners of 9th Renault Star Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "59th Filmfare Awards: Nominations’ Full List". koimoi.com. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Bhowmik, Arijita (27 April 2014). "IIFA Awards 2014: Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' Take Away Major Honours [Full Winner's List]". International Business Times. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 

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