Annu Kapoor

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Annu Kapoor
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Annu Kapoor
Born Anil Kapoor
(1956-02-20) February 20, 1956 (age 58) [1]
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India[2]
Occupation Film actor, Anchor, Radio Presenter
Years active 1979–present

Annu Kapoor (Hindi: अनु कपूर, Urdu: انو کپُور, born 20 February 1956) is an Indian film actor and television presenter best remembered for his role in Vicky Donor (2012) and hosting the vocal reality show Antakshari from 1993 to 2006. He received Filmfare award as well as National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 'Vicky Donor'.

Early life[edit]

Annu Kapoor was born in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, on 20 February 1956[2] and joined the National School of Drama in Delhi in 1976. He changed his name in 1982 to Annu (his nickname), to avoid confusion with actor Anil Kapoor.[2]

Kapoor’s late father, Madanlal, owned a travelling Parsi theatre company which performed in cities and towns. His late mother, Kamal, was a poet and a trained classical singer. After graduating from the National School Of Drama and a brief stint with its repertory company, in 1981 he played a 70-year-old man in the play Ek Ruka Hua Faisla in Mumbai. Shyam Benagal saw Kapoor and signed him for his film, Mandi, in 1982.

Career[edit]

Kapoor began his career as a stage actor in 1979 and was noticed in 1982's Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, directed by elder brother Ranjeet. Annu made his film debut in Mandi (directed by Shyam Benegal) in 1983.[3] His career has spanned over 30 years, including Bollywood cinema, television serials and game shows. Kapoor is best remembered for hosting the singing show Antakshari – The Great Challenge (later renamed Close-up Antakshari), produced by Zee TV. His performance as an obsessive-compulsive sperm-bank physician in 2012's Vicky Donor met with critical and popular acclaim. Kapoor is scheduled to appear in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2.[4]

In 2007, Antakshari – The National Challenge was relaunched on Star One. The previous year, its "final" episode was telecast; the programme's initial run was from 1993 to 2006. Kapoor appeared as Kabir in a DD National serial of the same name, and in the 2011 film 7 Khoon Maaf.

The Golden Era - With Annu Kapoor on the Mastiii channel is a nostalgia show about Indian cinema, particularly Bollywood music. It is divided into three segments, with the ins and outs of Bollywood and memorable songs.[5]

Currently, he does a radio show on 92.7 Big FM called "Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor on 92.7 Big FM". It's a daily show that features Nationally on the largest radio network covering all Hindi speaking radio stations across the country. He recreates the magic of the Golden era with unforgettable melodies of that era and untold stories related to the stars and the films of the HIndi Cinema. The show comes with the tagline "Filmy Duniya Ki Kahi Ankahi Kahaniya".

Personal life[edit]

Kapoor's entire family is associated with art and patriotism. His mother, Kamal Shabnam Kapoor, was a poet, teacher and scholar of Urdu, Arabic and Persian; few people with her background (a Bengali Brahmin family) have mastered those three languages. Kamal was also fluent in Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Marwadi and several north-Indian dialects. Kapoor has promoted India's positive aspects in his programmes.

His elder brother, Ranjit, is a director and screenwriter and his sister, Seema, is a producer and actor. Kapoor's younger brother, Nikhil, is a writer and lyricist. Annu has four children (three sons—Kavam, Maahir and Evaan—and a daughter, Aradhita) from two marriages. His wife, Anupama, is American by birth.

Filmography[edit]

Film Year Role Notes
Shaukeen 2015
Saat Uchakkey 2014
Kisi Ne Titli Ko Dekha Hai Kya 2014
Jai Ho Democracy 2014
Muavza 2014 Bechu Bhai
Badlapur Boys 2014
Miss Tanakpur Hazir ho 2014
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 2013 Sir Yograj Khanna
Vicky Donor 2012 Dr. Baldev Chaddha Screen Award for Best Comedian
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor

TOIFA AWARD VANCOUVER 2013 FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

IIFA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Gali Gali Chor Hai 2012
7 Khoon Maaf 2011 Inspector Keemat Lal
The Fakir of Venice 2008 Sattar
Aitraaz 2004 Barrister Ram Chauthrani
Raincoat 2004 Landlord
Kuch To Gadbad Hai 2004 Justice Balwant Khanna
Om Jai Jagadish 2002 KK
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin 2002 Munnu Mobile
Tune Mera Dil Le Liyaa 2000 K.K.'s assistant
Arjun Pandit 1999 Imran
Kachche Dhaage 1999
Udaan 1997 Anand Lagpade
Vijeta 1996 Constable Chamanlal
Kala Pani 1996 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
Anokha Andaaz 1995
Jawab 1995
Drohkaal 1994 Surinder
Darr 1993 Vikram "Vicky" Oberoi
Gardish 1993 Manishbhai Harishbhai
Waqt Hamara Hai 1993 Cafeteria supervisor
Sardar 1993 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Dil Ki Baazi 1993 Bihari Daulatram's cook
Shreemaan Aashique 1993 Masterji (song "Is Se Jyada Dukh Na Koi")
Muskurahat 1992 Jaggan
Paayal 1992 Pardesi
Jeena Marna Tere Sang 1992
Ranbhoomi 1991 Stationmaster
Vishnu-Devaa 1991 Petty thief
Hum 1991 Havaldar Arjun Singh
Jamai Raja 1991 Paltu/I.C. Mishra
Yodha 1991 Umeed Singh
Ghayal 1990 Drunkard
Aawaz De Kahan Hai 1990 Hariya (AKA Harry)
Pyasi Nigahen 1990 Susheel
Veeru Dada 1990 Ibrahim Gharewali
Zakhmi Zameen 1990 Madhav
ChaalBaaz 1989 Daya Tribhuvan's servant
Elaan-E-Jung 1989
Dost 1989 Forest officer
Aakhri Gulam 1989
Main Azaad Hoon 1989 Munna
Ram Lakhan 1989 Shiv Charan Mathur
The Perfect Murder 1988 Tiny man
Gunahon Ka Faisla 1988 Dinu
Khoon Bahaa Ganga Mein 1988
Tezaab 1988 Abbas Ali Guldasta
Mr. India 1987 Mr. Gaitonde (editor)
Susman 1987 Lakshmaya
Chameli Ki Shaadi 1986 Chhadami Lal
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla 1986 Juror #9
Arjun 1985 Babu Ram
Damul 1985 Sanjeevan
Utsav 1984 Masseur Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
Khandhar 1984 Anil
Mashaal 1984 Nagesh
Betaab 1983 Chelaram
Mandi 1983

Television
Programme Notes
Khari-Khari Rajendra Bhatia
Darpan (two stories) Basu Chatterji
Kabir Anil Chaudry
Satya Ray Presents (one story) Satyajit Ray
Param Vir Chakra Chetan Anand
Quile Ka Rahasya Seema Kapoor
Close Up Antakshari Gajendra Singh
Chekhov Ki Duniya (one story) Ranjit Kapoor
Idea Jalsa By Durga Jasraj
Wheel Smart Shrimati For Doordarshan
Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka Gajendra Singh
Ek Se Badkar Ek Chota Packet
Bada Dhamaka Ki Funshala
Golden Era With Annu Kapoor Mastiii
Itihaas Gavah Hai(Voice Over) News24


Radio
Show Radio Station Name
Suhaana Safar With Annu Kapoor 92.7 Big FM

Theatre[edit]

Parsi theatre
  • ' Laila Majnu
  • Harischandra
  • Shirin-Farhad
  • Bhakta Prahlad
  • Shree Krishna Avtar
  • Dahi Wali
  • Qatl-e-Tamizan
Modern plays

Director[edit]

Kapoor has directed several plays. He also directed a feature film (Abhay (The Fearless), starring Nana Patekar, Moon Sen and Benjamin Gilani) for the Children's Film Society, India. The film received the 1994 National Film Award for Best Children's Film.

Producer[edit]

Kapoor produced a musical talent contest for children (Aao Jhoomein Gaayen for SAB TV) and a Bengali-language musical talent-hunt show, Gaan Gaao Taaka Naao on Ruposhi Bangla TV in Kolkata. He also produced a musical in Mathura entitled Ek Sunhari Shyam.

Achievements[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Seasons India :: Star Directory - Profiles
  2. ^ a b c The meaningful sperm Daily Pioneer, 28 April 2012.
  3. ^ "imdb.com". 
  4. ^ "Vicky Donor - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  5. ^ The Golden Era with Annu Kapoor, Montage on Vimeo
  6. ^ a b ABHAY (The Fearless) Children's Film Society India
  7. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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