Kunal Kapoor

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Kunal Kapoor
Kunal KAPOOR.jpg
Born (1977-10-18) 18 October 1977 (age 37)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present

Kunal Kapoor[1] (born in Mumbai, India) is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi cinema. Born in Mumbai, his family originally belongs to Amritsar. Kunal's career took off 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). He recently got engaged to Amitabh Bachchan's niece, Naina Bachchan.

According to The Times of India Kunal Kapoor is set for marriage and claims that he would get married soon.[2]


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.[3] 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 nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2007 BAFTA Awards.[4] His performance was acclaimed and he received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award nomination.[citation needed]

In 2007, he starred in Hattrick which failed to do well at the box office.[citation needed] His next two films, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and Aaja Nachle, also failed to make an impact at the box office.[citation needed]

He has endorsed popular brands like Thums up, Indian terrain, Ray Ban and Mahindra Logan.[citation needed] With actress Gwyneth Paltrow, he is the face of the Save the Children charity.[citation needed] 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.[5]

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.[6]

He played a pivotal role in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Don 2 for which he received acclaim from audiences and critics.[7]

He was last seen in Sameer Sharma's light hearted comedy film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana in which he played the lead role. The film and Kunal, both received great reviews and was hailed by the critics as being amongst the ten best films of the year. NY times reviewed it favourably and called Kunal, the Indian Matthew McCoughnahay.[8]

He will appear in Anurag Kashyap’s film, where he, will play Raj Comics' superhero Doga. He will appear in Chamkila, a biography of controversial Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila for which he will begin filming in early 2013.[9]

In 2014 he will be seen in the comedie Kaun kitne paani mein.


  • 2006: Star's Sabsey Favourite Naya Hero[10]
  • 2007: Stardust Breakthrough Performance, Male[11]



Year Film Role Notes
2005 Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities Kameshwar Mathur
2006 Rang De Basanti Aslam/Ashfaqullah Khan Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
2007 Hattrick Saby aka Sarbjeet Singh
2007 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Vivaan Varma
2007 Aaja Nachle Imran Pathan
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno Joginder Ahluwalia
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur Bansi Ram
2010 Lamhaa Aatif
2011 Don 2 Sameer Ali
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Omi Khurana
2016 Doga (film)[12] Doga

Assistant Director[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
2001 Aks Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hindi: कुणाल कपूर.
  2. ^ "Kunal Kapoor: I’ll be getting married soon". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Paitandy, Priyadarshini (7 June 2008). "Cool Kunal". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "`Rang De Basanti' loses at BAFTA awards". The Hindu. PTI. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  5. ^ Reddy, Sujata (4 August 2008). "Ramayana returns". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Kunal Kapoor columns". Desimartini. Retrieved 24 October 2008. 
  7. ^ Don 2 review; critics reviews of Don 2 movie
  8. ^ NY Times Movie Review
  9. ^ "Tales from Kunal’s script". Times of India. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  10. ^ Gupta, Pratim D. (9 May 2006). "Pop poll of the star-struck". The Telegraph. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  11. ^ Shah, Diti; Navgire, Moses (26 February 2007). "Mumbai hosts Max Stardust awards". Tonight. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  12. ^ Doga (film)

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