Kunal Kapoor

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Kunal Kapoor
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Born (1977-10-18) 18 October 1977 (age 37)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Naina Bachan 10 February 2015

Kunal Kapoor[1] (born in Mumbai, India) is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi cinema.

Early life[edit]

Kapoor was born in Mumbai to a family which originally belongs to Amritsar. In Feb 2015, he married Naina Bachchan, a niece of Amitabh Bachchan, at a private family ceremony in the Seychelles.[2]


Kapoor trained for an acting career under Barry John, and became a part of Motley, a theatre group run by Vimlesh Patel.[3] He began his career as an assistant director of Aks, which starred Manoj Bajpayee and in which Amitabh Bachchan played a major character role, but soon abandoned both theatre and film direction for a career as a film actor.

Kapoor made his movie debut as the male lead opposite Tabu in Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2005), a film which did not fare well either at the box office or with the critics. His next film was the Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti (2006), in which he played one of several second-leads. His performance was however noticed favourably, and Kapoor received a nomination in the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award category (2006). The film was successful both critically and commercially, and it was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2007 BAFTA Awards.[4]

Kapoor subsequently played second-leads in several films, almost all of which flopped at the box office and were generally ignored by film critics. These include Hattrick (2007), Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), Aaja Nachle (2007) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). He also played a bit-role in Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008), where he did not have a single dialogue. After this, Kapoor took a break for two years, and appeared next in Rahul Dholakia's Lamhaa (2010) starring Sanjay Dutt, which also flopped. That same year (2010), Kapoor voiced the Indian God Rama in Mahayoddha Rama, an animation film made by Raizada Rohit Jaising Vaid.[5] In 2011, he appeared in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Don 2, where his performance was appreciated.[6]

In 2012, Kapoor played the lead role in Sameer Sharma's light-hearted comedy film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. The film 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 Kapoor the Indian Matthew McCoughnahay.[7] In 2014, he appeared in the off-beat comedy film Kaun kitne paani mein.

Kapoor's forthcoming projects include a film by Anurag Kashyap, where he will play Doga, a popular superhero who features in Raj Comics. He will also appear in Chamkila, a biography of controversial Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila for which he will begin filming in early 2013.[8]

He has endorsed popular brands like Thums up, Indian terrain, Ray Ban, Mahindra Logan and Save the Children charity.

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.[9]


  • 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 weds Amitabh Bachchan’s niece". ABP News. 11 February 2015. 
  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. ^ Don 2 review; critics reviews of Don 2 movie
  7. ^ NY Times Movie Review
  8. ^ "Tales from Kunal’s script". Times of India. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Kunal Kapoor columns". Desimartini. Retrieved 24 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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