18 October 1977 |
|Spouse(s)||Naina Bachan 10 February 2015|
Kapoor trained for an acting career under Barry John, and became a part of Motley, a theatre group run by Vimlesh Patel. 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.
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. In 2011, he appeared in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Don 2, where his performance was appreciated.
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. 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.
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.
|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|
|2011||Don 2||Sameer Ali|
|2012||Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana||Omi Khurana|
|2001||Aks||Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra|
- Hindi: कुणाल कपूर.
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- Don 2 review; critics reviews of Don 2 movie
- NY Times Movie Review
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- Doga (film)