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May 29, 1954 |
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
|Spouse(s)||Neelima Azeem (1975–1984 divorced)
Supriya Pathak (1986–present)
Pankaj Kapur is an Indian theatre, television and film actor from Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He has appeared in several television serials and films. His most acclaimed film roles to date have been that of Dr. Dipankar Roy in Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991) and Abba ji, (based on Shakespeare's King Duncan) in Vishal Bhardwaj's adaption of Macbeth; Maqbool(2003), both of which got him National Film Awards.
In the 1980s and 1990s he became a household name through his TV series like Karamchand, a comedy television series in the detective genre and, most recently, Office Office, a comic satire on prevalent corruption in India.
Pankaj Kapur first studied Engineering in New Delhi and completed the course in 1973, topping his college. Thereafter, he joined National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi and graduated in 1976; here again he received the Best Actor Award.In the late 1960's he developed the desire to be an actor in films. He disclosed in an interview in 2012 that "My only idol was Rajesh Khanna".
After graduating from National School of Drama, he did theatre for next four years, until he was offered a role in Gandhi by Richard Attenborough. Over the years, as a director, he has done over 74 plays and serials, including Mohandas B.A.L.L.B., Wah Bhai Wah, Sahabji Biwiji Ghulamji and Drishtanth, Kanak Di Balli, Albert's Bridge and Panchvan Savaar.
He made his film debut with Shyam Benegal's film Arohan (1982). Following that he played the role of Mahatma Gandhi's second secretary, Pyarelal, in the Richard Attenbrough film Gandhi in 1982. Later he dubbed for Ben Kingsley in the Hindi version of the film.
Thereafter he appeared in a string of art films that came under the parallel cinema category, with leading art films directors, starting with Shyam Benegal's Mandi (1983), Kundan Shah's comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro again in 1983. This was followed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza satirical Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984), Mrinal Sen's Khandhar (1984), and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's suspense thriller Khamosh in 1985. He appeared in many art films, many of which went on to win National Film Awards.
In 1986, he switched to television, with the role of Karamchand jasoos(detective) in the detective-comedy, Karamchand, also starring Shushmita Mukherjee. Over the years he has been seen in numerous TV serials, including, Kab Tak Pukaroon (Doordarshan) Zabaan Sambhaal Ke (a remake of the English TV series, Mind Your Language), Lifeline with Vijaya Mehta, Neem ka Ped and finally comic interludes in Philips Top 10.
Meanwhile his tryst with art cinema continued, as he starred in films like Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986), Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986), and Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin (1987). In 1987, his comic side was visible again in the commercial action film Jalwa, also starring Naseeruddin Shah.
He starred in the classic Punjabi film Marhi Da Diva (1989). He featured in the 1992 critically acclaimed Mani Ratnam film Roja directed. (Roja was made in Tamil and later dubbed in Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and Malayalam.)
His strongest performance in the early part of his career came from his lead role of struggling scientist in the film Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991), for which he was awarded the 1991 National Film Award – Special Jury Award.
In 2000 he returned to television with the serial Office Office a highly acclaimed satirical take on the prevalent corruption in India.
In 2003 he appeared in critically acclaimed Maqbool, Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Maqbool got him the 2004 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. Meanwhile, he released films like The Blue Umbrella (2005), Dus (2005) and Halla Bol (2007).
Personal life 
|1983||Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro||Tarneja|
|1983||Mandi||Shanti Devi's Assistant|
|1984||Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!|
|1986||Chameli Ki Shaadi||Kallumal "Koylawala"|
|1986||Ek Ruka Hua Faisla||Juror #3||TV adaptation of 12 Angry Men|
|1987||Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin||Rohit|
|1989||Marhi Da Deeva||Punjabi film|
|1991||Ek Doctor Ki Maut|
|1995||Ram Jaane||Pannu Technicolor|
|1997||Rui Ka Bojh|
|2003||Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon||Satyaprakash|
|2003||Maqbool||Jahangir Khan (Abbaji)|
|2004||Sehar||Prof. Bhole Shankar Tiwari|
|2007||The Blue Umbrella||Ram|
|2011||Chala Musaddi Office Office||Musaddi Lal Tripathi|
|2013||Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola||Mandola|
- Mausam (2011) Starring Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor,
TV serials 
- Karamchand (1985–1988 2006–?)
- Zabaan Sambhaal Ke (1993).... Mohan Bharti
- Neem ka Ped (1991)
- Phatichar (1991)
- Lifeline with Vijaya Mehta
- Office Office (2000–2004)
- Tehreer.... Munshi Premchand Ki – Godaan by Doordarshan (2004)
- Kab Tak Pukaroon
- 'Philips Top 10'
- Mohandas B.A.L.L.B.
- Naya Office Office (2006–)
- 1989 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, Raakh
- 1990: Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Raakh
- 1991: National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Ek Doctor Ki Maut
- 2004: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, Maqbool
- 2005: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, Maqbool
- 2006: Nominated: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Dus
- 2007–08 Best Actor National Award by Journalist Association of India
- Shahid is a star: Pankaj Kapur – Entertainment – DNA. Dnaindia.com (2011-09-21). Retrieved on 2012-06-17.
- Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986). imdb.com
- Journalists, artists honoured by Journalist Association of India with National Award 2007. jaoi.org
- Pankaj Kapur at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Pankaj Kapoor 16 October 2002
- Chala Mussadi Office Office trailer