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Ram Kapoor at the unveiling of his show Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
1 September 1973
New Delhi, India
|Known for||Acting in Kasamh Se and Bade Achhe Lagte Hain|
|Home town||Mumbai, India|
|Spouse(s)||Gautami Kapoor (2003–present)|
|Children||Sia Kapoor (b. 12 June 2006)
Aks Kapoor (b. 12 January 2009)
Ram Kapoor ([raːm qaːpuːr]; born 1 September 1973) is an Indian television actor noted particularly for his portrayal of Jai Walia on Kasamh Se and for his character, Ram Kapoor, in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain. He rose to prominence as the host of Rakhi Ka Swayamwar.[clarification needed]
He is the only actor to win the Indian Telly Awards for best actor consecutively (in 2006, 2007 and 2008). Kapoor has received numerous awards, recognition and acclaim for his work in Indian television. Kapoor has acted in five Hindi movies in supporting roles.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Television
- 4 Films
- 5 Awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Ram Kapoor was born into a Punjabi Khatri family in New Delhi, India, to Anil Kapoor, an advertising and marketing executive and Rita Kapoor a homemaker. He grew up in Mumbai, India, where his family moved soon after his birth. Ram has a younger sister, Aruna.
Kapoor attended the reputed private Scottish High School in Mumbai. He spent his formative years at Sherwood College, a well-known boarding school in Nainital, where he excelled in sports, swimming, volleyball and tennis. At Sherwood College Kapoor was introduced to acting, when as a challenge and an order from his head captain he auditioned for the annual school theatrical production of Charley's Aunt and performed the lead role. Under the direction and tutelage of Amir Raza Hussein Kapoor found his career path and realized his love for acting. After completing his 10th board exams, Kapoor studied at the Kodaikanal International School.
After his graduation Kapoor decided to join the entertainment industry and left for Los Angeles in the United States with the intention of joining UCLA to study film making. But it was his love for acting that compelled him to join a Stanislavski acting academy in Los Angeles where Kapoor successfully graduated. Kapoor’s mother was his biggest support, but his father doubted his commitment as he wanted Ram to follow in his footsteps and join the corporate world. To prove to his father wrong Kapoor attended the Stanislavski School of Method Acting[which?] for six months, before he informed his parents that he was attending acting school and not UCLA. To support himself financially Kapoor did odd jobs which included selling cars, credit cards, cable subscriptions and working at Starbucks.
1997–2005: Debut and breakthrough
The classically trained Ram Kapoor made his on screen debut with a critically acclaimed television serial called Nyay (1997), directed by Sudhir Mishra. Though the show did not gain popular recognition, Kapoor’s work was appreciated and he took up three more shows Heena (1998), Sangharsh (1999) in the same year he was offered a part in Kavita (2000).
In 2000 Kapoor acted in Ghar Ek Mandir. Kapoor opted out of two shows, Kavita and Sangharsh. By then Heena had aired its last episode. Kapoor worked with Amir Raza Hussein once again in The Fifty Days of War-Kargil which ran for 10 days in New Delhi as a tribute to the heroes of the Kargil War. Ram played five characters. This was his first and only theater experience.
In 2005 Kapoor was seen in three Hindi movies — Devaki, Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow and Missed Call. Devaki highlighted the plight of women in urban and rural India, comparing the similarities of their fate. Missed Call received polarized reactions at the film festivals. At the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles the movie was critically appreciated and the critics called it strikingly original and darkly humorous. However, at the Cannes Film Festival it was a critical and general failure.
2006–2009: Kasamh-Se and reality shows
In 2006, Kapoor got his breakthrough role of Jay Walia in Ekta Kapoor's Kasamh Se on Zee TV. He played the role of Male protagonist Jay Walia, who is a suave, wealthy business tycoon who marries his employee Bani and eventually falls in love with her. It acted like a milestone for his career as he quickly stole the limelight for the role. His acting was appreciated by viewers as well as TV critics. His chemistry with costar Prachi Desai was also well appreciated by the audience. He received a lot of appreciation and recognition for his role of Jay Walia in the serial and the role made him one of the best actor of Indian television. Since January 2006, Kasamh Se is giving consistent good TRPs and is the top show of the channel. In 2009 Kasamh Se ended its three-year reign.
In 2007, Kapoor was chosen to play the cameo in Ekta Kapoor's path breking saga Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus as Jas Thakral. Ekta Kapoor herself made it clear that the role would be the most different role ever seen on Indian Television. Though the role was a different and most hyped but did not click with the audience.
To avoid being typecast in roles similar to Jai Walia, Kapoor opted for Basera. The show launched on 17 August 2009 on NDTV Imagine and opened in the top 100 on the TRP chart. 2009 also saw Kapoor participate in two reality shows: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa as a participant and Rakhi Ka Swayamwar as a host.
Due to the commercial success of Swayamwar 1 (Rakhi Ka Swayamwar), Kapoor was reassigned to host Swayamwar 2 (Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega). He appeared in Swayamwar 3 (Ratan Ka Rishta) as a part-time host, whenever Hiten Tejwani was unable to appear.
2010–2011: Bollywood and other appearances
Kapoor has also appeared in minor roles in two films in 2010. The first was the commercial Karthik Calling Karthik, starring Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone with Kapoor playing the role of Kamath. The second, Udaan, was a Parallel Cinema directed by Vikrmaditya Motwane and under the banner of award-winning filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.
2011–present: Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
In 2011 2012, 2013, 2014, Kapoor also enacted small role in the Bollywood films Love U...Mr. Kalakaar!, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Udaan, Karthik Calling Karthik, Agent Vinod, Student of the Year, Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Mai, Shaadi Ke Side Effects that made him a known and active face in Hindi film industry.
In 2013, he is a host in the TV reality show Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki.
|2000||Ghar Ek Mandir||Rahul|
|2001||Kabhi Aaye Na Judaai||Rajeshwar Agnihotri|
|2002||Kehta Hai Dil||Jai Singh|
|2003||Awaz - Dil Se Dil Tak||Vishal|
|2003||Dhadkan||Dr. Rajeev Agarwal|
|2005||Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi||Shadab|
|2006-09||Kasamh Se||Jai Walia|
|2007||Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi||Jas Thakral|
|2009||Basera||Keshu Bhai Sanghvi|
|2011–present||Bade Achhe Lagte Hain||Ram Amarnath Kapoor|
|2013||Sanskaar – Dharohar Apnon Ki||Paddy|
|2002||Kamzor Kadi Kaun||Guest contestant|
|2002||Chalti Ka Naam Antakshari||Guest contestant|
|2003||Khullja Sim Sim||Guest contestant|
|2006||Jodee Kamaal Ki||Guest contestant|
|2006||Kam Ya Zyaada||Contestant|
|2009||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa||Contestant|
|2009||Rakhi Ka Swayamwar||Host|
|2010||Swayamwar 2 - Rahul Dhulaniya Lejaayenge||Host|
|2011||Kaun Banega Crorepati 5||Guest participant|
|2012||Kaun Banega Crorepati 6||Guest participant|
|2013||Welcome- Bazzi mehman nawazi ki||Host|
|2001||Indian Telly Awards||Host|
|2003||Indian Telly Awards||Host|
|2006||Zee Astitva Awards||Host|
|2007||7th Indian Telly Awards||Host|
|2012||11th Indian Telly Awards||Host|
|2012||12th Indian Television Academy Awards||Host|
|2000||50 Day War-Kargil||5 different characters|
|2001||Monsoon Wedding||Cameo as Shelly|
|2003||Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi||Arun Mehta|
|2005||Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow||Rohan Sehgal|
|2005||Missed Call||Vinay Murthi|
|2010||Karthik Calling Karthik||Kamath|
|2011||Love U...Mr. Kalakaar!||Deshraj Diwan|
|2012||Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu||Mr Bulani|
|2012||Agent Vinod||Abu Nazir|
|2012||Student Of The Year||Ashok Nanda|
|2013||Mere Dad Ki Maruti||Tej Khullar|
|2014||Shaadi Ke Side Effects||Ranveer|
- Indian Telly Awards (Website). "Best Actor, Indian Telly Awards". Retrieved July 31, 2012.
- Ram Kapoor’s tantrums on Basera
- An Interview with Ram Kapoor 1 October 2001
- Fifty Days of Kargil
- As Shelly in Monsoon Wedding
- Plays the cop
- As Rohan Sehgal
- Acted in Missed Call
- Indian film Festival of Los Angeles
- Cannes Film Festival
- Protagonist in Basera
- Participated in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa
- Hosted Rakhi Ka Swayamwar
- Ram Kapoor as a part time host in Ratan Ka Rishta
- "Ram Kapoor, Sakshi Tanwar and Amrita Mukherjee (Pihu) in KBC 6".
- "Ram Kapoor & Roshni Chopra as hosts of Astitva Awards, 2006".
- As Vinay Murthi in Missed Call
- Best Actor Critics choice
- Best Actor Sansui Awards 2008
- "Ram Kapoor wins Best Actor at 5th Boroplus Gold Awards".
- "Ram Kapoor wins Best Actor at 12th Academy Awards".