Aditya Roy Kapur

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Aditya Roy Kapur
Aditya Roy Kapur at Samsung S4 launch.jpg
Born (1985-11-16) 16 November 1985 (age 32)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
EducationSt. Xavier's College, Mumbai
OccupationDJ, actor, VJ, performer
Years active2009–present
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
RelativesSee Roy Kapur family

Aditya Roy Kapur (pronounced [aːd̪ɪt̪jə rɔj kəˈpuːr]; born 16 November 1985) is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi films. After a brief career as a VJ on Channel V, he made his film debut with a minor role in London Dreams (2009) and followed it by playing supporting roles in Action Replayy (2010) and Guzaarish (2010). He rose to prominence in 2013 by playing the male lead in the highly successful romantic drama, Aashiqui 2, and a supporting role in the coming-of-age romance, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Kapur then appeared in the romantic comedy Daawat-e-Ishq with Parineeti Chopra and OK Jaanu featuring Shraddha Kapoor which did fairly well at the box office.

Early life and background[edit]

Aditya Roy Kapur was born in Mumbai on 16 November 1985[1] to a Punjabi Hindu father,[2] Kumud Roy Kapur, and an Indian Jewish mother, Salome Aaron.[3] His grandfather, Raghupat Roy Kapur, was a film producer.[4][5] Kapur is the youngest of the three siblings- his eldest brother, Siddharth Roy Kapur, is the Chief Executive Officer of UTV Motion Pictures and is married to the actress, Vidya Balan. His second elder brother, Kunaal Roy Kapur, is also an actor.[6]

His maternal grandparents, Sam and Ruby Aaron, were qualified dance teachers who introduced the Sama dance to India.[4] He did his schooling from G. D. Somani Memorial School, in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, where all his siblings studied and his mother directed school plays.[4] Subsequently, he graduated from St. Xavier's College, affiliated to the University of Mumbai.

Kapur is not a trained actor, though he has taken dance lessons and also diction classes to improve his Hindi accent. According to him he "had no burning ambition to become an actor," and was content being a VJ, until he was called to audition for London Dreams. During his school years, he wanted to be a cricketer but he quit cricket coaching classes after sixth standard.

Career[edit]

Film debut and initial struggle (2009–2010)[edit]

Kapur started his career as a VJ on music channel Channel V India, where his comic timing and "unique style of hosting" made him a hit. He did a show "Pakao" for Channel V, and also hosted the hugely popular, 'India's hottest' show with fellow VJ, Bruna Abdullah.[7] Later he made his film debut in 2009 playing a minor role in Vipul Shah's musical drama, London Dreams, starring alongside Salman Khan, Asin and Ajay Devgan. The film was not well received by critics, and was a box office flop.

Kapur was next seen in the science fiction romantic comedy, Action Replayy (2010), a remake of Back to the Future, starring Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai, which was also directed by Vipul Shah. The movie was a critical and commercial failure. He next appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's bittersweet drama, Guzaarish (2010), starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. The film earned mixed to positive reviews from critics and although not a massive hit it was commercially profitable.

Breakthrough (2013-present)[edit]

Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor smiles for the camera
Kapur with Shraddha Kapoor at a Live concert for promotion of Aashiqui 2 in 2013.

Kapur's career reached a turning point in 2013, when he played the male lead in Mohit Suri's romantic drama, Aashiqui 2, opposite Shraddha Kapoor. It was released as the sequel to Mahesh Bhatt's, Aashiqui (1990). The two films were unrelated in terms of plot and characters, but were of the same genre and shared similar themes. The film earned mixed to positive reviews from critics, and Kapur earned rave reviews for his performance as a declining singer battling with alcoholism. Film critic, Anupama Chopra, wrote that, "Aditya gives Rahul's angst a certain charm. He is earnest and broken."[8] His on-screen chemistry with co-star Kapoor was also well-appreciated. This successful film was the eighth-highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2013.

His next role was in Ayan Mukerji's coming-of-age romantic comedy, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Kalki Koechlin. Kapur's performance earned him positive reviews and a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. The film itself received mixed to positive reviews from critics, and became the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2013.

Kapur was next seen opposite Parineeti Chopra in Habib Faisal's romantic dramedy, Daawat-e-Ishq (2014). He then starred opposite Katrina Kaif in Abhishek Kapoor's romantic drama, Fitoor, an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Neither of these films fared well at the box office.

In 2016, Kapur made a guest appearance in Gauri Shinde's, Dear Zindagi, starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan, which was released in November 2016.[9] Towards the end of 2016, he completed filming for Shaad Ali's romance, Ok Jaanu, opposite Shraddha Kapoor again. The film, a Hindi remake of the Tamil film, O Kadhal Kanmani, released in January 2017.[10] He next appeared in Welcome To New York in 2018 opposite Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh. Kapur will next be seen in Abhishek Varman's period drama, Kalank, alongside an ensemble cast of Maduri Dixit, Sinha, Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sanjay Dutt. The film is scheduled to release in 19 April 2019 .He will also star in Mahesh Bhatt directional triller drama Sadak 2 opposite Alia Bhatt. Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt will also feature in the film. The film is a sequel of Sadak and is scheduled to release in 25th March 2020.

In 2016, he did a music tour named "Dream Team Bollywood" and performed in Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, New York alongside Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, & Varun Dhawan.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2009 London Dreams Wasim Khan
2010 Action Replayy Bunty
Guzaarish Omar Siddiqui
2013 Aashiqui 2 Rahul Jayekar
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Avinash 'Avi' Arora
2014 Daawat-e-Ishq Tariq 'Taaru' Haidar
2016 Fitoor Noor Nizami
Dear Zindagi A furniture dealer Special appearance
2017 Ok Jaanu Aditya
2018 Welcome To New York Himself Special Appearance
2019 Kalank Prince Arjun
2020 Sadak 2

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Film Result
2013 BIG Star Entertainment Award for Best actor in a Romantic role Aashiqui 2 Won[12]
BIG Star Entertainment Award for the Most Romantic Award for 2013 (alongside Shraddha Kapoor) Won[12]
2014 Screen Award for Jodi No. 1 (along with Shraddha Kapoor) Won[13]
Star Guild Awards for Jodi of the Year (along with Shraddha Kapoor) Won[14]
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Nominated[15]
IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Won[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthday Exclusive: Aditya Roy Kapur". Deccan Chronicle. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  2. ^ "History of India's Jewish beauty queens". Ynetnews. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Shraddha and I are really, really close: Aditya Roy Kapur". The Times of India. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Another GenNext Kapur family finds feet in Bollywood". The Economic Times. 20 Nov 2010. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  5. ^ G. Rakesh on IMDb
  6. ^ "Born to Sweet Delight". Tehelka. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  7. ^ India's Hottest, Bruna Abdullah, Aditya Roy Kapoor, retrieved 2018-06-27
  8. ^ Chopra, Anupama (26 April 2013). "Anupama Chopra's review: Aashiqui 2". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved 4 Aug 2014.
  9. ^ "Dear Zindagi sans Shah Rukh Khan is no film: Alia Bhatt". Hindustan Times. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Shraddha and Aditya wrap up Ok Jaanu with a grand bash". Deccan Chronicle. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Bollywood Dream Team 2016: Katrina, Alia, Sidharth, Varun, Parineeti, Aditya Roy Kapur US tour in August" Archived 26 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine., India News Bulletin
  12. ^ a b "Big Star Entertainment Awards 2013 – List of winners". truthdive.com. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  13. ^ "20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards: List of winners". The Indian Express. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Winners of 9th Renault Star Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  15. ^ "59th Filmfare Awards: Nominations' Full List". koimoi.com. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  16. ^ Bhowmik, Arijita (27 April 2014). "IIFA Awards 2014: Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' Take Away Major Honours [Full Winner's List]". International Business Times. Retrieved 27 April 2014.

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