Aditya Roy Kapur

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Aditya Roy Kapur
Kapur in 2017
Kapur in 2013
Born (1985-11-16) 16 November 1985 (age 31)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, vj
Years active 2009–present
Relatives See Roy Kapur family

Aditya Roy Kapur (pronounced [ədiːtjə roj 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, both of which ranked among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of the year.

Early life and background[edit]

Aditya Roy Kapur was born in Mumbai on 16 November 1985 and he lived in US for 10 years,[1] to a Punjabi Hindu father and an Indian Jewish mother,[2] Salome Roy Kapur nee Aaron. Kapur is the youngest of the three siblings, his eldest brother Siddharth Roy Kapur is the Chief Executive Officer of UTV Motion Pictures, who had married actress Vidya Balan and his second elder brother Kunaal Roy Kapur is also an actor.[3]

His grandfather, Raghupat Roy Kapur was a film producer[4][5] and 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 where his mother directed school plays.[4] Subsequently, he graduated from St. Xavier's College.

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, where his comic timing and "unique style of hosting" made him a hit. He then made his film debut in 2009 playing a minor role in Vipul Shah's musical drama London Dreams starring Salman Khan,Asin, Ajay Devgan. The film was not well received by critics, and was unsuccessful at the box office.

Kapur was next seen in the science fiction romantic comedy Action Replayy (2010) starring Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai, also directed by Vipul Shah, which was unsuccessful both critically and commercially. He next appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's bittersweet drama Guzaarish (2010) starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. The film was not commercially successful, but it earned mixed to positive reviews from critics.

Breakthrough (2013)[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."[6] His on-screen chemistry with co-star Kapoor was also well-appreciated. The film was a commercial success, and became 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.

Aditya Roy Kapur & Shraddha Kapoor promote ‘Ok Jaanu’

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.[7] Towards the end of 2016, he completed filming for Shaad Ali's romance Ok Jaanu opposite Shraddha Kapoor. The film, a Hindi remake of the Tamil film O Kadhal Kanmani, released in January 2017.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Film Result
2013 BIG Star Entertainment Award for Best actor in a Romantic role Aashiqui 2 Won[9]
BIG Star Entertainment Award for the Most Romantic Award for 2013 (alongside Shraddha Kapoor) Won[9]
2014 Screen Award for Jodi No. 1 (along with Shraddha Kapoor) Won[10]
Star Guild Awards for Jodi of the Year (along with Shraddha Kapoor) Won[11]
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Nominated[12]
IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Won[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthday Exclusive: Aditya Roy Kapur". Deccan Chronicle. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Shraddha and I are really, really close: Aditya Roy Kapur". The Times of India. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Born to Sweet Delight". Tehelka. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 15 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 Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Chopra, Anupama (26 April 2013). "Anupama Chopra's review: Aashiqui 2". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 4 Aug 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dear Zindagi sans Shah Rukh Khan is no film: Alia Bhatt". Hindustan Times. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Shraddha and Aditya wrap up Ok Jaanu with a grand bash". Deccan Chronicle. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Big Star Entertainment Awards 2013 – List of winners". truthdive.com. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards: List of winners". The Indian Express. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Winners of 9th Renault Star Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "59th Filmfare Awards: Nominations’ Full List". koimoi.com. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  13. ^ 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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