Aditya Roy Kapur

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Aditya Roy Kapur
Aditya Roy Kapur spotted at the gym in Bandra.jpg
Born (1985-11-16) 16 November 1985 (age 33)
EducationSt. Xavier's College, Mumbai
OccupationDJ, actor, VJ, performer
Years active2009–present
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 making his acting debut with the 2009 musical comedy London Dreams, Kapur was praised portraying a aspiring magician in the 2010 romantic drama Guzaarish. After this, Kapur earned commercial success in Bollywood with the 2013 musical romance Aashiqui 2 and the 2013 romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, both of which were among the top-grossing productions of 2013. The latter gained him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Kapur's next three releases–the social comedy Daawat-e-Ishq (2014), the romance Fitoor (2016), and the romantic comedy OK Jaanu (2017)–were commercial failures. However, his career prospects improved in 2019 when he starred in Kalank, a period romance that earned him critical acclaim.

Early life and background[edit]

Kapur was born in Mumbai on 16 November 1985[1] to a Punjabi Hindu father,[2] Kumud Roy Kapur, and Salome Aaron, an Indian Jewish. [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, was 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.


Film debut, initial struggle, and breakthrough (2009–2013)[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 VJ, Bruna Abdullah.[7]

Kapur later began his film career with the musical comedy London Dreams (2009), where he starred alongside Salman Khan, Asin, and Ajay Devgn. The film was declared a flop, despite receiving positive reviews.

For his second release, Kapur was paired alongside Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai in the science-fiction comedy Action Replayy. The film also under-performed at the box office. He was next seen in the romantic drama Guzaarish (2010) alongside Rai and Hrithik Roshan. The film also did not perform well, but Kapur's portrayal of a aspiring magician was praised by the critics.

Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor promoting Aashiqui 2 in 2013

After a three-year hiatus, Kapur appeared as a singer in Mohit Suri's musical romantic drama Aashiqui 2 (2013) opposite Shraddha Kapoor. The film, upon release, emerged as Kapur's first commercial success, as well as the eighth highest-grossing Indian film of 2013. Kapur's on-screen chemistry with Kapoor was appreciated by the critics, which gained him a number of awards at several award ceremonies, most notably in the Jodi No.1 category, including the Screen Awards.

Later in 2013, Kapur featured alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Kalki Koechlin in Ayan Mukerji's coming-of-age romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The film not just proved to be a commercial success but also became the fourth highest-grossing Indian film of 2013, and Kapur's performance earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Career challenges (2014–2018)[edit]

Kapur's next appearance was in Habib Faisal's social romantic comedy Daawat-e-Ishq (2014), co-starring Parineeti Chopra and Anupam Kher. He was cast as Tariq "Taaru" Haider, a renowned restaurant manager. Despite receiving positive reviews from critics, the film was commercially unsuccessful at the box office.

Kapur and Katrina Kaif promoting Fitoor in 2016

2016 saw Kapur starring in Abhishek Kapoor's romantic drama Fitoor. Co-starring Katrina Kaif and Tabu, Kapur was cast as Noor Nizami, a man who is in love with Firdaus (played by Kaif), the daughter of a Begum (played by Tabu). The film emerged as a failure at the box office. Later that year, he made a special appearance in Gauri Shinde's coming-of-age dramedy Dear Zindagi (2016) starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan.

Kapur reunited with Shraddha Kapoor in OK Jaanu (2017), a romantic comedy about a live-in-relationship between a woman and a video game developer. The film was directed by Shaad Ali. After this, Kapur featured in the spoof comedy Welcome to New York (2018), co-starring Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh. Both OK Jaanu and Welcome to New York were box-office disappointments.

Improving of career prospects (2019–present)[edit]

The series of commercial failures ended with Kapur's next project–the period romance Kalank (2019)–directed by Abhishek Varman. Co-starring Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit, and Sanjay Dutt, the film was a love story of 1945. The film was declared a semi-hit by box office.

Other work[edit]

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.[8]


Year Film Role Director Notes
2009 London Dreams Wasim Khan Vipul Shah
2010 Action Replayy Bunty
Guzaarish Omar Siddiqui Sanjay Leela Bhansali
2013 Aashiqui 2 Rahul Jayekar Mohit Suri
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Avinash "Avi" Arora Ayan Mukerji Nominated –Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Daawat-e-Ishq Tariq Haider Habib Faisal
2016 Fitoor Noor Nizami Abhishek Kapoor
Dear Zindagi Furniture Dealer Gauri Shinde Guest Appearance
2017 Ok Jaanu Aditya Shaad Ali
2018 Welcome To New York Himself Chakri Toleti Special Appearance
2019 Kalank Dev Chaudhry Abhishek Varman
2020 Malang TBA Mohit Suri Filming
Sadak 2 TBA Mahesh Bhatt Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result Reference
2013 Big Star Entertainment Awards Best Actor In Romantic Role Aashiqui 2 Won [9]
Most Romantic Jodi Award

(With Shraddha Kapoor)

Won [9]
2014 Screen Awards Jodi Number 1

(With Shraddha Kapoor)

Won [10]
Star Guild Awards Jodi Of The Year

(With Shraddha Kapoor)

Won [11]
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Nominated [12]
IIFA Awards Won [13]


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  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 November 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 27 June 2018CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ a b Devi, Kanchana. "Big Star Entertainment Awards 2013 – List of winners". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  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". 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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