Annu Kapoor

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Annu Kapoor
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Kapoor promoting Jolly LLB 2
Born (1956-02-20) 20 February 1956 (age 62)
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Residence India
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Actor, anchor, radio presenter
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Anupama Kapoor, Arunita Mukherjee (divorced)
Children Kavan Kapoor, Maahir Kapoor, Aradhita Kapoor (from first marriage), Evaan Kapoor

Annu Kapoor (born as Anil Kapoor[1][2][3][4] on 20 February 1956)[5] is an Indian film actor and television presenter best-remembered for hosting the vocal reality show Antakshari from 1993 to 2006 and his roles in Mr. India (1987 film), Vicky Donor (2012) and Jolly LLB 2 (2017). He received Filmfare award as well as National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Vicky Donor.

Early life[edit]

Annu Kapoor was born in Itwara, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, on 20 February 1956, to Madanlal, a Punjabi father and Kamal, a Bengali mother. His father owned a travelling Parsi theatre company which performed in cities and towns, and his mother was a poet and a trained classical singer. His grandfather Dr Kripa Ram Kapoor was a doctor in the British Army and his great grandfather Lala Ganga Ram Kapoor, a revolutionary who was executed during the Indian freedom struggle.

Due to poor financial circumstances, he had to quit school following secondary education. With a salary of ₹ 40, his mother worked as a teacher. On his father's insistence, he joined his theatre company. Following a stint there, he joined National School of Drama in 1976, after his brother Ranjit Kapoor, who was already a student there insisted. After graduating from the National School Of Drama and a brief stint with its repertory company, in 1981, he played a 70-year-old man in the play Ek Ruka Hua Faisla in Bombay (now Mumbai). Film director Shyam Benegal who saw Kapoor perform, sent him a letter of appreciation and signed him for his 1983 film, Mandi.[6]


Annu Kapoor

Kapoor began his career as a stage actor in 1979 and was noticed in 1984's Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, directed by Basu Chatterjee and written by elder brother Ranjeet. Annu made his film debut in Mandi, (directed by Shyam Benegal) in 1983. His career has spanned over 30 years, including Bollywood cinema, television serials and game shows. Kapoor is best remembered for hosting the singing show Close-Up Antakshari, produced by Zee TV. His performance as an obsessive-compulsive sperm-bank physician in 2012's Vicky Donor met with critical and popular acclaim. He worked in the horror TV serial Kile ka Rahasya (1989) as a cop who fond of singing. Kapoor has also appeared in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2.[7]

In 2007, Antakshari – The National Challenge was relaunched on Star One. The previous year, its "final" episode was telecast; the programme's initial run was from 1993 to 2006. His range of roles varies from portrayal as Saint Kabir in DD National TV serial of the same name, as Mahatma Gandhi in Sardar and Veer Savarkar in Kaala Pani, to police inspector in 7 Khoon Maaf, a petty thief in Utsav to comedic villain in Hum.

The Golden Era - With Annu Kapoor on the Mastiii channel is a nostalgia TV show about Indian cinema, adorned with classical era's Hindi film songs and commentary by Annu Kapoor on unheard tales of Bollywood Cinema's Legends.[8]

Currently, he does a radio programme on 92.7 Big FM called "Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor on 92.7 Big FM". It's a daily show that features nationally on the radio networks covering all Hindi speaking radio stations across the country. He recreates the magic of the Golden era with unforgettable melodies of that era and untold stories of the stars and films of the Hindi Cinema. The show comes with the tagline "Filmy Duniya Ki Kahi Ankahi Kahaniya".

Personal life[edit]

Kapoor's entire family is associated with art and patriotism. His mother, Kamal Shabnam Kapoor, was a poet, teacher and scholar of Urdu, Arabic and Persian; few people with her background (a Bengali Brahmin family) have mastered those three languages. Kamal was also fluent in Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Marwadi and several other languages.[citation needed] Kapoor has promoted India's positive aspects in his programmes. Kapoor's sister Seema Kapoor, was married to actor Om Puri. [9] [10]

His elder brother, Ranjit, is a director and screenwriter and his sister, Seema, is a producer and actor. Kapoor's younger brother, Nikhil, is a writer and lyricist. Annu has four children (three sons— Kavan, Maahir and Evaan—and a daughter, Aradhita) from two marriages. His wife, Anupama, is American by birth.

He change his name from Anil Kapoor to Annu Kapoor to avoid confusion with the hero of the film Anil Kapoor, while acting in Tezaab .[1][2][3][4]


Kapoor has directed several plays. He also directed a feature film Abhay (The Fearless), starring Nana Patekar, Moon Sen and Benjamin Gilani) for the Children's Film Society, India. The film won the 1994 National Film Award for Best Children's Film.


Kapoor produced a musical talent contest for children (Aao Jhoomein Gaayen for SAB TV) and a Bengali-language musical talent-hunt show, Gaan Gaao Taaka Naao on Rupashi Bangla TV in Kolkata. He also produced a musical in Mathura entitled Ek Sunhari Shyam.


Award Category Film
V. Shantaram Best Director Abhay (The Fearless)[11]
42nd National Film Awards Best Children's Film
58th Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Vicky Donor[11]
60th National Film Awards Best Supporting Actor [12]
Colors Screen Awards Best Comedian
Star Guild Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Actor in a Comic Role
Times of India Film Awards Best Supporting Actor
14th IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actor


Film Year Role Notes
Mangal Ho 2018 Gyanii Jail Singh
Missing 2018 Inspector Buddhu
Home 2018 Mr. Sethi web series streaming on ALT Balaji
Ba Baa Black Sheep 2018 Brian Morris/Santa Claus
The Fakir of Venice (film) 2017 Sattar
Jolly LLB 2 2017 Adv. Pramod Mathur
Saat Uchakkey 2016
Dharam Sankat Mein 2015 Adv. Nawab Mehmood Shah
Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho 2015 Sualaal Gandass
Shaukeen 2014
Saat Uchakkey 2014
Kisi Ne Titli Ko Dekha Hai Kya 2014
Jai Ho Democracy 2014
Muavza 2014 Bechu Bhai Muavza
Badlapur Boys 2014
Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho 2014
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 2013 Sir Yograj Khanna
Vicky Donor 2012 Dr. Baldev Chaddha Screen Award for Best Comedian
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
TOIFA Award 2013 for Best Supporting Actor
Gali Gali Chor Hai 2012
7 Khoon Maaf 2011 Inspector Keemat Lal
The Fakir of Venice 2008 Sattar
Aitraaz 2004 Barrister Ram Chauthrani
Raincoat 2004 Landlord
Kuch To Gadbad Hai 2004 Justice Balwant Khanna
Om Jai Jagadish 2002 KK
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin 2002 Munnu Mobile
Tune Mera Dil Le Liyaa 2000 K.K.'s assistant
Arjun Pandit 1999 Imran
Kachche Dhaage 1999
Udaan 1997 Anand Lagpade
Vijeta 1996 Constable Chamanlal
Kala Pani 1996 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar Malayalam Film
Anokha Andaaz 1995
Jawab 1995
Drohkaal 1994 Surinder
Darr 1993 Vikram "Vicky" Oberoi
Gardish 1993 Manishbhai Harishbhai
Waqt Hamara Hai 1993 Cafeteria supervisor
Sardar 1993 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Dil Ki Baazi 1993 Bihari Daulatram's cook
Shreemaan Aashique 1993 Masterji (song "Is Se Jyada Dukh Na Koi")
Muskurahat 1992 Jaggan
Paayal 1992 Pardesi
Jeena Marna Tere Sang 1992
Ranbhoomi 1991 Stationmaster
Vishnu-Devaa 1991 Petty thief
Hum 1991 Havaldar Arjun Singh
Jamai Raja 1991 Paltu/I.C. Mishra
Yodha 1991 Umeed Singh
Ghayal 1990 Drunkard
Aawaz De Kahan Hai 1990 Hariya (AKA Harry)
Pyasi Nigahen 1990 Susheel
Veeru Dada 1990 Ibrahim Gharewali
Zakhmi Zameen 1990 Madhav
ChaalBaaz 1989 Daya Tribhuvan's servant
Elaan-E-Jung 1989
Dost 1989 Forest officer
Aakhri Gulam 1989
Main Azaad Hoon 1989 Munna
Ram Lakhan 1989 Shiv Charan Mathur
The Perfect Murder 1988 Tiny man
Gunahon Ka Faisla 1988 Dinu
Khoon Bahaa Ganga Mein 1988
Tezaab 1988 Abbas Ali Guldasta
Diljalaa 1987 Fakir Baba
Mr. India 1987 Mr. Gaitonde (editor)
Susman 1987 Lakshmaya
Chameli Ki Shaadi 1986 Chhadami Lal
Ek Ruka Hua Faisla 1986 Juror #9
Arjun 1985 Babu Ram
Damul 1985 Sanjeevan
Utsav 1984 Masseur Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
Khandhar 1984 Anil
Mashaal 1984 Nagesh
Betaab 1983 Chelaram
Mandi 1983

Programme Notes
Khari-Khari Rajendra Bhatia
Darpan (two stories) Basu Chatterji
Phatichar Dr Quack
Kabir Anil Chaudry
Satya Ray Presents (one story) Satyajit Ray
Param Vir Chakra Chetan Anand
Quile Ka Rahasya Seema Kapoor
Close Up Antakshari Gajendra Singh
Chekhov Ki Duniya (one story) Ranjit Kapoor
Idea Jalsa By Durga Jasraj
Wheel Smart Shrimati For Doordarshan
Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka Gajendra Singh
Ek Se Badkar Ek Chota Packet
Bada Dhamaka Ki Funshala
Golden Era With Annu Kapoor Mastiii
Itihaas Gavah Hai(Voice Over) News24
Show Radio Station Name
Suhaana Safar With Annu Kapoor 92.7 Big FM


Parsi theatre
  • Laila Majnu
  • Harischandra
  • Shirin-Farhad
  • Bhakta Prahlad
  • Shree Krishna Avtar
  • Dahi Wali
  • Qatl-e-Tamizan
Modern plays

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