Boney Kapoor

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Boney Kapoor
Boney Kapoor (10) (cropped).jpg
Kapoor in 2012
Born Achal Kapoor
(1955-11-11) 11 November 1955 (age 62)[1][2]
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film producer
Spouse(s)
Children 4 (including Arjun Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor)
Parent(s) Surinder Kapoor
Nirmal Kapoor
Relatives See Kapoor family

Boney Kapoor (born Achal Kapoor, 11 November 1955[1]) is an Indian film producer who has produced numerous Bollywood films like Mr. India, No Entry, Judaai and Wanted to his credit. He was married to actress Sridevi until her death in 2018. He is the elder brother of actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor and father of actor Arjun Kapoor.

Personal life[edit]

Boney Kapoor was born in 1955, the son of the late Surinder Kapoor who was a Bollywood film producer. His brothers (Anil and Sanjay) are actors and producers.

Kapoor was married to Mona Shourie in 1983 and the couple have two children, Arjun Kapoor (born 1985) and Anshula (born in 1987). Arjun made his acting debut in the 2012 movie Ishaqzaade while Anshula graduated from Barnard College.[4]

Boney married Indian actress Sridevi on 2 June 1996. The couple had two daughters, Janhvi Kapoor (born March 6, 1997)[5] and Khushi (born November 5, 2000).[6] On 24 February 2018, Sridevi died[7] in Dubai after drowning in her hotel bath tub.

Career as producer[edit]

Boney Kapoor started his career working under legends like Shakti Samanta. The most famous film produced by him remains the Shekhar Kapur directed sci-fi film Mr India starring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi. It was the second biggest hit of 1987 and remains a cult classic in India. The film was known for several of its lines and songs, including Sridevi's "Miss Hawa Hawaii" performance and Amrish Puri's quote "Mogambo khush hua" (Mogambo is pleased), which is one of the most famous quotes of Bollywood and has become synonymous with Puri.[8] The Mogambo character is considered to be one of the best villains in Bollywood history.[8]

Laxmikant-Pyarelal's music performed well too, especially the song "Hawa Hawaii" which is very popular till today. Mr India has often been featured in lists of top Bollywood films. Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.[9] This was the last film that the duo Salim-Javed wrote together. They had split up earlier in 1982, but came back for one last film. It was remade in Tamil as En Rathathin Rathame, starring K. Bhagyaraj.[10] in Kannada as Jai Karnataka, starring Ambareesh. On the centenary of Indian cinema, Mr. India has been declared one of the 100 Greatest Indian Films of All Time.[11] Described by Rediff as "one of the most iconic films of its time",[12] it became one of the highest grossing hits of 1987.[13] and also found a place in Hindustan Times list of 'Top 10 Patriotic Films of Hindi Cinema'.[14]

His other early productions include Hum Paanch which played a key role in establishing actors like Mithun Chakraborty and Amrish Puri in Bollywood. Boney Kapoor also launched many big stars of the Hindi film industry. His production Woh Saat Din launched brother Anil Kapoor, Prem launched younger brother Sanjay Kapoor and Tabu, and Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe launched actress Esha Deol. He is considered one of the most lavish producers of Bollywood who produced one of the most expensive films in the history of Hindi cinema: Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja in 1993. In 1997, he produced the box office hit Judaai starring Sridevi, Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar.

Boney Kapoor was managing Anil's career well until 1999 and in 2000 he produced Pukar starring Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Namrata Shirodkar, Danny Denzongpa and Om Puri. The film was critically acclaimed and a moderate success at the box office.[15] It won two National Film Awards, including the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration and the National Film Award for Best Actor for Anil Kapoor's performance.

In 2002, he produced Company directed by Ram Gopal Varma starring Ajay Devgan, Mohanlal, Manisha Koirala, Vivek Oberoi, and Antara Mali. It is a fictional exposé of the Mumbai underworld, loosely based on the Indian mafia organisation D-Company, known to be run by Dawood Ibrahim. The film received positive reviews from critics as well as audience and won six out of the eleven awards it was nominated for at the Filmfare Awards. The film received critical acclaim at the 2004 Austin Film Festival and New York Asian Film Festival.[16]

It is the second film in the Gangster series and a sequel to the film Satya. It was followed by a sequel, D. Film critic Rajeev Masand has labelled it (along with its prequel Satya) one of the "most influential movies of the past ten years."[17] Company marked the introduction of a new genre of film making, a variation of film noir[18] that has been called Mumbai noir, of which he is the acknowledged master.[19]

His 2004 film Run starring Abhishek Bachchan was a box office failure.[20] Following this the comedy No Entry produced by him became Bollywood's biggest hit of 2005. It gained a lot of popularity grossing Rs. 430,000,000.[21]

In 2009, Boney Kapoor produced Wanted starring Salman Khan. The film broke many records at the box office upon release, due to Khan's comeback. Wanted was the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2009.[22] It had an excellent opening, grossing Rs. 440 million in the first week.[23] It shattered records in Pakistan, grossing over Rs. 1750 million in its first weekend, which was a record for any Indian film.[24] It grossed Rs. 1012.5 million in India and Rs. 260.6 million overseas.[25][26][27]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film
1980 Hum Paanch
1983 Woh Saat Din
1987 Mr. India
1992 Raat
1992 Drohi
1993 Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja
1995 Prem
1996 Loafer
1997 Judaai
1999 Sirf Tum
2000 Pukar
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai
2002 Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe
2002 Company
2002 Shakti
2003 Khushi
2004 Run
2004 Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na
2005 Bewafaa
2005 No Entry
2009 Wanted
2010 Milenge Milenge
2015 Tevar
2017 Mom
2019 Thala 59

References[edit]

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