Kapoor in 2012
22 April 1955 |
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Relatives||See Kapoor family|
Boney Kapoor (born Achal Kapoor on 22 April 1955) is an Indian film producer. He is one of the largest producers in Bollywood with blockbusters like Mr. India, No Entry, Judaai and Wanted to his credit. He is the elder brother of the famous Bollywood actor, Anil Kapoor.
Early years and personal life
Kapoor was born on 11 November 1955 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is the son of the late Surinder Kapoor who was a Bollywood film producer. Boney's brothers (Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor) are actors and producers.
Boney was married to Mona Shourie Kapoor with whom he has two children, Arjun Kapoor and Anshula. Arjun made a dashing debut in the 2012 hit Ishaqzaade while Anshula currently works with Google after graduating from Barnard College. Boney married Indian actress Sridevi on 2 June 1996. The couple have two daughters, Janhvi and Khushi.
Career as producer
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 blockbuster Mr India starring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi. The film 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. The Mogambo character is also considered to be one of the best villains in Bollywood history. Laxmikant-Pyarelal's music performed well too, especially the song Hawa Hawaii which is very popular till today. The film has often been featured in different lists of top Bollywood films. Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films. This was the last film that the writing duo Salim-Javed wrote together. They had split up earlier in 1982, but came back for one last film. The film was also remade in Tamil as En Rathathin Rathame, starring K. Bhagyaraj. 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. Described by Rediff as "one of the most iconic films of its time", it became one of the highest grossing hits of the year and also found a place in Hindustan Times list of 'Top 10 Patriotic Films of Hindi Cinema'.
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 also 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. 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 was a blockbuster and got critical acclaim at the 2004 Austin Film Festival and New York Asian Film Festival It is the second film in the Gangster (film series) and a sequel to the blockbuster 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." The film marked the introduction of a new genre of film making, a variation of film noir that has been called Mumbai noir, of which he is the acknowledged master.
His 2004 film Run starring Abhishek Bachchan went on to become a box office hit. Following this the comedy No Entry produced by him became Bollywood's biggest hit of 2005. The film gained a lot of popularity grossing Rs. 430,000,000.
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 also the 2nd highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year 2009. Wanted had an excellent opening, grossing Rs. 440 million in the first week. It shattered records in Pakistan, grossing over Rs. 1750 million in its first weekend, which was a record for any Indian film. It grossed Rs. 1012.5 million in India and Rs. 260.6 million overseas. The film was elevated to "Blockbuster" verdict.
A sequel to No Entry called No Entry Mein Entry is in the works, with the original male cast of Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor and Fardeen Khan all rumoured to be playing double roles. In February 2012, it was announced that producer Boney Kapoor is planning a sequel to Mr. India. In March 2012, reports gave out that the film will be titled Mr. India 2 and features Anil Kapoor and Sridevi reprising their roles from the original film. Boney Kapoor also announced that Salman Khan and Arjun Kapoor had also joined the cast in negative roles. Mr. India 2 is to be shot in 3D. Filming has not yet begun, and as of March 2013, is in the scripting stage. Plans of a Hindi remake of the Telugu hit Okkadu starring Arjun Kapoor are also in the pipeline.
|1988||Star & Style Best Film Award for||Mr. India||Yes|
|2000||Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration||Pukar||Yes|
|2009||Lifetime Achievement Award – Cairo International Film Festival||For all his Work||Yes|
|2013||Producer of the Millennium Honour – TSR-TV9 Film Awards||For All His Work||Yes|
|1983||Woh 7 Din||Yes|
|1993||Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja||Yes|
|2000||Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai||Yes|
|2002||Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe||Yes|
|2004||Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na||Yes|
|2012||It's My Life||Yes|
|2015||No Entry Mein Entry||Yes|
|2016||Mr. India 2||Yes|
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