Kunal Kapoor

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For Kunal, the son of Shashi Kapoor, see Kunal Kapoor (Kapoor family). For the Indian cricketer, see Kunal Kapoor (cricketer).
Kunal Kapoor
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Born (1977-10-18) 18 October 1977 (age 38)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Naina Bachchan (m. 2015)

Kunal Kapoor[1] (born in Mumbai, India) is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi cinema.

Early life[edit]

Kapoor was born in Mumbai to a Punjabi family whose origins are in Amritsar. In February 2015, he married Naina Bachchan, a niece of Amitabh Bachchan, at a private family ceremony in the Seychelles.[2]


Kapoor trained for an acting career under Barry John, and became a part of Motley, a theatre group run by Naseerudin Shah.[3] He began his career as an assistant director of Aks, which starred Manoj Bajpayee and in which Amitabh Bachchan played a major character role, but eventually moved on to be a movie actor.

Kapoor made his movie debut as the male lead opposite Tabu in Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2006) which was helmed by legendary painter MF Hussain. His next film was the 'groundbreaking' Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti (2006), which made him an overnight heartthrob, and Kapoor received a nomination in the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award category (2006). The film was successful both critically and commercially, and it was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2007 BAFTA Awards.[4]

Kapoor subsequently got signed by the prestigious Yash Raj Films (YRF) studio for a three film contract. And appeared in films like Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), Aaja Nachle (2007) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). After this, Kapoor took a break for two years, and appeared next in Rahul Dholakia's Lamhaa (2010) starring Sanjay Dutt, the film didn't do well but Kunal received accolades for his performance as a young Kashmiri politician. That same year (2010), Kapoor voiced the Indian God Rama in Mahayoddha Rama, an animation film made by Raizada Rohit Jaising Vaid.[5] In 2011, he appeared in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Don 2, where his performance was appreciated.[6]

In 2012, Kapoor played the lead role in Sameer Sharma's light-hearted comedy film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. The film received great reviews and was hailed by the critics as being amongst the ten best films of the year. The New York Times reviewed it favourably and called Kapoor the Indian Matthew McCoughnahay.[7] In 2014, he appeared in the off-beat comedy film Kaun kitne paani mein.

Kapoor's forthcoming projects include a film by Anurag Kashyap, where he will play Doga, a popular superhero who features in Raj Comics. He will also appear in Chamkila, a biography of controversial Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila for which he will begin filming in early 2013.[8]

He has endorsed popular brands like Thums Up, Indian Terrain, Ray-Ban, Mahindra Logan and Save the Children charity along with Gwyneth Paltrow.

He is also a trained pilot, and rally car driver. In 2014, he started training for the Formula Three. He also co founded the most popular crowdfunding platform called Ketto, which raises money for social causes. To date, the platform has raised close to 100 million rupees.

In 2009, Kapoor started writing weekly columns for HT City, the lifestyle supplement of the Hindustan Times. These columns ended in November 2009 but still appear online on the social network Desimartini.[9] In 2016, he signed up Jayaraj's Veeram which is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, will mark his Malayalam debut.


  • 2006: Star's Sabsey Favourite Naya Hero[10]
  • 2007: Stardust Breakthrough Performance, Male[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities Kameshwar Mathur
2006 Rang De Basanti Aslam / Ashfaqulla Khan Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
2007 Hattrick Saby aka Sarbjeet Singh
2007 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Vivaan Varma
2007 Aaja Nachle Imran Pathan
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno Joginder Ahluwalia
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur Bansi Ram
2010 Lamhaa Aatif
2011 Don 2 Sameer Ali
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Omi Khurana
2015 Kaun Kitne Paani Mein Raj Singhdeo
2016 Dear Zindagi Post-production
2016 Veeram Chandu Chekavar Trilingual, filming

Assistant director[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2001 Aks Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hindi: कुणाल कपूर.
  2. ^ "Kunal Kapoor weds Amitabh Bachchan's niece". ABP News. 11 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Paitandy, Priyadarshini (7 June 2008). "Cool Kunal". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "'Rang De Basanti' loses at BAFTA awards". The Hindu. Press Trust of India. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  5. ^ Reddy, Sujata (4 August 2008). "Ramayana returns". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  6. ^ Don 2 review; critics reviews of Don 2 movie
  7. ^ NY Times Movie Review
  8. ^ "Tales from Kunal's script". The Times of India. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Kunal Kapoor columns". Desimartini. Retrieved 24 October 2008. 
  10. ^ Gupta, Pratim D. (9 May 2006). "Pop poll of the star-struck". The Telegraph. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  11. ^ Shah, Diti; Navgire, Moses (26 February 2007). "Mumbai hosts Max Stardust awards". Tonight. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 

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