Kunal Raj Kapoor
|Born||18 October 1977|
Kapoor was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) on 18 October 1977. His father, Rajkishore Kapoor was in the construction business and his mother, Kanan is a singer and homemaker. His parents are originally from Amritsar, Punjab. He is the youngest of three children, with two sisters Geeta and Reshma. In February 2015, he married Naina Bachchan, niece of Amitabh Bachchan, in a private family ceremony in Seychelles.
Kapoor trained for an acting career under Barry John, and became a part of Motley, a theatre group run by acting legend Naseeruddin Shah. He began his career as an assistant director of Aks, which starred Manoj Bajpayee and in which Amitabh Bachchan played a major character.
Kapoor made his movie debut as the male lead opposite Tabu in Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2005) which was helmed by painter MF Hussain. His next film was the Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti (2006), for which he received a nomination in the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award category. The film was successful both critically and commercially, and it was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2007 BAFTA Awards.
Yash Raj Films (YRF) studio subsequently signed Kapoor for a three-film contract. He 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 then appeared in national award winner Rahul Dholakia's Lamhaa (2010) starring Sanjay Dutt. The film didn't do well but Kapoor received accolades for his performance as a young Kashmiri politician. Critics hailed it as "One of the most powerful performances of the year". That same year, Kapoor voiced the Indian God Rama in Mahayoddha Rama, an animation film made by Raizada Rohit Jaising Vaid. In 2011, he appeared in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Don 2, where his performance was appreciated.
In 2012, Kapoor played the lead role in Sameer Sharma's light-hearted comedy film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana which he co-wrote. The film received positive reviews and was hailed by critics as being amongst the ten best films of the year. The New York Times reviewed it favourably and called Kapoor the Indian Matthew McConaughey. In 2014, he appeared in the off-beat comedy film Kaun Kitne Paani Mein.
Kapoor's next films to release were the epic action trilingual film, Veeram, directed by National Award winner Jayaraj, Gauri Shinde's next and Tigmanshu Dhulia's war drama Raagdesh based on the Indian National Army trials. In 2017, he started filming for one of the most expensive Indian movies; Gold. The film, based on the first Indian hockey team to win a Gold at the Olympics, saw him pairing up with Akshay Kumar for the first time. It was released on 15 August 2018.
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.
He is a trained pilot, and rally car driver. In 2014, he started training for the Formula Three. He co-founded Asia's largest crowdfunding platform called Ketto, which raises money for social and individual causes. To date, the platform has raised close to one billion rupees.
He is also known for his style and has been voted amongst the most stylish men in the country. Recently he was on GQ's list of the top ten stylish men in the country.
- 2006: Star's Sabsey Favourite Naya Hero
- 2007: Stardust Breakthrough Performance, Male
- 2017 - Asiavision Awards - Outstanding performance - Veeram
- 2018 - Toronto international South Asian film awards - Special jury award - Veeram
|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|
|2011||Don 2||Sameer Ali|
|2012||Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana||Omi Khurana|
|2015||Kaun Kitne Paani Mein||Raj Singhdeo|
|2017||Veeram||Chandu Chekavar||Malayalam film|
|2017||Raag Desh||General Shahnawaz|
|2020||Don 3||Sameer Ali|
|2001||Aks||Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra|
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