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Kunal Kapoor (actor)

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Kunal Kapoor
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Kunal Kapoor (2nd from right) with sister Sanjana Kapoor, daughter Shaira Laura Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan, in 2015
Born (1959-06-26) 26 June 1959 (age 59)
OccupationActor, ad film producer and director
Parent(s)Shashi Kapoor[1]
Jennifer Kendal
RelativesSee Kapoor Family

Kunal Kapoor (born 26 June 1959),[2] son of the late actors Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal, is an Indian film actor who made his debut with the 1972 English-language film Siddhartha, later acted in Shyam Benegal's Junoon and in his first mainstream Bollywood film, Ahista, opposite Padmini Kolhapure as well as Vijeta. He also acted in the art films Utsav (1984) and Trikal (1985).[3]

In 1987, he stopped acting after Trikal to set up his own company, Adfilm-Valas, to producing and direct television commercials. Adfilm Valas has also line-produced for many international feature films and ad films shot in India. Notably, the credit sequence of the film City of Joy, and the French films Le Cactus (2005) and Fire in Paradise.

In 2015, he returned to films after 30 years, appearing in Singh is Bling as Amy Jackson's father.

Personal life[edit]

Kunal Kapoor was born into the famous first family of Bollywood, the Kapoor family, the eldest child of Shashi Kapoor and his British theater-actress wife Jennifer Kapoor. His paternal grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor, was a doyen of the theatre, a pioneer of the Indian film industry and the progenitor of the famous Kapoor family. His maternal grandfather, Geoffrey Kendal, was a British theatre personality. Kapoor's mother, Jennifer, died of cancer in 1984, while his father, Shashi Kapoor, died in December 2017.[citation needed]

Kapoor's siblings are Karan Kapoor (b. 18 January 1962) and Sanjana Kapoor (b. 27 November 1967). Karan, a popular model who also worked in a few films in the 1980s, now runs a photography business in the UK. Sanjana Kapoor runs the ancestral Prithvi Theatre and is married to Valmik Thapar, a noted conservationist.

Kunal was married to filmmaker Ramesh Sippy's daughter Sheena, who is a well-known photographer. They had two children together, a son named Zahan Prithviraj Kapoor, and a daughter named Shaira Kapoor. Kunal and Sheena are now divorced.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1972 Siddhartha Siddhartha's son English film
1978 Junoon
1981 Ahista Ahista Kunal
1982 Vijeta Angad
1984 Utsav Aryak
1985 Trikal Kapitan Ribeiro/ Governor
2015 Singh is Bling Amy Jackson's father

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kunal Kapoor returns to acting". The Indian Express. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  2. ^ Meet the Shashi Kapoor no one knew, Rediff
  3. ^ "Kunal Kapoor returns to acting". The Indian Express. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  4. ^ Meet the Kapoors, Network 18.

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