Rajat Kapoor

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Rajat Kapoor
Rajat Kapoor.jpg
Kapoor at an event in 2011
Born (1961-02-11) February 11, 1961 (age 60)
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter, writer
Known forKapoor & Sons (2016 film), Drishyam (2015 film)
Meenal Agrawal
(m. 1996)

Rajat Kapoor (Hindi: रजत कपूर) (born February 11, 1961) is an Indian actor, writer, screenwriter and film director. Kapoor was born in Delhi, India. As a child, he would watch films with his family and decided to become a filmmaker at the age of 14. He mainly focused on acting at first. In 2013 he joined the theatre group Chingari in Delhi, later moving to Pune to attend the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).[2]


Kapoor started out in Parallel Cinema making his debut in the 1989 Kumar Shahani film Khayal Gatha. When he had trouble finding acting jobs in the 1990s, Kapoor began writing and directing shorts. He made his full-length directorial debut with Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One (1997), which had Irrfan Khan and Naseeruddin Shah in minor roles. In 2001, Kapoor got his big mainstream break-in Dil Chahta Hai, which starred Aamir Khan, as uncle of Preity Zinta's character. He received international attention in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding in which he played an abusive uncle. Since then, he has written, directed, and appeared in many critically acclaimed films including Corporate, Bheja Fry, and also as Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a UK television film The Last Days of the Raj in 2007. In 2003, he wrote and directed the independent film Raghu Romeo which he financed by sending e-mail requests for money to his friends. Although it was not a box office success, the film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Kapoor then directed and starred in Mixed Doubles, a film that deals with Swinging in contemporary Mumbai.[2] In 2008 he directed a Sleeper hit called Mithya. Many international critics call it one of the greatest Black Comedy of all times, a rarely explored genre. He was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor for Siddharth: The Prisoner at the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In the year 2010, he has also starred in a Bengali movie Iti Mrinalini opposite Konkona Sen directed by acclaimed Bengali film writer Aparna Sen. Kapoor frequently collaborates with actors Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey.

Apart from films, Kapoor hosts the tri-weekly chat show Lounge telecasted by NDTV Good Times.[3] He also worked in television shows, including Rishtey which was aired on Zee TV in the episode 'Milan'.[4] Tired of pitching his stories to investors, Kapoor reached out to his friend Chet Jainn, founder of the crowdfunding platform goCrowdera.com to raise initial seed fund for his next film called "RkRkay".[5][6][7][8] The "RkRkay" crowdfunding campaign went on to successfully raise over ₹35,00,000.[9]

'Kadakh' which is directed by Rajat Kapoor is a brilliant dark comedy which leaves the audiences glued to the screens.[10] Rajat Kapoor also shines as a director.

He has worked in Scam 1992 as an investigating officer.

Personal life[edit]

Kapoor married Meenal Agarwal, a photographer-production designer in 1996[11] and has two children, a daughter Rabia and a son Vivan.[2] He did his schooling in Happy school Daryaganj Padam Chand Marg.[citation needed]

Awards & Recognition[edit]

Kapoor is a three time National Award winner, first for his 26-minute non-feature documentary, Tarana, then for his short, Hypnothesis, and after that for Raghu Romeo in Best Feature Film in Hindi section.[12]


Year Film Functioned As Notes
Director Producer Screenwriter Actor Role
1989 Khayal Gatha Yes Several characters Filmfare Award Best Film (Critics)
Premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival
1994 Tarana Yes

Short National award- swarna kaamal, for the best short film-

also won the national award for the best cinematography

1996 Hypnothesis Yes National award for the best short fiction film
1997 Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One Yes Yes
2001 Dil Chahta Hai Yes Mahesh
2001 Monsoon Wedding Yes Tej Puri
2003 Raghu Romeo Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
Mudda: The Issue Yes Harphool Singh
2004 Tum Yes Vinod Gupta
2005 Dhadkanein Yes
Kisna: The Warrior Poet Yes Prince Raghuraj
Chehraa Yes
2006 Mixed Doubles Yes Yes Yes Vinod
Corporate Yes Vinay Sehgal
Yun Hota To Kya Hota Yes US Consulate Officer
Bombay Skies Yes Anand Short
Anuranan Yes Amit Bannerjee Made In Bengali & Hindi Language
2007 The Last Days of the Raj Yes Muhammad Ali Jinnah TV Movie
Bheja Fry Yes Ranjeet Thadani
Apna Asmaan Yes Dr. Sen
Hamlet: The Clown Prince Yes Play
Khoya Khoya Chand Yes Prem Kumar
2008 Mithya Yes Yes
Gateway To Hollywood[13] Judge Reality Show
Krazzy 4 Yes Ravi K. Sanyal
Via Darjeeling Yes Ronodeep 'Rono' Sen
Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na Yes Mahesh Pariyar (Meghna’s Father)
Hulla Yes Janardhan
Dasvidaniya Yes Rajiv Jhulka
2009 I M 24 Yes Shubendu Roy
Ek Tho Chance Yes
Siddharth: The Prisoner Yes Siddharth Roy
Teree Sang Yes Maahi's Father
Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi? Yes Yes Yes Rahul Kapoor
2010 Rann Yes Naveen Shankalya
That Girl in Yellow Boots Yes Man Who Steps Out of Elevator Premiered in South Asian International Film Festival 2010
Pappu Can't Dance Saala Yes Palash Premiered in South Asian International Film Festival 2010
...And Once Again Yes Rishi
Iti Mrinalini Yes Siddhartha Sarkar Made In Bengali Language
Phas Gaye Re Obama Yes Om Shastri
2011 Jo Dooba So Paar: It's Love In Bihar! Yes Superintendent of Police
Nothing Like Lear Yes Play
2012 Agent Vinod Yes ISI chief Lt-Gen Iftekhar Ahmed
Fatso! Yes Yes
The Owner Yes
10ml LOVE Yes Ghalib
Midnight's Children Yes Aadam Aziz
2013 Carpet Boy Yes Ehsaan Khan
2014 Ankhon Dekhi Yes Yes Yes Rishi Won – Star Screen Award for Best Story
Won - Filmfare award for Best Story
Won - Filmare Critics award for Best Film
2015 Drishyam Yes Mahesh Deshmukh, IGP Meera's Husband
X: Past Is Present Yes K
2016 Kapoor & Sons Yes Harsh Kapoor Nominated - Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor
Mantra Yes Kapil Kapoor
2017 Rat Race - Ek Andhi Daud Yes Akhil Short
2018 Pari Yes Professor Quasim Aali [14]
2018 Mulk Yes Danish Javed[15]
2019 Code M Yes Col Suryaveer Chauhan ALT Balaji web series
2020 Kadakh Yes Yes Yes Author Rahul

Television and Web (OTT) appearances[edit]

Year Name Language Character Platform
2020 Scam 1992 Hindi K Madhavan Sony Liv
2020 Shobdo Jobdo Bengali Sougata Hoichoi.tv
2020 Code M Hindi Col. Suryaveer Chauhan AltBalaji/Zee5
2017-2019 The Good Karma Hospital English Amit Nambeesan ITV
2014-2015 Everest Hindi Ramesh Rungta Star Plus
2005 C.I.D (two episodes only) Hindi Tanuj Sony TV
2000-2003 Gharwali Uparwali (one episode only) Hindi Advertising Agency Boss Star Plus
1999-2000 Gubbare HIndi Sharad Zee TV
1994-1998 Junoon Hindi Pappu Doordarshan


  1. ^ Jagan, Negi (25 February 2006). "Big on the small film". Telegraph portal. The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Big on the small film
  3. ^ "Lounge".
  4. ^ "MILAN". Rishtey Portal. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  5. ^ Pani, Priyanka. "A crowd-fund in need is a friend indeed!". @businessline. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  6. ^ "How crowdfunding has opened up new avenue of financing for filmmakers". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  7. ^ www.ETtech.com. "Actor-director Rajat Kapoor partners Crowdera to raise funds for upcoming movies - ETtech". ETtech.com. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Rajat Kapoor plans to make 'RK/R Kay' through crowdfunding". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  9. ^ "RK/R Kay - Crowd-Produced Feature Film by Rajat Kapoor by Mithya Talkies". GoCrowdera. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  10. ^ World, Republic. "Ranvir Shorey's 'Kadakh': Rajat Kapoor's direction & actors' performances win hearts". Republic World. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  11. ^ Nichola, Pais (19 December 2014). ""Marriage is meant to last" – Rajat Kapoor". FPJ Desk. Free Press Journal. Retrieved 18 March 2016.[dead link]
  12. ^ "Gateway- Rajat Kapoor".
  13. ^ "Sony Pix announces winner of Gateway". 13 May 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Pari new screamer: Anushka Sharma will scare the living daylights out of you". hindustantimes.com/. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Rishi Kapoor surprises fans with his new look for Mulq. Then shares 102 Not Out bonanza pic". hindustantimes.com/. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.

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