Kapoor in 2011
11 February 1961 |
|Occupation||Actor, film director, screenwriter|
Rajat Kapoor (Hindi: रजत कपूर) is an Indian actor, writer and director born in 1961. Kapoor was born in Delhi, India. As a teenager 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 1983 he joined the theatre group Chingari in Delhi, later moving to Pune to attend the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
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. He was 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. He is also 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.
Apart from films, Kapoor hosts the tri-weekly chat show Lounge telecasted by NDTV Good Times. He also worked in television shows, including Rishtey which was aired on Zee TV in the episode 'Milan'.
|1983||Mandi||Yes||He had a small role as the son of a politician in the film Mandi in 1983.|
|1989||Khayal Gatha||Yes||Several characters||Filmfare Award Best Film (Critics)
Premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival
|1997||Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One||Yes||Yes|
|2000||Tonight No Show||Yes||Short|
|2001||Must Tell Her... That I Love Her||Yes||Short|
|Jojo and the Chair||Yes||Short|
|Dil Chahta Hai||Yes||Mahesh|
|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|
|Kisna: The Warrior Poet||Yes||Prince Raghuraj|
|Yun Hota To Kya Hota||Yes||US Consulate Officer|
|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|
|Krazzy 4||Yes||Ravi K. Sanyal|
|Via Darjeeling||Yes||Ronodeep 'Rono' Sen|
|Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na||Yes||Mahesh – Meghna's Dad|
|2009||I Am 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|
|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||Hrishikesh Nag|
|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|
|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 2014
|2015||Drishyam||Yes||IG Meera Deshmukh's Husband|
|2016||Kapoor & Sons||Yes||Harsh Kapoor|
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- Big on the small film
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- "MILAN". Rishtey Portal. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
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- Anubha, Sawhney (6 May 2007). "I AM: RAJAT KAPOOR". The Times Group. The Times of India. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
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