Rajit Kapur

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Rajit Kapur
Kapur in 2011
Kapur in 2011
Born (1960-05-22) 22 May 1960 (age 62)
NationalityIndian
Alma materSydenham College
OccupationActor, director, writer, producer
Known forByomkesh Bakshi, The Making of the Mahatma, Agnisakshi, Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda

Rajit Kapur is an Indian film and theatre actor and director. He is known for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the 1996 film,[1] The Making of the Mahatma for which he won the National Film Award for Best Actor. Other notable roles are as the protagonist Unni in the Malayalam film Agnisakshi, and the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi[2] in the eponymous television series, directed by Basu Chatterjee and broadcast on Doordarshan. His debut film was Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992), directed by Shyam Benegal.

Career[edit]

Rajit Kapur played the role of the famous Bengali detective Byomkesh Bakshi in the eponymously named TV series, Byomkesh Bakshi (1993). Byomkesh Bakshi is a fictitious character created by the popular Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. Basu Chatterjee directed a TV show based on the stories of Bandyopadhyay, and Rajit Kapur played the lead role. The show was very popular and Rajit Kapur achieved his first media recognition through this show. Kapur is also a very prominent theatre actor and director in India. He acted in Malayalam film Agnisakshi in 1999 which won numerous acclodes including National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam, and he was awarded Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor. He has also acted in several commercially successful movies like Kick, Uri: The Surgical Strike, and Raazi. His latest work is The Threshold.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1992 Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda Manik Mulla Shyam Benegal
1994 Mammo Riyaz (Adult) Shyam Benegal First film in "Shyam Benegal's Muslim Trilogy"
Charachar Lakhinder Buddhadeb Dasgupta
1995 Limited Manuski Sadanand Borse Jayoo Patwardhan

Nachiket Patwardhan

Marathi film
1996 The Making of the Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Shyam Benegal Won National Film Award for Best Actor
Sardari Begum Sadiq Moosvi Shyam Benegal Second film in "Shyam Benegal's Muslim Trilogy"
1998 Train to Pakistan Iqbal Pamela Rooks
Ghulam Jai Vikram Bhatt
1999 Samar Shyam Benegal
Agnisakshi Unni Shyamaprasad Malayalam film, Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor
2000 Hari-Bhari Khurshid Shyam Benegal
2001 Dattak Sunil Gul Bahar Singh
Censor Dev Anand
Zubeidaa Riyaz Masud Shyam Benegal Third film in "Shyam Benegal's Muslim Trilogy"
2002 Octave Dr. Gujaral Shaji N. Karun
Nishad Dr. Gopi Gujaral Shaji N. Karun
Zindagi Khoobsoorat Hai Prakash Manoj Punj
Abaidha Gul Bahar Singh Bengali film
2003 Ek Alag Mausam George K.P. Sasi
2004 Rok Sako To Rok Lo Sweety's husband Arindam Chaudhuri
2005 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero Abid Hasan Shyam Benegal
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara Ronu Chaudhary Jahnu Barua
2006 Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante Dr. Viren Goenka Tanveer Khan
2007 Dahek - A Restless Mind Ajay Mathur Aroop Adhikari
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur Collector Shyam Benegal
2009 Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish Debu Deepti Naval Premiered at 2009 Cannes Film Festival

Direct-to-video

Yeh Mera India Arun Talreja N. Chandra
Blue Oranges Nilesh Rajesh Ganguly
Morning Walk Indra Arup Dutta
Marega Salaa Rahul Awasthi Devang Dholakia
2010 Guzaarish Public Prosecutor, Vipin Patel Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Well Done Abba Inspector Rishab Reddy Shyam Benegal
2011 Shaitan Amy's Father Bejoy Nambiar
Dam 999 Shankaran Sohan roy UAE–Indian co-production film
Monica Raj Jaitley Sushen Bhatnagar
2013 Singh Saab the Great Iqbal Anil Sharma
Mishawr Rawhoshyo Al Mamun Srijit Mukherji Bengali film
2014 Dishkiyaoon Viki's Dad Sanamjit Singhalwar
Kick Dr. Jayant Verma Sajid Nadiadwala
2015 Uvaa Principal Jasbir Bhaati
Roy Detective Wadia Vikramjit Singh
2016 Anna: Kisan Baburao Hazare Shashank Udapurkara
Baar Baar Dekho Panditji Nitya Mehra Special appearance
Ki & Ka Mr. Kumar Bansal R. Balki
2017 A Gentleman Kavya's father Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
The Wishing Tree Fatima's Father Manika Sharma
Begum Jaan Ilias Khan Srijit Mukherji
2018 Raazi Hidayat Khan Meghna Gulzar
Phir Se... Krish Kunal KohliAjay Bhuyan
Mehram Ikhlaque Siddiqui Zain Anwar Short film released on ZEE5[4]
2019 Bypass Road Pratap Naman Nitin Mukesh [5]
22 Yards Mitali Ghoshal
Uri: The Surgical Strike Prime Minister of India Aditya Dhar
2020 Fitrat Taher Ali Baig Short film[6]
2021 Nail Polish Judge Kishore Bhushan Bugs Bhargava Krishna A legal thriller, a ZEE5 originals film
TBD Life's Good TBA Anant Mahadevan
2022 Rocketry: The Nambi Effect Vikram Sarabhai Madhavan A biographical drama film.[7][8]
Untitled film TBA Ribhu Dasgupta Filming[9]

Plays[edit]

  • Love Letters
  • Class of '84
  • Larins Sahib
  • Are There Tigers in the Congo?
  • Mr. Behram
  • Six Degrees of Separation
  • Pune Highway
  • Me Kash and Cruise
  • Flowers
  • A Walk In The Woods
  • One on One Part 2
  • The Siddhus of Upper Juhu
  • Mahua (as director)

Television series[edit]

Year(s) Title Credited as Notes
Actor Director Role
1986 Ghar Jamai Yes
1991 Kshitij Ye Nahi Yes
1993 Byomkesh Bakshi Yes Byomkesh Bakshi Season 1
1995-96 Yugantar Yes
1997-98 Junoon Yes
1997 Byomkesh Bakshi Yes Byomkesh Bakshi Season 2
1999 Star Bestsellers Yes Yes Episode entitled "Tripti". Also, writer and producer.
1999 Star Bestsellers Yes Episode 12 – "Prayas"
1999 Star Bestsellers Yes Yes Episode 8 – "Shuruaat". Also, producer.
2001 Rishtey – The Love Stories Yes Shastri Episode 158 – "Poorab Aur Pashchim"
2014 Samvidhaan Yes Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer
2015 Bang Baaja Baaraat Yes Web series
2019 Bard of Blood Yes Sadiq Shaikh Netflix series
2019 TVF Tripling Yes Satyanweshi Season 2 of the web series
2022 Rocket Boys Yes Jawaharlal Nehru SonyLIV

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Academy, Himalayan. "Hinduism Today Magazine". www.hinduismtoday.com. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ Kapur, Rajit. "Even now people call Rajit Kapur Byomkesh Bakshi". GQ India. GQ. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Koimoi Recommends The Threshold: Neena Gupta - Rajit Kapoor Starrer Talks About The Moment A Woman Walks Out & The Male Privilege Crashes". Koimoi. 10 March 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Mehram actor Farida Jalal: Today's films lack soul". The Indian Express. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  5. ^ "'Bypass Road': Neil Nitin Mukesh is all praise for senior actor Rajit Kapur - Movies to look forward to". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "FITRAT BY TAHER ALI BAIG". 9 April 2020.
  7. ^ Scroll Staff. "'Rocketry – The Nambi Effect' teaser: Madhavan presents scientist Nambi Narayanan's story". Scroll.in.
  8. ^ "R. Madhavan: 95 per cent of Indians don't know about Nambi Narayanan, which I think is a crime". 1 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Parineeti Chopra and Harrdy Sandhu quietly begin shooting for Ribhu Dasgupta's action thriller in Turkey". Bollywood Hungama. 21 April 2021. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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