Shakti Kapoor

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Shakti Kapoor
Shakti Kapoor.jpg
Born Sunil Sikanderlal Kapoor
(1952-09-03) 3 September 1952 (age 64)[1]
Delhi, India
Alma mater Kirori Mal College
Film and Television Institute of India
Occupation Actor, Comedian
Years active 1974–present
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Spouse(s) Shivangi Kapoor (m. 1982)[2]
Children Siddhanth Kapoor
Shraddha Kapoor
Relatives See Kapoor family

Shakti Kapoor (born as Sunil Sikanderlal Kapoor on 3 September 1952 )[1] is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. Known for his villainous and comic roles in Hindi films, he has featured in more than 700 films throughout his career.[3][4][3] In the 1980s and 1990s, Kapoor teamed up with actor Kader Khan as the comical or evil duo in over 100 films.[5] He was a contestant in the Indian reality show Bigg Boss.

Early life[edit]

Shakti Kapoor was born in Delhi, India to a Punjabi family. His father ran a tailor shop in Connaught Place, New Delhi. He thought the name Sunil Kapoor was too weak for a villain, so he changed his name to Shakti Kapoor.[6]


As a struggler in Bollywood, initially Shakti Kapoor did many small inconsequential roles in movies, all the while looking out for a suitable role as a leading man. The years 1980–81 established Shakti Kapoor as an actor in Bollywood with two of his movies Qurbani and Rocky. In 1983, Kapoor had roles in Himmatwala and the Subhash Ghai directed movie Hero. Kapoor had played villain roles in both these movies. In the nineties, he often diversified to positive comic roles and performed them with equal finesse.[citation needed] He has been nominated for the Filmfare Award in the Best Comedian category and won once, for his performance as Nandu in David Dhawan's film, Raja Babu. Some of his comic roles have been as Inspector Bhinde in Insaaf, Prasad in Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri, Crime Master Gogo in Andaz Apna Apna, Tohfa, as Batuknath in ChaalBaaz and as Goonga in Bol Radha Bol.

Kapoor has been a reference for mimicry artistes who emulate his style and dialogues such as "Aaaooo Lolita" from the movie Tohfa, "Main Nanha sa Chotta sa Bachcha Hoon" from the movie Chaalbaaz and "Nandu sabka bandhu, samajhta nahi hai yaar" from the movie Raja Babu.[7][8] Since 2000, Kapoor is a regular fixture in Priyadarshan films like Hungama, Hulchul, Chup Chup Ke, Malamaal Weekly and the Malayalam remake Bhagam Bhag. He also acted in few Bengali films of Kolkata,Odia film and in an Assamese feature film. In 2011, he was in the reality television show Bigg Boss (season 5) as one of the contestants. He has appeared in musical comedy Aasman Se Gire Khajoor Pe Atke[9] with his sister-in-law Padmini Kolhapure.

Personal life[edit]

Shakti Kapoor is married to Shivangi (Padmini Kolhapure's elder sister) and has two children, a son Siddhanth Kapoor and a daughter Shraddha Kapoor.



Bigg Boss[edit]

Shakti Kapoor took part in Bigg Boss season 5. He was the captain of the house for the first two weeks but eventually got eliminated in the fourth week of the show.

Reality television[edit]

As contestant
Year Show Place Channel
2011 Bigg Boss 14th place
Evicted Day 28


  1. ^ a b Anubha Sawhney (3 August 2003). "Shakti Kapoor: The role of a lifetime". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Nair, Kalpana (17 July 2015). "Beti Bachao: Shakti Kapoor wants Shraddha married in 3 years". Firstpost. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Sharma, Isha (29 June 2015). "5 Reasons Shakti Kapoor Is The Complete Rockstar He Is". Indiatimes. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Shakti Kapoor Films". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "'Girls called me the sexiest villain'". Rediff. July 16, 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Himanshi Phanda (21 June 2015). "I tell my children not to kill themselves and their talent by over working: Shakti Kapoor". IBN. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  7. ^ I don't believe in the casting couch at all,, retrieved 17 March 2013 
  8. ^ "Best Shakti Kapoor characters". Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  9. ^ [1],[2],[3]

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