Shahid Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor, image credit: HD Wallpapers

Born - February 25, 1981 in New Delhi, India

Birth Name - Shahid Khattar

Nickname - Dodo, Sasha, Shak

Occupation - Actor

Years active - 2003-present

Nationality - Indian

Height - 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse(s) - Mira Rajput (m. 2015)

Shahid Kapoor (born 25 February 1981), also known as Shahid Khattar, is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi films. Cited in the media as one of the most attractive Indian celebrities, Kapoor maintains his popularity despite a fluctuating career trajectory. Initially recognised for portraying romantic roles, Kapoor has since taken on parts in action films and thrillers. He is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards.

In addition to acting, Kapoor supports charities, hosts award ceremonies, and has featured as a talent judge on the dance reality show 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded' (2015). He is married to the homemaker Mira Rajput, with whom he has a daughter.

Shahid Kapoor was born in New Delhi on 25 February 1981 to actor Pankaj Kapur and actor-dancer Neelima Azeem. His parents divorced when he was three years old; his father shifted to Mumbai (and married the actress Supriya Pathak) and Kapoor continued living in Delhi with his mother and maternal grandparents. His father, who was then a struggling actor in Mumbai, would visit Kapoor only once a year on his birthday. When Kapoor was 10, his mother, who was working as a dancer, moved to Mumbai to work as an actress.

In Mumbai, Azeem went on to marry the actor Rajesh Khattar. Kapoor continued living with his mother and Khattar, until they separated in 2001. Kapoor continues to use the last name Khattar on his passport. He has a maternal half-brother, Ishaan, from his mother's marriage to Khattar. From his father's marriage to Pathak, he has two paternal half-siblings, Sanah and Ruhaan. Kapoor was educated at the Gyan Bharati School in Delhi and Rajhans Vidyalaya in Mumbai. He later attended Mumbai's Mithibai College for three years.

Kapoor was interested in dance from an early age, and at the age of 15, he joined Shiamak Davar's dance institute. As a student there, Kapoor appeared as a background dancer in the films "Dil To Pagal Hai" (1997) and "Taal" (1999), in which Davar served as choreographer. During a stage show at the institute, Kapoor performed in the songs 'Vogue' and 'GoldenEye' to a positive response from the audience; he described the experience as the first time that he "felt like a star". He later became an instructor at the institute. During this time, Kapoor accompanied a friend to an audition for a Pepsi commercial featuring the stars Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji, but wound up with the part himself. He appeared in television commercials for the brands Kit Kat and Close-Up, among others, and featured in music videos for several performers, including the band Aryans and the singer Kumar Sanu. Kapoor also took on the job of an assistant director to his father on the 1998 television series 'Mohandas B.A.L.L.B'.

Having noticed Kapoor in the Aryans' music video 'Aankhon Mein', the producer Ramesh Taurani was keen to cast him in a film. However, upon meeting him, Taurani thought Kapoor, who was 20 years old at the time, to be too young and underweight to become an actor, and encouraged him to wait for a few years. Kapoor, meanwhile, turned down a lead role in N. Chandra's sex comedy "Style" in hopes of working with Taurani. Taurani found a suitable project for Kapoor in the teenage romance "Ishq Vishk" (2003), which Ken Ghosh was directing for his company. Kapoor, who trained extensively for a bulkier physical build, was eventually hired. Before beginning work on the film, he attended acting workshops with Naseeruddin Shah and Satyadev Dubey.

"Ishq Vishk" tells the story of Rajiv Mathur, a high-school student who engages in a romantic affair with two classmates of contrasting personalities (played by Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasurywala). The film, however, proved to be a sleeper hit at the box office and won Kapoor the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.

Following his debut, Kapoor reunited with Ghosh in a thriller film "Fida" (2004) in which he was featured as a love-struck student who is manipulated by a woman (Kareena Kapoor) and her lover (Fardeen Khan) to rob a bank. Later that year, Kapoor appeared in the romantic comedy "Dil Maange More" in which he was paired opposite three women: Soha Ali Khan, Tulip Joshi, and Ayesha Takia. Both his 2004 releases were commercially unsuccessful.

The series of poorly received films continued in 2005, when all three of Kapoor's films failed at the box office. His first two releases that year were the comedies "Deewane Huye Paagal" and "Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!", both of which were largely panned. His final role was that of a righteous teenager drawn towards a life of indulgence in John Matthew Matthan's drama "Shikhar", co-starring Ajay Devgan, Bipasha Basu and Amrita Rao.

In 2006, Kapoor played opposite Kareena Kapoor in two films—the thriller "36 China Town" and the comedy "Chup Chup Ke". In "36 China Town", a murder mystery from the director duo Abbas-Mustan, Kapoor starred as one of the seven suspects in the murder of an heiress, and in the Priyadarshan-directed "Chup Chup Ke", he played a depressed man who pretends to be deaf and mute. The former was his first commercial success since "Ishq Vishk". Greater success came to Kapoor later that year when he starred alongside Amrita Rao in Sooraj Barjatya's romantic drama "Vivah", a film depicting an arranged marriage.

Kapoor found no success in his first release of 2007 - the ensemble comedy "Fool & Final". However, his second release that year, the Imtiaz Ali-directed romantic comedy "Jab We Met" proved to be one of the top-grossing films of the year. For his performance, Kapoor received his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

After featuring opposite Vidya Balan in the romantic comedy "Kismat Konnection" (2008), Kapoor played twin brothers, one with a lisp and the other with a stutter, in Vishal Bhardwaj's critically acclaimed caper thriller "Kaminey" (2009). Kapoor's final release of 2009 was as a cricketer in "Dil Bole Hadippa!", a romantic comedy co-starring Rani Mukerji. It was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, but was a financial failure.

In 2010, Kapoor reteamed with Ken Ghosh in "Chance Pe Dance", a comedy-drama about a struggling actor. He had a supporting role in "Paathshaala", a drama about the education system in India, starring Nana Patekar, following which he starred in Yash Raj Films' "Badmaash Company", a comedy-drama about a group of over ambitious youngsters who become con men. Kapoor's fourth and final release that year was Satish Kaushik's romantic comedy "Milenge Milenge", which marked his fourth collaboration with Kareena Kapoor.

Kapoor next appeared in his father's directorial "Mausam" (2011); co-starring Sonam Kapoor. For his role as an unambitious village boy who becomes an air force pilot, Kapoor trained to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The following year, Kapoor took on another romantic role in Kunal Kohli's "Teri Meri Kahaani" (2012), co-starring Priyanka Chopra. It tells the story of a pair of star-crossed lovers who are reincarnated in three different eras.

The comedy "Phata Poster Nikhla Hero" from director Rajkumar Santoshi was Kapoor's first release of 2013. His role was that of Vishwas Rao, a struggling actor who masquerades as a policeman. Later that year, he starred in Prabhu Deva's action film "R... Rajkumar", despite a negative critical reception, it becomes Kapoor's highest-grossing release to that point.

Kapoor next reunited with director Vishal Bhardwaj for the film "Haider" (2014), an adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Hamlet' set during the Kashmir conflict of 1995, in which he played the titular role opposite Tabu and Shraddha Kapoor. Kapoor won several awards for the role, including the Screen Award, Producers Guild Film Award and Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

The year 2015 saw Kapoor feature as a talent judge on the dance reality show 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded'. His sole film release that year was opposite Alia Bhatt in Vikas Bahl's "Shaandaar", a romantic comedy about two insomniacs who fall in love during a destination wedding. Despite high expectations from trade analysts, the film earned negative reviews and emerged as a commercial failure.

Kapoor next took on the role of a drug abusing rock star in "Udta Punjab" (2016), a crime drama from the director Abhishek Chaubey that documents the substance abuse endemic in the Indian state of Punjab. "Udta Punjab" generated controversy when the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demanded extensive censorship before its theatrical release, citing that the portrayal of Punjab in it was negative. The demands sparked a broad debate about the freedom of expression in India. After the producers of the film filed lawsuit against the board, the Bombay High Court cleared the film for exhibition with a single scene cut, in which Kapoor's character is shown urinating on people. Kapoor won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (shared with Manoj Bajpayee for "Aligarh") and received a Best Actor nomination at the same ceremony.

In his third collaboration with Vishal Bharadwaj, an epic romance set during World War II entitled "Rangoon" (2017), Kapoor played the part of a taciturn soldier who develops a romance with a film actress (played by Kangana Ranaut).

Kapoor next played Rawal Ratan Singh, a 14th-century Rajput ruler, in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama "Padmaavat" (2018), co-starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Amid violent protests by right-wing Hindu groups, who speculated that the film distorted historical facts, the film was cleared for release by the CBFC after several modifications were made to it.

Kapoor has three upcoming projects. He has completed work on "Batti Gul Meter Chalu", a satire about the lack of electricity in rural India, for which learnt the Garhwali dialect. Filming was temporarily suspended back when its production company, KriArj Entertainment, failed to remunerate the crew, and resumed after Bhushan Kumar took over the film. Kapoor has also committed to a remake of the Telugu drama film "Arjun Reddy" (2017) and to Raja Krishna Menon's as-yet untitled project. In the later, he plays a boxer for which he will undergo three months of training.

Kapoor has been the recipient of three Filmfare Awards: Best Male Debut for "Ishq Vishk" (2003), Best Actor for "Haider" (2014), and Critics Award for Best Actor for "Udta Punjab" (2016). He has received three more Best Actor nominations at the ceremony for "Jab We Met" (2007), "Kaminey" (2009) and "Udta Punjab" (2016).

Personal Life
During the filming of "Fida" in 2004, he began dating Kareena Kapoor and they both publicly spoke of the relationship. They were involved in a well-publicised scandal when Mid Day published a set of pictures of them kissing in public. Despite claims by the couple that the pictures were fabricated, the newspaper denied any wrongdoing. The couple separated in 2007 during the filming of "Jab We Met". Since their split, Kapoor decided to keep his personal life away from media attention.

In March 2015, Kapoor spoke of his impending marriage to Mira Rajput, a student from New Delhi, who is 13 years his junior. The Times of India reported that Kapoor met Rajput through the religious group Radha Soami Satsang Beas. The couple married at a private ceremony in Gurgaon on 7 July 2015, and Rajput gave birth to their daughter, Misha, on 26 August 2016.

In addition to acting in films, Kapoor performs on stage and hosts award ceremonies. In 2006, he participated in a world tour, entitled RockStars, in which he performed alongside Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham, Salman Khan and three other celebrities. From 2010–12, Kapoor has co-hosted three Screen Awards ceremonies with Shah Rukh Khan, and from 2012–14 he co-hosted three International Indian Film Academy Awards with either Khan or Farhan Akhtar.

Kapoor practices vegetarianism, and credits the author Brian Hines' book 'Life is Fair' for influencing this lifestyle choice. He also supports charitable organisations for various causes. In 2010, he took part in a charity event named 'Superstars Ka Jalwa', which helped generate money for the employees of the Cine and Television Artists Association (CINTAA). Also that year, he lent his support to the NGO Swayamsiddh, which helps children with special needs. The following year, he adopted three villages in support of NDTV's Greenathon, an initiative to support environmental consciousness and improve electricity supplies to rural areas. In 2012, Kapoor helped revive the Victory Arts Foundation NGO, founded by Shiamak Davar, which helps underprivileged children through dance therapy programs. Also that year, he appeared alongside other Bollywood celebrities in "Because My World Is Not The Same", a short film by Zoya Akhtar, to generate awareness on breast cancer. He supports the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organisation through advertisement campaigns.

Filmography

Year Movie Role Notes
 1997   Dil To Pagal Hai  Dancer  Uncredited
1999  Taal  Dancer  Uncredited
2003  Ishq Vishk  Rajiv Mathur  Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2004  Fida  Jai Malhotra  
2004  Dil Maange More  Nikhil Mathur  
2005  Deewane Huye Paagal  Karan  
2005  Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!  Aditya  
2005  Shikhar  Jaidev "Jai" Vardhan  
2006  36 China Town  Raj Malhotra  
2006  Chup Chup Ke  Jeetu Prasad
 Sharma
 
2006  Vivah  Prem  
2007  Fool & Final  Raja  
2007  Kya Love Story Hai  Himself  Special appearance
2007  Jab We Met  Aditya Kashyap  Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2008  Kismat Konnection  Raj Malhotra  
2009  Kaminey  Charlie / Guddu  Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2009  Dil Bole Hadippa!  Rohan Singh  
2010  Chance Pe Dance  Sameer Behl  
2010  Paathshaala  Rahul Prakash
 Udyavar
 
2010  Badmaash Company  Karan  
2010  Milenge Milenge  Amit (Immy)  
2011  Mausam  Harinder Singh
 (Harry)
 
2012  Teri Meri Kahaani  Jawed / Govind /
 Krish
 
2013  Bombay Talkies  Himself  Cameo appearance in song 'Apna Bombay
 Talkies'
2013  Phata Poster Nikhla Hero  Vishwas Rao  
2013  R... Rajkumar  Romeo Rajkumar  
2014  Haider  Haider Meer  Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2014  Action Jackson  Himself  Special appearance in song 'Punjabi Mast'
2015  Shaandaar  Jagjinder Joginder  
2016  Udta Punjab  Tommy Singh  Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
 Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2017  Rangoon  Nawab Malik  
2018  Padmaavat  Rawal Ratan Singh  
2018  Welcome to New York  Himself  Cameo appearance
2018  Batti Gul Meter Chalu  TBA  Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
 1998   Mohandas B.A.L.L.B  Assistant director  Television series
2010  16th Star Screen Awards  Host  Television special
2011  17th Star Screen Awards  Host  Television special
2012  18th Colors Screen Awards  Host  Television special
2012  13th International Indian Film Academy Awards  Host  Television special
2013  14th International Indian Film Academy Awards  Host  Television special
2014  15th International Indian Film Academy Awards  Host  Television special
2015  Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded  Judge  Reality show
2016  Zee Cine Awards  Host  Television special
2016  17th International Indian Film Academy Awards  Host  Television special

Music Video Appearances

Year Title Singer(s)
1999  "Aankhon Mein"  Aryans
1999  "Mera Dil Bole Piya Piya"  Poornima
 Unknown   "Doli Doli"  Falguni Pathak
Unknown  "Kehna To Hai"  Kumar Sanu
Unknown  "Jaan Likhu Janam Likhu"  Riddhi
2010  "Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara"  Various

Awards and Nominations

Year Movie Award Category Result
 2004   Ishq Vishk  Filmfare Awards  Best Male Debut Won
2004  Ishq Vishk  International Indian Film
 Academy Awards
 Star Debut of the Year – Male Won
2004  Ishq Vishk  Screen Awards  Best Male Debut Won
2004  Ishq Vishk  Stardust Awards  Superstar of Tomorrow - Male Won
2004  Ishq Vishk  Zee Cine Awards  Best Male Debut Won
2004  Ishq Vishk  Sansui Awards  Best Male Debut Won
2005  Fida  Screen Awards  Jodi No. 1 (along with Kareena
 Kapoor)
 Nominated 
2006  Shikhar  Screen Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2007  Vivah  Screen Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2007  Vivah  Screen Awards  Jodi No. 1 (along with Amrita
 Rao)
Nominated
2008  Jab We Met  Filmfare Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2008  Jab We Met  International Indian Film
 Academy Awards
 Best Actor Nominated
2008  Jab We Met  Screen Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2008  Jab We Met  Screen Awards  Jodi No. 1 (along with
 Kareena Kapoor)
Nominated
2008  Jab We Met  Stardust Awards  Best Actor (Editor's Choice) Won
2008  Jab We Met  Stardust Awards  Star of the Year Award - Male Nominated
2008  Jab We Met  Star Guild Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2008  Jab We Met  Zee Cine Awards  Best Actor - Male Nominated
2008  Jab We Met  Annual Central European
 Bollywood Awards
 Best Couple (along with
 Kareena Kapoor)
Won
2009  -  PETA Awards  Sexiest Male Vegetarian In
 Asia
Won
2009  -  Teacher's Achievement
 Awards
 - Won
2009  -  People Achiever Award  - Won
2009  Kaminey  Rajiv Gandhi Award  - Won
2010  Kaminey  Filmfare Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2010  Kaminey  International Indian Film
 Academy Awards
 Best Actor Nominated
2010  Kaminey  Screen Awards  Best Actor Won
2010  Kaminey  Screen Awards  Jodi No. 1 (along with
 Priyanka Chopra)
Nominated
2010  -  Screen Awards  Jodi of the Decade (along with
 Kareena Kapoor)
Nominated
2010  Kaminey  Stardust Awards  Best Actor (Editor's Choice) Won
2010  Kaminey  Stardust Awards  Star of the Year Award - Male Nominated
2010  -  Star Guild Awards  Chevrolet Heartbeat of the
 Nation (Male)
Won
2010  Kaminey  Star Guild Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2011  Badmaash
 Company
 Screen Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2012  Mausam  Screen Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2012  -  GQ Awards (India)  The Ultimate GQ Man Won
2013  R... Rajkumar  BIG Star Entertainment
 Awards
 Most Entertaining Actor in an
 Action Role
Nominated
2013  'Gandi Baat' -
 R...Rajkumar
 BIG Star Entertainment
 Awards
 Most Entertaining Dancer Nominated
2013  Phata Poster
 Nikhla Hero
 BIG Star Entertainment
 Awards
 Most Entertaining Actor in a
 Comic Role
Nominated
2014  'Bismil' - Haider  BIG Star Entertainment
 Awards
 Most Entertaining Dancer
 Female - Male
Nominated
2014  Haider  BIG Star Entertainment
 Awards
 Most Entertaining Actor in a
 Thriller Film - Male
Won
2014  Haider  BIG Star Entertainment
 Awards
 Most Entertaining Film Actor -
 Male
Won
2014  R... Rajkumar  Screen Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2014  Haider  Stardust Awards  Best Actor in a Drama Won
2014  Haider  Stardust Awards  Star of the Year Award - Male Nominated
2015  Haider  Filmfare Awards  Best Actor Won
2015  Haider  International Indian Film
 Academy Awards
 Best Actor Won
2015  Haider  Screen Awards  Best Actor Won
2015  Haider  Screen Awards  Jodi No. 1 (along with Tabu) Won
2015  Haider  Screen Awards  LifeOK Hero Award Won
2015  Haider  Star Guild Awards  Best Actor Won
2016  Udta Punjab  Stardust Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2017  Udta Punjab  Filmfare Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2017  Udta Punjab  Filmfare Awards  Best Actor (Critics) Won
2017  Udta Punjab  International Indian Film
 Academy Awards
 Best Actor Won
2017  Udta Punjab  Zee Cine Awards  Best Actor - Male Nominated
2018  Padmaavat  Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence
 Awards 2018
 Best Actor Won
2018  -  Screen Awards  Nothing to Hide Award Won


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