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).
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.
|1997||Dil To Pagal Hai||Dancer||Uncredited|
|2003||Ishq Vishk||Rajiv Mathur||Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut|
|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
|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
|2010||Milenge Milenge||Amit (Immy)|
|2011||Mausam|| Harinder Singh
|2012||Teri Meri Kahaani|| Jawed / Govind /
|2013||Bombay Talkies||Himself|| Cameo appearance in song 'Apna Bombay
|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'|
|2016||Udta Punjab||Tommy Singh|| Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actor
|2018||Padmaavat||Rawal Ratan Singh|
|2018||Welcome to New York||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|2018||Batti Gul Meter Chalu||TBA||Post-production|
|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
|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
|2004||Ishq Vishk||Filmfare Awards||Best Male Debut||Won|
|2004||Ishq Vishk|| International Indian Film
|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
|2006||Shikhar||Screen Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2007||Vivah||Screen Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2007||Vivah||Screen Awards|| Jodi No. 1 (along with Amrita
|2008||Jab We Met||Filmfare Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2008||Jab We Met|| International Indian Film
|2008||Jab We Met||Screen Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2008||Jab We Met||Screen Awards|| Jodi No. 1 (along with
|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
| Best Couple (along with
|2009||-||PETA Awards|| Sexiest Male Vegetarian In
|2009||-|| Teacher's Achievement
|2009||-||People Achiever Award||-||Won|
|2009||Kaminey||Rajiv Gandhi Award||-||Won|
|2010||Kaminey||Filmfare Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2010||Kaminey|| International Indian Film
|2010||Kaminey||Screen Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|2010||Kaminey||Screen Awards|| Jodi No. 1 (along with
|2010||-||Screen Awards|| Jodi of the Decade (along with
|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
|2010||Kaminey||Star Guild Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|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
| Most Entertaining Actor in an
|2013|| 'Gandi Baat' -
| BIG Star Entertainment
|Most Entertaining Dancer||Nominated|
|2013|| Phata Poster
| BIG Star Entertainment
| Most Entertaining Actor in a
|2014||'Bismil' - Haider|| BIG Star Entertainment
| Most Entertaining Dancer
Female - Male
|2014||Haider|| BIG Star Entertainment
| Most Entertaining Actor in a
Thriller Film - Male
|2014||Haider|| BIG Star Entertainment
| Most Entertaining Film Actor -
|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
|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
|2017||Udta Punjab||Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor - Male||Nominated|
|2018||Padmaavat|| Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence
|2018||-||Screen Awards||Nothing to Hide Award||Won|