Shahid Kapoor was born on 25 February 1981. He is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi films. Initially recognised for portraying romantic roles. He has since taken on parts in action films and thrillers and is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards.
Family And Career
The son of actors Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azeem, Kapoor was born in New Delhi. His parents separated when he was three. And he continued living with his mother. They moved to Mumbai when he was 10. Where he joined Shiamak Davar’s dance academy. Kapoor appeared as a background dancer in a few films of the 1990s. And was later featured in music videos and television commercials.
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He made his film debut in 2003 with a leading role in the romantic comedy Ishq Vishk. A sleeper hit for which he won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He followed it with roles in several commercial failures. Before starring in Sooraj Barjatya’s top-grossing family drama Vivah (2006).
Kapoor continued living in Delhi with his mother and maternal grandparents. His grandparents were journalists for the Russian magazine Sputnik. And Kapoor was particularly fond of his grandfather: “He would walk me to school every single day.”
He would talk to me about dad, with whom he shared a great relationship, and read out his letters to me. 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.
Awards success and controversies (2014–present)
Kapoor reunited with director Vishal Bhardwaj to 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 described the film as the “toughest” of his career and waived his fees to star in it. For the role, he shaved his head and learned to speak in a Kashmiri dialect. Haider garnered critical acclaim, though was controversial among Indian nationalists for its portrayal of the conflict in Kashmir.
Sanjukta Sharma of Mint found the film to be an “immensely effective reimagination of Shakespeare”. And particularly praised Kapoor for playing his part with “impressive zest and inventiveness”. Writing for Hindustan Times, critic Anupama Chopra wrote that Kapoor initially seemed uncomfortable in the complex central role. But added that he “slowly comes to inhabit Haider. Veering from rage to jealousy to madness in a heartbeat.” Kapoor won several awards for the role, including the Screen Award, Producers Guild Film Award and Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
Wife Mira Mira Kapoor
In March 2015, Kapoor spoke of his impending marriage to Mira Rajput, a university student from New Delhi, who is 13 years his junior. The Times of India reported that Kapoor met Rajput through the Dharmic 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 in August 2016 and their son Zain in September 2018.