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6 December 1945 |
Lahore, Punjab, British India
|Spouse(s)||Suchitra Krishnamoorthi 1999–2007|
Shekhar Kapur (born 6 December 1945) is a critically acclaimed Indian film director, producer and actor. He rose to popularity with the Hindi language movie Bandit Queen based upon the life of Phoolan Devi, an infamous Indian outlaw. His historical biopics of Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth and its sequel The Golden Age) garnered 7 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Cate Blanchett.
Early life 
Kapur was born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (now in Pakistan) to Kulbhushan Kapur, a doctor who had a flourishing practice, and Sheel Kanta, a journalist and stage actress. The nephew of actors Vijay Anand and Dev Anand, he was discouraged to get into show business by his father. His schooling was at Modern School, New Delhi. He studied economics at St. Stephen's College. At 22, Kapur became a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW in England, having studied accountancy at the behest of his parents. 
He started his career as an actor in the movie Jaan Hazir Hai (1975) and later in Toote Khilone, in Bollywood. He also appeared in several Hindi television dramas, like Udaan opposite Kavita Chaudhary, and films, but failed to flourish as an actor.
He turned director with the family drama Masoom (1983) starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and a young Jugal Hansraj. The film followed the story of a young illegitimate boy who struggles to find acceptance from his stepmother. He then directed the 1987 science-fiction film Mr. India starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri in his most famous role as the villain Mogambo. Puri's most famous dialogue in this film "Mogambo Khush Hua" is still remembered. In 1994 he directed the critically acclaimed Bandit Queen and also played a cameo in the film as a truck driver.
Kapur was also partly involved in the production of several Bollywood films before he abandoned them. He co-directed the 1989 film Joshilay, which starred Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Meenakshi Sheshadri. In 1992 he was set to direct another science-fiction film titled Time Machine, which was to star Aamir Khan, Raveena Tandon, Naseeruddin Shah and Rekha, but halfway through production he was forced by financial problems to abandon the film project. He co-directed Dushmani, starring Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff and Manisha Koirala.
In 1998, he received international recognition for directing the Academy Award-winning period film Elizabeth, a fictional account of the reign of British Queen Elizabeth I nominated for 7 Oscars. The 2007 sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, was nominated for 2 Oscars. He was accused of being anti-British by British tabloids for his portrayal of the British Army and the Empire in the 2002 movie The Four Feathers; this perception was strengthened by the fact that during an interview for the DVD release of The Four Feathers, he spoke favourably of the Mahdi, a fanatical religious leader depicted in the film.
Kapur was the executive producer of the film The Guru. He also established an Indian film company with Ram Gopal Verma and Mani Ratnam, though the group has thus far produced only one film, Dil Se.. (1998), starring Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala. Kapur executive-produced the Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Dreams by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which has been running in London's the West End since 2002, and on Broadway in New York City since 2004.
In 2005, Kapur worked with Okan Quail on Hunji!, a story of a young Indian maid who idolised Sachin Tendulkar. Although it gained some[who?] acclaim as one of his finest films, critics across the UK and India called it a flop.
In 2006, Kapur formed Liquid Comics and Virgin Animation, an entertainment company focused on creating new stories and characters for a global audience. The Shakti titles of Kapur and Deepak Chopra's company debuted with Devi and The Sadhu. Devi is about "a fierce feminine warrior, stronger than the Gods themselves . . . a champion of the heavens, and the protector of man", while The Sadhu is about one man's choice between his spiritual oath and his human instinct,"
Future projects 
His future projects include Long Walk to Freedom, Paani, The Last Full Measure. A third episode in the Queen Elizabeth series is planned. According to screenwriter John Rogers, the success of Elizabeth led to Kapur being tapped to work on an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, but the project was eventually shelved. Kapur also tentatively planned to helm a motion picture account of the life of the Buddha, entitled Buddha, but the plans were later dropped for unstated reasons. He also planned to adapt Larklight, a book by Philip Reeve. Kapur also traveled to Yerevan, Armenia to explore the possibility of making a film about the Armenian Genocide.
He is set to direct Paani. The film reported to star Hrithik Roshan. The film will be produced by Aditya Chopra. Its music will be composed by A. R. Rahman. The announcement for the film was made at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
- Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2000.
|1989||Joshilay (Co director)|
|2002||The Four Feathers|
|2007||Elizabeth: The Golden Age|
|2008||New York, I Love You|
|2013||Three Apples Fell From Heaven|
|1974||Ishq Ishq Ishq|
|1975||Jaan Hazir Hai|
|1984||Bindiya Chamkegi||Raj A. Kumar|
|1988||Falak (The Sky)||Inspector - Jimmy|
|1991||Nazar||Antique Dealer/Money Lender|
|2013||Vishwaroopam||R.A.W Agent Colonel Jagannath|
As producer 
- 1998 Dil Se..... (executive producer)
- 2002 The Guru (executive producer)
- 2011 Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (documentary)
- 2013 Paani (pre-production)
As writer 
- 2013 Paani(screenplay / story; pre-production)
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- Ellison, Michael (18 March 1999). "Bard battles for Oscars against Private Ryan". The Guardian (London).
- TNN (16 March 2003). "Shekhar Kapur: A life in focus – Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. Text " 16 Mar 2003, 02.36 am IST " ignored (help)
- "New York Times". Movies.nytimes.com. 6 December 1951. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Shekhar Kapur becomes a name to reckon with in Western cinema". The Indian Express. 16 March 2000. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- Wild, Damian (5 Oct 2003). "Shehkar Kapur: Reeling in the punters.". Accountancy Age. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- Kapoor, Shekhar. "My uncle Dev Anand, the man no one knew…". Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Sorry". The Indian Express. India. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- Bhawana Somaaya (6 December 2002). "Screen > The Business of Entertainment". Screenindia.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- Roy, Amit (26 July 2001). "The dacoit leader who wore a tiger skin sari". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- "Shekhar Kapur moves out after Bandit Queen". filmnirvana.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- How Deepak Chopra's Virgin Comics is changing comic book industry.
- Leffler, Rebecca (15 April 2010). "Hollywood Reporter: Cannes Lineup". hollywoodreporter. Retrieved 15 April 2010.[dead link]
- "Kung Fu Monkey: Futurism vs. Futuruisn't". Kfmonkey.blogspot.com. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Rahman scores of Paani". Behindwoods. 11 October 2010.
- John (16 May 2010). "Shekhar Kapoor Hires A R Rahman for Paani". Taking Films.
- "Paani in Cannes". Sworovski. 15 May 2010.
- Shekhar Kapur at the Internet Movie Database
- Shekhar Kapur on Twitter
- Shekhar Kapur's official website
-  Arundhati Roy on Shekhar Kapur
- New York Times Biography
- Shekhar Kapur in Interview with 99FACES.tv