Name: Shekhar Kapur
Birthday: 6th December, 1945
Marital Status: He was married to Suchitra Krishnamoorthy, the famous 90s model and actor. The couple has a daughter named Kaveri. Their marriage ended in February, 2007.
Awards: Kapur has been nominated for the Oscars his films Elizabeth and The Golden Age in almost sever categories. He was given the Padma Shri Award by the Indian Government in 2000.
Biography: Shekhar Kapur was born in Lahore. His father was a renowned doctor and his mother a journalist and a theatre artist. Shekhar was the nephew of Dev Anand, the renowned Bollywood actor. He studied in Delhi and passed out from St Stephen’s College before becoming a Chartered Accountant. He began working with a MNC and soon moved to England where he lived for many years.
He began his journey in Bollywood in 1975 with acting in movies like Jaan Haazir Hai and Toote Khilaune. He moved in search of good work to television where he appeared in many early television soaps like Udaan. Though he had a keen sense of knowledge about films and art, he failed to deliver impressionable acting.
1983 was the turning point of his life. With the release of his directorial debut Masoom, starring Shabana Azmi and Nasserudin Shah, the film finally managed to deliver the genius of Shekhar Kapur. His apt and nuanced direction was spellbinding. In 1987, he directed one of Bollywood’s most iconic films, Mr India. A science fiction starring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi, the film is most remembered for Amrish Puri’s role as the main villain Mogambo.
In 1994, he worked on his first biopic based on the life of the notorious Chambal dacoit Phoolan Devi. The film was painful and said the tragic story of her life with utmost sensitivity. The film was lauded by the critics for its brilliant direction.
During the 1990s, he co-directed a couple of mainstream Bollywood films like Joshilay and Dushmani. He had envisioned a film with Aamir Khan, Nasserudin Shah and Rekha, called Time Machine which had to be abandoned for the lack of funds. Along with Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Verma, Shekhar also co-produced Dil Se starring Manisha Koirala and Shah Rukh Khan which dealt with the growing militancy in India. He also produced the Bolly based themed Bombay Dreams. The film was a musical which has been running in the New York Broadway ever since its release.
The doorway of International Fame opened up for him with the release of his Oscar winning film Elizabeth. The film traced the biography of Queen Elizabeth I. The film was followed by a sequel named Elizabeth – The Golden Age. Both the films were nominated in 9 categories at the Academy Awards. However the film was deemed offensive and was shunned by many British critics.
He worked with Nandita Das as a narrator for the Charkha audio book of Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography ‘My Experiments with Truth’. Shekhar Kapur is now set to begin working on his projects Long walk to Freedom, Elizabeth III and Paani. Paani was announced at the 63rd Cannes Festival in 2010. It will star Hrithik Roshan in the main role, with A.R Rahman giving music to the film. The film will be produced by YRF under Aditya Chopra.
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