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Aditya Roy Kapur (born 16 November 1985) is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi films. After making his acting debut with the 2009 musical dramedy London Dreams, Kapur was praised for portraying an aspiring magician in the 2010 romantic drama Guzaarish. In 2013, he received wider success by featuring in the musical romantic film Aashiqui 2 and the romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, both of which were among the top-grossing productions of the year. The latter earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Aditya Roy Kapur
Aditya Roy Kapur spotted at the gym in Bandra.jpg
Kapur in 2019
Born (1985-11-16) 16 November 1985 (age 33)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India (present-day Mumbai)
EducationSt. Xavier's College, Mumbai
OccupationDJ, actor, VJ, performer
Years active2009–present
RelativesSee Roy Kapur family

Early life and backgroundEdit

Kapur was born in Bombay on 16 November 1985[1] to a Punjabi Hindu father,[2] Kumud Roy Kapur, and Salome Aaron, an Indian Jew.[3] His grandfather, Raghupat Roy Kapur, was a film producer.[4][5] Kapur is the youngest of the three siblings- his eldest brother, Siddharth Roy Kapur, was the Chief Executive Officer of UTV Motion Pictures and is married to the actress, Vidya Balan. His second elder brother, Kunaal Roy Kapur, is also an actor.[6]

His maternal grandparents, Sam and Ruby Aaron, were qualified dance teachers who introduced the Sama dance to India.[4] He did his schooling from G. D. Somani Memorial School, in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, where all his siblings studied and his mother directed school plays.[4] Subsequently, he graduated from St. Xavier's College, affiliated to the University of Mumbai.

Kapur is not a trained actor, though he has taken dance lessons and also diction classes to improve his Hindi accent. According to him he "had no burning ambition to become an actor," and was content being a VJ, until he was called to audition for London Dreams. During his school years, he wanted to be a cricketer but he quit cricket coaching classes after sixth standard.

CareerEdit

Debut, initial struggles, and hiatus (2009–2010)Edit

Kapur started his career as a VJ on music channel Channel V India, where his comic timing and "unique style of hosting" made him a hit. He did a show "Pakao" for Channel V, and also hosted the hugely popular, 'India's hottest' show with VJ, Bruna Abdullah.[7] He exited the show in 2008.

In 2009, Kapur made his acting debut with the Vipul Shah-directed musical comedy London Dreams, in which he featured alongside Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, and Asin. Kapur played the supporting role of Wasim Khan, a Muslim hailing from Pakistan. Upon release, the film received positive reviews from critics, who particularly praised the film's soundtrack, and his performance met with negative reviews. Despite of these reactions, London Dream failed to earn profits at both domestic and overseas box office with grossings of 410 million (US$5.9 million) against its production budget of 500 million (US$7.2 million).

In 2010, Kapur reteamed with Shah for the science fiction romantic comedy Action Replayy, in which he played the son of a couple who has hatred towards each other (played by Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai). The film was not a box office success because of a mixed critical reception. In the same year, Kapur played Omar Siddiqui, an aspiring magician who wants training of the job from a former magician (now a quadriplegic), in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ensemble romantic saga Guzaarish, co-starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. Though Guzaarish performed poorly at the box office, Kapur's performance as well the film garnered positive reviews from critics.

Breakthrough (2012—2013)Edit

 
Kapur with co-star Shraddha Kapoor at an event for Aashiqui 2 in 2013. It ranks among his highest-grossing releases.

In 2012, Kapur announced that he will be returning to Hindi cinema by playing the leading role of a singer in Mohit Suri's musical romance Aashiqui 2, a spiritual successor to Aashiqui (1990). Released in 2013, Aashiqui 2 saw Kapur star opposite Shraddha Kapoor, and marked the first of his several collaborations with her and Suri. The film has been described as a "turning point in his career". The film received favourable response from critics upon release, with praise directed to Kapur's performance. Aashiqui 2 earned over 1.7 billion (US$25 million) worldwide, becoming one of the top-earning Bollywood films of that year and Kapur's first commercial success. For his performance, he received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and won the Screen Award for Jodi No. 1 (shared with Shraddha Kapoor).

That same year, Kapur achieved further success when he starred in Ayan Mukerji's romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Kalki Koechlin. The film was one of the most highly anticipated films of that year, and featured Kapur in the supporting role of Avinash Arora, a flirtatious boy. Made on a budget of 350 million (US$5.1 million), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani earned over 3 billion (US$43 million) in global markets to emerge as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time alongside Aashiqui 2. The film also garnered Kapur his second nomination of the year at Filmfare—this time for Best Supporting Actor—and won him the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor. Thus, 2013 was the most successful year of Kapur's film career.

Career challenges (2014—present)Edit

 
Kapur at an event for Daawat-e-Ishq in 2014

Kapur next collaborated with Habib Faisal for the comedy-drama Daawat-e-Ishq (2014). Cast alongside Parineeti Chopra and Anupam Kher, he played Tariq Haider, a renowned restaurant manager who falls in love with Chopra's character. The film, which had a mixed critical reception, with critics criticizing the chemistry between him and Chopra, proved to be a major critical and box-office failure earning 200 million (US$2.9 million) domestically.

After a year-long absence from full time acting, Kapur appeared in Abhishek Kapoor's romantic drama Fitoor (2016), an adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations, in which he played a role based on Philip Pirrip, named Noor Nizami, an aspiring gentleman, alongside Katrina Kaif and Tabu. The following year, Kapur co-starred with Shraddha Kapoor in Shaad Ali's romantic comedy Ok Jaanu. Both films were critical and commercial failures and met with mixed reviews from critics.

After an another long year-absence from acting, Kapur featured in Abhishek Varman's 2019 period drama Kalank, in which he starred alongside an ensemble cast including Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt, playing the character of Dev Chaudhry, a man running a liberal newspaper whose wife dies due to a disease and is then married to her best friend. Set during the year 1945 prior to the Partition of India, Kalank was made on a production budget of 1.5 billion (US$22 million), which made it one of the most expensive Hindi films, and received negative attentions from critics, but had a good opening collecting 219 million (US$3.2 million) on the first day; however, after 9 consecutive days of good collecting, the film earned little at the box office, clashing with Avengers: Endgame, and thus failed to perform commercially.

Kapur will next reunite with Suri for the romantic thriller Malang, which also features Disha Patani and Anil Kapoor, and star in Anurag Basu's as-yet untitled action romance alongside Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, and Pankaj Tripathi. He is also filming Mahesh Bhatt's romantic thriller Sadak 2, a sequel to the 1991 thriller Sadak, co-starring Dutt, Alia Bhatt, and Pooja Bhatt.

Other workEdit

In 2016, he did a music tour named "Dream Team Bollywood" and performed in Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, New York alongside Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, & Varun Dhawan.[8]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
2009 London Dreams Wasim Khan Vipul Shah
2010 Action Replayy Bunty
Guzaarish Omar Siddiqui Sanjay Leela Bhansali
2013 Aashiqui 2 Rahul Jayekar Mohit Suri Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Avinash "Avi" Arora Ayan Mukerji Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Daawat-e-Ishq Tariq Haider Habib Faisal
2016 Fitoor Noor Nizami Abhishek Kapoor
Dear Zindagi Furniture Dealer Gauri Shinde Special Appearance
2017 Ok Jaanu Aditya Gujral Shaad Ali
2018 Welcome To New York Himself Chakri Toleti Special Appearance
2019 Kalank Dev Chaudhry Abhishek Varman
2020 Untitled Chintu Anurag Basu Filming
Malang TBA Mohit Suri Post-Production
Sadak 2 TBA Mahesh Bhatt Filming

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result Reference
2013 Big Star Entertainment Awards Best Actor In Romantic Role Aashiqui 2 Won [9]
Most Romantic Jodi Award

(With Shraddha Kapoor)

Won [9]
2014 Screen Awards Jodi Number 1

(With Shraddha Kapoor)

Won [10]
Star Guild Awards Jodi Of The Year

(With Shraddha Kapoor)

Won [11]
Filmfare Awards Best Actor Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Nominated [12]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Won [13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Birthday Exclusive: Aditya Roy Kapur". Deccan Chronicle. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  2. ^ "History of India's Jewish beauty queens". Ynetnews. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Shraddha and I are really, really close: Aditya Roy Kapur". The Times of India. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Another GenNext Kapur family finds feet in Bollywood". The Economic Times. 20 November 2010. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  5. ^ G. Rakesh on IMDb
  6. ^ "Born to Sweet Delight". Tehelka. 22 June 2013. Archived from the original on 16 September 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  7. ^ India's Hottest, Bruna Abdullah, Aditya Roy Kapoor, retrieved 27 June 2018CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ "Bollywood Dream Team 2016: Katrina, Alia, Sidharth, Varun, Parineeti, Aditya Roy Kapur US tour in August" Archived 26 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine, India News Bulletin
  9. ^ a b Devi, Kanchana. "Big Star Entertainment Awards 2013 – List of winners". truthdive.com. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  10. ^ "20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards: List of winners". The Indian Express. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Winners of 9th Renault Star Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  12. ^ "59th Filmfare Awards: Nominations' Full List". koimoi.com. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  13. ^ Bhowmik, Arijita (27 April 2014). "IIFA Awards 2014: Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' Take Away Major Honours [Full Winner's List]". International Business Times. Retrieved 27 April 2014.

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