Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor (born 26 June 1985) is an Indian film actor who appears in Bollywood films.[3] The son of film producers Boney Kapoor and Mona Shourie Kapoor, he initially worked an assistant director on his father's productions No Entry (2005) and Wanted (2009). He made his acting debut through the 2012 action romance Ishaqzaade and subsequently appeared in several films, including the crime drama Gunday (2014), the coming-of-age romantic comedy 2 States (2014), the English-language road comedy Finding Fanny (2014), and the satire Ki & Ka (2016).

Arjun Kapoor
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Arjun Kapoor grace the launch of the book No One Has To Know.
Born (1985-06-26) 26 June 1985 (age 35)[1]
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor
Years active2012–present
Partner(s)Malaika Arora (2018-present)
Parent(s)Boney Kapoor (father)
Mona Kapoor (mother)
RelativesSee Surinder Kapoor family and Kapoor family[2]

Early life and familyEdit

Kapoor was born into a Punjabi family[4] on 26 June 1985[1] in Bombay, Maharashtra to the Hindi film producer, Boney Kapoor and the entrepreneur Mona Shourie Kapoor.[5][6] He is the grandson of filmmaker Surinder Kapoor. He is the nephew of actors Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor and producer Sandeep Marwah, and the first-cousin of actress Sonam Kapoor, actors Mohit Marwah, Harshvardhan Kapoor and producer Rhea Kapoor. He has a younger sister, Anshula Kapoor.[7] Actress Sridevi was his stepmother, and he also has two half-sisters, Khushi and Janhvi Kapoor.[8] He was 11 when his father separated from his mother.

When asked in an interview about his father's second marriage, Kapoor said: "When we were kids, it was difficult. But what can you do? How long will you complain? You have to accept what is, take it on your chin, and move on."[9] Arjun also said that "We don't really meet and spend time together so it doesn't really exist,"[10] His mother died in 2012. However, after Sridevi died (cause: reportedly accidental drowning[11]) in 2018, his relationship with his half-sisters improved. He told a media house: I’m getting two more sisters[12].

Kapoor was educated at the Arya Vidya Mandir school in Mumbai, which he attended till his 11th grade. After failing his eleventh grade examinations, he quit his studies.[5] In his teens and early twenties, Kapoor suffered from obesity and approximately weighed 140 kg; he later said that due to his condition, he used to be "sloppy, grumpy" and "under-confident".[13]

CareerEdit

2003–13: Early work, acting debut and breakthroughEdit

 
Kapoor promoting Ishaqzaade in 2013

Kapoor's first job in the film industry was as an assistant director on Nikhil Advani's Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2003.[14] He also assisted Advani on his next directorial Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007), and worked as an associate producer on two of his father's productions—No Entry (2005) and Wanted (2009).[14] Kapoor was then signed on for a three-film contract with Yash Raj Films, a leading production company in India.[15]

In 2011, it was announced that Kapoor will debut with a film named Virus Diwan, produced under Yash Raj Films, which was shelved after sometime. Later, he signed on to debut with the company's romantic drama Ishaqzaade (2012) alongside Parineeti Chopra, which tells the love story between a son and daughter of a Hindu and Muslim political family, respectively. While filming a running sequence for the feature in Barabanki, Kapoor suffered a spasm in his hamstring muscle, though he finished the scene after resting for five minutes.[16] Ishaqzaade became a profitable venture, earning 670 million (US$9.4 million) worldwide, and his performance was praised, winning Kapoor a Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut.

Yash Raj Films' next project to star Kapoor was the action thriller Aurangzeb (2013) whose title matches to the name of a Mughal emperor of the same name. It marked the directorial debut of Atul Sabarwal, and co-starred Jackie Shroff, Rishi Kapoor and Amrita Singh; he portrayed two twin brothers looking exact like doppelgangers. Critic Rachna Saltz from The New York Times said of Kapoor that he is a "star of an earlier generation" and is "well-cast and matched".[17] However, the film underperformed at the box office.

Commercial Success (2014-2017)Edit

For his first film in 2014, Kapoor teamed with Yash Raj Films for the third consecutive time on Gunday, a crime action film also starring Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, it saw him and Singh portray two bandits with bold attitude who fall for a dancer (Chopra). He described his character as "temperamental" who acts as a "moment's heat". Film analyst Anupama Chopra mentioned the film, which received mixed reviews, as an "unabashed love letter to the 1970s". Nevertheless, Gunday proved to be a commercial success, and accumulated over 1.2 billion (US$17 million) worldwide.

 
Kapoor with co-stars Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra at the press conference of Gunday in 2014

As Kapoor's three-film deal concluded, he next collaborated with the producers Sajid Nadiadwala and Karan Johar to star opposite Alia Bhatt in a film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's popular novel 2 States released with the same title. He played Krish Malhotra, a college student wanting to become a writer. Saurabh Dwivedi stated that Kapoor "shows his pain through body language but falls short in some scenes opposite his co-actor Ronit Roy". The project was well appreciated, garnering critical acclaim, and earned more than 1.02 billion (US$14 million) in India to emerge as his biggest commercial success so far. He received an IIFA Award for Best Actor nomination.[18] His last release of 2014 was the Homi Adajania's adventurous satire Finding Fanny, which follows the lives of five dysfunctional people in search of a woman named Fanny.

In 2015, Kapoor featured in his father's second younger brother Sanjay's first production Tevar, a remake of the Telugu film Okkadu (2003), in which he co-starred alongside Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee as a Kabaddi player. He was director Amit Sharma's only choice to play the role.[citation needed] Upon release, the film was poorly received and failed both critically and commercially.[19]

The following year, Kapoor served as the host for the seventh season of Colors TV's reality stunts-performing series Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi. In the same year, he starred opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan in R. Balki's satirical comedy-drama Ki & Ka, based on the content of gender stereotypes. Kapoor portrayed the male lead Kabir Bansal, a stay-at-home husband. Writing for India Today, Ananya Bhattacharya gave the film a negative review and expressed about his acting that: "Arjun looks like a mouthing sharp".


The Mohit Suri-directed teen romantic drama Half Girlfriend became Kapoor's first film of 2017, which served as a retelling of Bhagat's novel of the same name. He was cast in the role of Madhav Jha, a basketball champion who hardly speaks English and ends up getting attracted towards a college girl (played by Shraddha Kapoor) when he joins a college. In an interview Kapoor admitted that he signed the film despite not reading the novel. The film was a critical and commercial success

 
Kapoor promoting Mubarakan in 2017

Later that year, Kapoor played twin brothers for the second time in Mubarakan, a comedy directed by Anees Bazmee, in which he starred alongside his uncle Anil. The film also featured Ileana D'Cruz and Athiya Shetty as the love interests of his characters. In her review, Saibal Chatterjee wrote that Kapoor "demonstrates a comic flair that is crying out for a better film".

Career Fluctuations: (2018- Present)Edit

In 2018, Kapoor starred in a spin-off to the romantic comedy Namastey London (2007) named Namaste England and helmed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. He played a character that falls in love with an aspiring jewellery designer (essayed by Parineeti Chopra). The film proved to be a major box office flop.

2019 was yet another disappointing year in Kapoor's career, as the two films he starred in were commercial failures again. In his first release, the crime drama India's Most Wanted directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, he essayed the role of an agent who is given a secret mission of tracking a terrorist. His next screen appearance occurred in Ashutosh Gowarikar's period drama Panipat alongside Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon. Based on the 3rd Panipat battle, it featured him as Maratha emperor Sadashiv Rao Bhau and depicted how Bhau fought the battle against the Afghan warrior Ahmed Shah Abdali.

Personal lifeEdit

Kapoor has been in a relationship with actress Malaika Arora since 2018.

Off-screen workEdit

Kapoor is a celebrity endorser for various brands and products, and was the co-owner of the ISL team FC Pune City.[20] In 2014 and again in 2015, he supported and endorsed the Earth Hour initiative in India.[21] During this time, he was the Indian ambassador for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and along with working towards creating awareness for Earth Hour, he has also helped raise awareness for conservation in the Sundarbans region of the country.[22] In 2015, he supported the United Nations Global Goals campaign represented India at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City, where he gave a speech highlighting India's progress as a nation and the challenges faced by the country.[23] In 2017, Arjun joined hands with the global movement and campaign to empower and educate women - Girl Rising.[24] Philips also roped him as the brand ambassador for its 'Male Grooming' business.[25] He is also a brand ambassador for Flying Machine and Royal Stag along with Ranveer Singh.[26][27] Kapoor co-hosted the IIFA Awards ceremony in 2015 with Singh.[28] Arjun was also the brand ambassador for the world's leading bicycle manufacturer - Hero Cycles.[29] He has also hosted the seventh season of the successful TV show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7.[30] As of 2017, he also endorses Smith & Jones ketchup, condiments and sauces,[31] and Admiral England Sportswear & Sportshoes.[32][33]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho N/A Nikkhil Advani Assistant director
2005 No Entry N/A Anees Bazmee Associate producer
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love N/A Nikkhil Advani Assistant director
2009 Wanted N/A Prabhu Deva Associate producer
2012 Ishaqzaade Parma "Parvez" Chauhan Habib Faisal Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2013 Aurangzeb Ajay Singh/Vishal Singh Atul Sabharwal
2014 Gunday Bala Bhattacharya Ali Abbas Zafar
2 States Krish Malhotra Abhishek Varman
Finding Fanny Savio Da Gama Homi Adajania
2015 Tevar Ghanshyam "Pintoo" Shukla Amit Sharma
2016 Ki & Ka Kabir "Ka" Bansal R. Balki
2017 Half Girlfriend Madhav Jha Mohit Suri
Mubarakan Karanveer "Karan" Singh Bajwa/Charanveer "Charan" Singh Bajwa Anees Bazmee
2018 Bhavesh Joshi Superhero N/A Vikramaditya Motwane Special appearance
Namaste England Paramjit "Param" Randhawa Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Zero N/A Anand L. Rai Special appearancee
2019 India's Most Wanted Prabhat Kumar Raj Kumar Gupta
Panipat Sadashiv Rao Bhau Ashutosh Gowarikar
2020 Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar  Pinkesh "Pinky" Dahiya Dibakar Banerjee Releasing on 20 March 2020
Untiled film TBA Kaashvie Nair Filming[34]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 16th IIFA Awards Host TV special
2016 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7 Reality Show
2018 Koffee with Karan Guest Talk Show S6/E6

AwardsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result
2012 Ishaqzaade Bhaskar Bollywood Awards Fresh Entry of the Year Nominated[35]
People's Choice Awards India Favorite Debut Actor (Male/Female) Nominated[36]
PowerBrands Rising Stars Award Hall of Fame Rising Star Won[37][38]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Male Won[39]
2013 Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Nominated[40]
ETC Bollywood Business Awards Most Profitable Debut (Male) Nominated[41]
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Male Nominated[42]
Zee Cine Awards Best Male Debut Won[43]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Won[44]
Renault Star Guild Awards Best Male Debut Nominated[45]
Times of India Film Awards Best Debut – Male Nominated[46]
International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA Awards) Best Debut – Male Nominated
2014 2 States Stardust Awards Best Actor – Comedy/Romance Nominated[47]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Male Nominated[48]
Gunday Stardust Awards Best Actor – Thriller/Action Nominated[47]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Film – Male Won[citation needed]
2015 2 States Star Guild Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[49]
Screen Awards Best Actor (Popular Choice) Nominated[50]
IIFA Awards Best Actor Nominated[51]

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External linksEdit

  1. ^ "Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh honoured in Dubai". gulfnews.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.