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Arjun Kapoor (pronounced [ɐrˈɟun kəˈpuːr]; born 26 June 1985) is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films.[2] He is the son of film producers Boney Kapoor and Mona Shourie Kapoor. After working as an assistant director and associate producer on several films, including Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and Wanted (2009), he made his acting debut with Habib Faisal's romantic drama Ishaqzaade (2012), for which he was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.

Arjun Kapoor
Arjun Kapoor at film promotions of Mubarakan.jpg
Kapoor at a promotional event for Mubarakan in 2017
Born (1985-06-26) 26 June 1985 (age 33)[1]
Years active2003–present
Parent(s)Boney Kapoor (father)
Mona Shourie Kapoor (mother)
RelativesSee Kapoor family

Kapoor then portrayed a coal bandit in the action film Gunday (2014), an aspiring writer in the romance 2 States (2014) and a stay-at-home husband in the romantic comedy Ki & Ka (2016). He then starred as a college student in the romantic drama Half Girlfriend (2017), a dual role in the comedy Mubarakan (2017), and a young guy in the romantic comedy Namaste England (2018).


Early lifeEdit

Kapoor was born into a Punjabi family[3] on 26 June 1985[1] in Bombay, Maharashtra to the Hindi film producer, Boney Kapoor and the entrepreneur Mona Shourie Kapoor.[4][5] 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.[6] The actress Sridevi was his stepmother, and he also has two half-sisters, Khushi and Janhvi Kapoor.[7] 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."[8] Arjun also said that "We don't really meet and spend time together so it doesn't really exist,"[9] His mother died in 2012.

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.[4] 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".[10] Arjun Kapoor has confirmed in an interview with Karan Johar that he is dating Malaika Arora. [11]


Kapoor's first job in the film industry was as an assistant director on Nikhil Advani's Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2003.[12] 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).[12] Kapoor was then signed on for a three-film contract with Yash Raj Films, a leading production company in India.[13]

2012–2016: Debut, breakthrough, and commercial successEdit

In 2011, Kapoor was signed by Yash Raj Films to make his film debut with the drama Virus Diwan. After some days, the film was delayed to be released and the company opted Kapoor out of the project. He then finally signed Habib Faisal's romantic thriller Ishaqzaade (2012), which he began filming in June 2011. Co-starring Parineeti Chopra, the film centers on the story of two political families (one of Hindus and another of Muslims), in which the son of the Hindu family (played by Kapoor) falls in love with the daughter of the Muslim family (played by Chopra). Upon release, Ishaqzaade received positive reviews, and grossed 46 crore (US$6.7 million) domestically, becoming a major commercial success and one of the top-grossing productions of the year. Kapoor received numerous accolades for his performance, including the Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut and a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.

Kapoor found no success in his second movie, the crime thriller Aurangzeb (2013), directed by debutant Atul Sabarwal, in which he portrayed twin brothers named Ajay and Vishal. Co-starring Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Amrita Singh, and Anupam Kher, the film garnered negative response from critics to emerge as a flop.

Kapoor starred in three films in 2014, the first of which was Ali Abbas Zafar's action thriller Gunday. Co-starring Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra, it became a financial success. Kapoor achieved further success later that year when he appeared in Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala's joint production 2 States, a romantic comedy based on a novel of the same name. Directed by Abhishek Varman, it is about the story of a fresh engineer (played by him) who goes to pursue his MBA studies in Gujarat where he begins a relationship with a Tamil Brahmin (played by Alia Bhatt). The film earned over 1.7 billion (US$25 million) worldwide and became one of the top-grossing productions of the year. Kapoor's final appearance of the year was in Homi Adajania's Finding Fanny, a story of five dysfunctional persons (played by him, Deepika Padukone, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur, and Naseeruddin Shah) who set out on a road trip in search of a woman named Fanny (played by Anjali Patil). Finding Fanny under-performed at the box office.

Kapoor's only release of 2015 was Amit Sharma's directorial debut Tevar, an official remake of the 2003 blockbuster action drama Okkadu. Co-starring alongside Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee, Kapoor was cast as Pintoo Shukla, a Kabbadi player who falls in love with a civilian. The film, however, proved to be a critical and commercial failure with a worldwide gross of 53 crore (US$8.1 million) on a budget of 40 crore (US$5.3 million).

After finishing the duty of hosting the seventh season of Colors TV's reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi, Kapoor took on a starring role in R. Balki's Ki & Ka (2016), a satirical romantic comedy about gender stereotypes, in which he portrayed a stay-at-home husband of an ambitious woman (played by Kareena Kapoor). Eventually, the film emerged as a critical and commercial success with a global revenue of 1.02 billion (US$15 million) on a budget of 200 million (US$2.09 million).

2017–present: Career fluctationsEdit

In his first of two releases in 2017, Kapoor portrayed a poor boy from Bihar who did not speak English well and to practice it goes to a college where he comes attracted towards a singer (played by Shraddha Kapoor), in Mohit Suri's romance Half Girlfriend, an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's 2014 novel of the same name. Later in 2017, Kapoor portrayed twin brothers for the second time in his career in Anees Bazmee's comedy-drama Mubarakan alongside his uncle Anil Kapoor. It also starred Athiya Shetty and Ileana D'Cruz as the love interests of the twin brothers played by him. Both Half Girlfriend and Mubarakan, however, were commercially unsuccessful.

The series of commercial failures continued with Kapoor's next release–the Vipul Shah directed-romantic comedy Namaste England (2018)–a reboot of the 2007 film Namastey London. Kapoor portrayed Param Randhawa, a agricultural university graduater who falls for an ambitious educated woman (played by Parineeti Chopra). The film grossed 4.5 crore on its budget of 54 crore.

In 2019, Kapoor will star in Raj Kumar Gupta's thriller India's Most Wanted and will reunite with Parineeti Chopra in Dibakar Banerjee's black comedy-drama Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. Also that year, he will feature in Ashutosh Gowarikar's period war drama Panipat. Based on the 3rd battle of Panipat, Kapoor will portray Sadashiv Rao Bhau. The following year, he will star alongside Amrita Puri in Anurag Singh's comedy-drama Singh & Kaur, a remake of the 2013 Punjabi film Singh vs Kaur.

Off-screen workEdit

Kapoor is a celebrity endorser for various brands and products, and is also the co-owner of the ISL team FC Pune City.[14] In 2014 and again in 2015, he supported and endorsed the Earth Hour initiative in India.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] In 2017, Arjun joined hands with the global movement and campaign to empower and educate women - Girl Rising.[18] Philips also roped him as the brand ambassador for its 'Male Grooming' business.[19] He is also a brand ambassador for Flying Machine and Royal Stag along with Ranveer Singh.[20][21] Kapoor co-hosted the IIFA Awards ceremony in 2015 with Singh.[22] Arjun was also the brand ambassador for the world's leading bicycle manufacturer - Hero Cycles.[23] He has also hosted the seventh season of the successful TV show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7.[24] As of 2017, he also endorses Smith & Jones ketchup, condiments and sauces,[25] and Admiral England Sportswear & Sportshoes.[26][27]


Arjun Kapoor at the screening of D-Day, 2013
Year Film Role Director Notes
2012 Ishaqzaade Parma Chauhan / Pervez Habib Faisal Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2013 Aurangzeb Ajay Singh / Vishal Singh Atul Sabarwal
2014 Gunday Bala Bhattacharya Ali Abbas Zafar Nominated– Stardust Award for Best Actor in a Thriller or Action
2 States Krish Malhotra Abhishek Varman Nominated– Stardust Award for Best Actor in a Comedy or Romance Nominated– IIFA Award for Best Actor
Finding Fanny Savio Da Gama Homi Adajania
2015 Tevar Ghanshyam Shukla / Pintoo Amit Sharma
2016 Ki & Ka Kabir Bansal / Ka R. Balki
2017 Half Girlfriend Madhav Jha Mohit Suri
Mubarakan Karan Singh Bajwa / Charan Singh Bajwa Anees Bazmee
2018 Bhavesh Joshi Superhero Himself Vikramaditya Motwane Special appearance
Namaste England Paramjeet Randhawa / Param Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Zero Himself Anand L. Rai Special appearancee
2019 India's Most Wanted   Prabhat Kapoor[28] Raj Kumar Gupta Post-production
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar   Satinder Singh / Sandeep Dibakar Banerjee Post-production Asambhav Captin Aryan
Panipat   Sadashiv Rao Bhau Ashutosh Gowarikar Filming

As a crew memberEdit

Year Film Role
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Assistant director
2005 No Entry Associate producer
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Vinay Malhotra Seema wife
2009 Wanted Associate producer


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

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result
2012 Ishaqzaade Bhaskar Bollywood Awards Fresh Entry of the Year Nominated[29]
People's Choice Awards India Favorite Debut Actor (Male/Female) Nominated[30]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Male Won[31]
2013 Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Nominated[32]
ETC Bollywood Business Awards Most Profitable Debut (Male) Nominated[33]
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Male Nominated[34]
Zee Cine Awards Best Male Debut Won[35]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Won[36]
Renault Star Guild Awards Best Male Debut Nominated[37]
Times of India Film Awards Best Debut – Male Nominated[38]
International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA Awards) Best Debut – Male Nominated
2014 2 States Stardust Awards Best Actor – Comedy/Romance Nominated[39]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Male Nominated[40]
Gunday Stardust Awards Best Actor – Thriller/Action Nominated[39]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Film – Male Won[41]
2015 2 States Star Guild Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[42]
Screen Awards Best Actor (Popular Choice) Nominated[43]
IIFA Awards Best Actor Nominated[44]


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