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Pankaj Kapur (born 29 May 1954) is an Indian actor who has worked in Hindi theatre, television and films. He is the father of actor Shahid Kapoor with his first wife, Neelima Azeem. He has appeared in several television serials and films. His most acclaimed film roles to date have been that of Inspector P.K. in Raakh (1989), Dr. Dipankar Roy in Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991) and Abba ji, (based on Shakespeare's King Duncan) in Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Macbeth; Maqbool (2004), all three roles which got him National Film Awards.
|Born||29 May 1954|
|Alma mater||National School of Drama|
|Occupation||Actor, Story writer, Screenwriter, Director|
(m. 1979; div. 1984)
|Relatives||Dina Pathak (Mother-In-law)|
Ratna Pathak (Sister-in-law)
Naseeruddin Shah (co-brother)
In the 1980s, he became a household name through the TV series Karamchand, a comedy television series in the detective genre. And in the millennium, Office Office, a comic satire on prevalent corruption in India.
Early & Personal LifeEdit
Pankaj Kapur was born on 29 May 1954 in Ludhiana, Punjab. He completed his education in Punjab and developed a keen interest in theatre and acting while growing up. He then enrolled in the National School of Drama to pursue his interest.
After graduating from National School of Drama, he did theatre for the next four years, until he was offered a role in Gandhi by Richard Attenborough. Over the years, as a director, he has done over 74 plays and serials, including Mohandas B.A.L.L.B., Wah Bhai Wah, Sahabji Biwiji Ghulamji and Drishtanth, Kanak Di Balli, Albert's Bridge and Panchvan Savaar.
He made his film debut with Shyam Benegal's film Arohan (1982). Following that he played Mahatma Gandhi's second secretary, Pyarelal, in the Richard Attenborough film Gandhi in 1982. Later he dubbed for Ben Kingsley in the Hindi version of the film.
Thereafter he appeared in a string of art films that came under the parallel cinema category, with leading art films directors, starting with Shyam Benegal's Mandi (1983), Kundan Shah's comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro again in 1983. This was followed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza satirical Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984), Mrinal Sen's Khandhar (1984), and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's suspense thriller Khamosh in 1985. He appeared in a number of art films, many of which went on to win National Film Awards.
In 1986, he switched to television, with the role of Karamchand jasoos(detective) in the detective-comedy, Karamchand, also starring Sushmita Mukherjee. Over the years he has been seen in numerous TV serials, including, Kab Tak Pukaroon (Doordarshan) Zabaan Sambhaal Ke (a remake of the English TV series, Mind Your Language), Lifeline with Vijaya Mehta, Neem ka Ped and finally comic interludes in Philips Top 10.
Meanwhile, his tryst with art cinema continued, as he starred in films like Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986), Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986), and Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin (1987). In 1987, his comic side was visible again in the commercial action film Jalwa, also starring Naseeruddin Shah.
His strongest performance in the early part of his career came from his lead role of struggling scientist in the film Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991), for which he was awarded the 1991 National Film Award – Special Jury Award.
In 2000 he returned to television with the serial Office Office a satirical take on the prevalent corruption in India.
In 2003 he appeared in Maqbool, Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. His antagonistic performance as the short-statured, potbellied, shuffle-footed Abbaji in Maqbool got him the 2004 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. Meanwhile, he released films like The Blue Umbrella (2005), Dus (2005) and Halla Bol (2007). In 2006, he started to be seen again on TV. In the TV series, Naya Office Office, a sequel to his previous series Office Office.
On 11 January 2013, the Vishal Bharadwaj-directed film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, starring Kapur was released.
|1981||Hari Hondal Bargadar : Share Cropper|
|1981||Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya|
|1983||Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro||Tarneja|
|1983||Mandi||Shanti Devi's Assistant|
|1984||Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!|
|1986||Chameli Ki Shaadi||Kallumal "Koylawala"|
|1986||Ek Ruka Hua Faisla||Juror #3||TV adaptation of 12 Angry Men|
|1987||Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin||Rohit|
|1988||Main Zinda Hoon|
|1989||Raakh||Inspector P.K||National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1989||Marhi Da Deeva||Raunaki||Punjabi film|
|1989||Kamla Ki Maut||Sudhakar Patel|
|1990||Ek Doctor Ki Maut||Dr. Dipankar Roy||National Film Award – Special Jury Award|
|1990||Shadyantra||Sub-Inspector Tabrez Mohammad 'Tabbu' Khan|
|1993||The Burning Season||Ashok Sarkar|
|1995||Ram Jaane||Pannu Technicolor|
|1997||Rui Ka Bojh|
|2002||Jackpot Do Karode||Rana|
|2003||Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon||Satyaprakash|
|2003||Maqbool||Jahangir Khan (Abbaji)||National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2005||The Blue Umbrella||Nand Kishore|
|2005||Sehar||Prof. Bhole Shankar Tiwari|
|2009||Love Khichdi||Subramani in Dream Fantasy|
|2010||Happi||Happi||Film released on ZEE5|
|2011||Chala Musaddi Office Office||Musaddi Lal Tripathi|
|2013||Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola||Harry Mandola|
|2014||Finding Fanny||Don Pedro||Konkani-English film|
|2018||Toba Tek Singh||Toba Tek Singh|||
|2021||Jersey||Coach||Releasing on 5 November|
- Karamchand (Season 1) (1985–1988)
- Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne (1989-1990)
- Zabaan Sambhalke (Season 1) (1993-1994) as Mohan Bharti
- Neem Ka Ped (1991) as Budhai Ram
- Phatichar (1991)
- Lifeline with Vijaya Mehta
- Zabaan Sambhalke (Season 2) (1997-1998) as Mohan Bharti
- Mohandas B.A.L.L.B. (1997-1998)
- Office Office (2000) as Musaddi Lal
- Bharat Ek Khoj
- Tehreer as Munshi Premchand Ki – Godaan by Doordarshan (2004)
- Kab Tak Pukaroon
- Naya Office Office (2006–2009)
- Karamchand (Season 2) (2007)
- JL50 (2020)
Live Action FilmsEdit
|Film Title||Actor(s)||Character(s)||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Year release||Dub Year release||Notes|
|Gandhi||Ben Kingsley||Mahatma Gandhi||Hindi||English||1982||1982||Pankaj also played Mahatma Gandhiji's Assistant Pyarelal Nayyar in movie|
- 1989 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, Raakh
- 1990: Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Raakh
- 1991: National Film Award – Special Jury Award: Ek Doctor Ki Maut
- 1997: Screen Award for Best Actor in a Television Series for Neem Ka Ped
- 1997: Screen Award for Best Actor/Anchor in a Film-based Programme for Colgate Top 10
- 2002: Indian Telly Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Office Office
- 2003: Indian Telly Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Office Office
- 2004: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, Maqbool
- 2005: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, Maqbool
- 2006: Nominated: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Dus
- 2007–08 Best Actor National Award by Journalist Association of India
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