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Rajat Kapoor (Hindi: रजत कपूर) is an Indian actor, writer and director born in 1961. Kapoor was born in Delhi, India. As a teenager he would watch films with his family and decided to become a filmmaker at the age of 14. He mainly focused on acting at first. In 1983 he joined the theatre group Chingari in Delhi, later moving to Pune to attend the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).[2]

Rajat Kapoor
Rajat Kapoor.jpg
Kapoor in 2011
Born (1961-02-11) 11 February 1961 (age 58)
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Meenal Agarwal[1]
ChildrenRabia, Vivan



Kapoor started out in Parallel Cinema making his debut in the 1989 Kumar Shahani film Khayal Gatha. When he had trouble finding acting jobs in the 1990s, Kapoor began writing and directing shorts. He made his full length directorial debut with Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One (1997), which had Irrfan Khan and Naseeruddin Shah in minor roles. In 2001, Kapoor got his big mainstream break in Dil Chahta Hai, which starred Aamir Khan, as uncle of Preity Zinta's character. He received international attention in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding in which he played an abusive uncle. Since then, he has written, directed and appeared in many critically acclaimed films including Corporate, Bheja Fry, and also as Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a UK television film The Last Days of the Raj in 2007. In 2003, he wrote and directed the independent film Raghu Romeo which he financed by sending e-mail requests for money to his friends. Although it was not a box office success, the film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Kapoor then directed and starred in Mixed Doubles, a film that deals with Swinging in contemporary Mumbai.[2] He was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor for Siddharth: The Prisoner at the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In the year 2010, he has also starred in a Bengali movie Iti Mrinalini opposite Konkona Sen directed by acclaimed Bengali film writer Aparna Sen. Kapoor frequently collaborates with actors Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey. He is also a three time National Award winner, first for his 26-minute non-feature documentary, Tarana, then for his short, Hypnothesis, and after that for Raghu Romeo in Best Feature Film in Hindi section.[3]

Apart from films, Kapoor hosts the tri-weekly chat show Lounge telecasted by NDTV Good Times.[4] He also worked in television shows, including Rishtey which was aired on Zee TV in the episode 'Milan'.[5] Rajat Kapoor is working on his next film 'R Kay' using the crowdfunding platform to finance the movie. [6]

Personal lifeEdit

Kapoor married Meenal Agarwal, a photographer-production designer in 1996[7] and has two children, a daughter Rabia and a son Vivan. He did his schooling in Happy school daryaganj padam chand marg road.


Year Film Functioned As Notes
Director Producer Screenwriter Actor Role
1989 Khayal Gatha Yes Several characters Filmfare Award Best Film (Critics)
Premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival
1994 Tarana Yes Short
1996 Hypnothesis Yes Short
1997 Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One Yes Yes
2000 Tonight No Show Yes Short
2001 Must Tell Her... That I Love Her Yes Short
Jojo and the Chair Yes Short
Dil Chahta Hai Yes Mahesh
Monsoon Wedding Yes Tej Puri
2003 Raghu Romeo Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
Mudda: The Issue Yes Harphool Singh
2004 Tum Yes Vinod Gupta
2005 Dhadkanein Yes
Kisna: The Warrior Poet Yes Prince Raghuraj
Chehraa Yes
2006 Mixed Doubles Yes Yes Yes Vinod
Corporate Yes Vinay Sehgal
Yun Hota To Kya Hota Yes US Consulate Officer
Bombay Skies Yes Anand Short
Anuranan Yes Amit Bannerjee Made In Bengali & Hindi Language
2007 The Last Days of the Raj Yes Muhammad Ali Jinnah TV Movie
Bheja Fry Yes Ranjeet Thadani
Apna Asmaan Yes Dr. Sen
Hamlet: The Clown Prince Yes Play
Khoya Khoya Chand Yes Prem Kumar
2008 Mithya Yes Yes
Gateway To Hollywood[8] Judge Reality Show
Krazzy 4 Yes Ravi K. Sanyal
Via Darjeeling Yes Ronodeep 'Rono' Sen
Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na Yes Mahesh – Meghna's Dad
Hulla Yes Janardhan
Dasvidaniya Yes Rajiv Jhulka
2009 I M 24 Yes Shubendu Roy
Ek Tho Chance Yes
Siddharth: The Prisoner Yes Siddharth Roy
Teree Sang Yes Maahi's Father
Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi? Yes Yes Yes Rahul Kapoor
2010 Rann Yes Naveen Shankalya
That Girl in Yellow Boots Yes Man Who Steps Out of Elevator Premiered in South Asian International Film Festival 2010
Pappu Can't Dance Saala Yes Palash Premiered in South Asian International Film Festival 2010
...And Once Again Yes Hrishikesh Nag
Iti Mrinalini Yes Siddhartha Sarkar Made In Bengali Language
Phas Gaye Re Obama Yes Om Shastri
2011 Jo Dooba So Paar: It's Love In Bihar! Yes Superintendent of Police
Nothing Like Lear Yes Play
2012 Agent Vinod Yes ISI chief Lt-Gen Iftekhar Ahmed
Fatso! Yes Yes
The Owner Yes
10ml Love Yes Ghalib
Midnight's Children Yes Aadam Aziz
2013 Carpet Boy Yes Ehsaan Khan
2014 Ankhon Dekhi Yes Yes Yes Rishi Won – Star Screen Award for Best Story
Won - Filmfare award for Best Story
Won - Filmare Critics award for Best Film
2015 Drishyam Yes IG Meera Deshmukh's Husband
X: Past Is Present Yes K
2016 Kapoor & Sons Yes Harsh Kapoor Nominated - Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor
Mantra Yes Kapil Kapoor
2017 Rat Race - Ek Andhi Daud Yes Akhil Short
2018 Pari Yes Professor Quasim Aali [9]
2018 Mulk Yes Danish Javed[10]


  1. ^ Jagan, Negi (25 February 2006). "Big on the small film". Telegraph portal. The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b Big on the small film
  3. ^ "Gateway- Rajat Kapoor".
  4. ^ "Lounge".
  5. ^ "MILAN". Rishtey Portal. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  6. ^ India, Press Trust of (29 January 2018). "Rajat Kapoor plans to make 'RK/R Kay' through crowdfunding". Business Standard India. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  7. ^ Nichola, Pais (19 December 2014). ""Marriage is meant to last" – Rajat Kapoor". FPJ Desk. Free Press Journal. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Sony Pix announces winner of Gateway". 13 May 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Pari new screamer: Anushka Sharma will scare the living daylights out of you". 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Rishi Kapoor surprises fans with his new look for Mulq. Then shares 102 Not Out bonanza pic". 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.

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