Rajat Kapoor (Hindi: रजत कपूर) is an Indian actor, writer and director. 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).
Kapoor in 2011
|Occupation||Actor, film director, screenwriter|
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. In 2008 he directed a Sleeper hit called Mithya. Many international critics call it as one of the greatest Black Comedy of all times, a rarely explored genre. He was also 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.
Apart from films, Kapoor hosts the tri-weekly chat show Lounge telecasted by NDTV Good Times. He also worked in television shows, including Rishtey which was aired on Zee TV in the episode 'Milan'. Tired of pitching his stories to investors, Kapoor reached out to his friend Chet Jainn, founder of the crowdfunding platform goCrowdera.com to raise initial seed fund for his next film called "RkRkay". The "RkRkay" crowdfunding campaign went on to successfully raise over ₹35,00,000.
Kapoor married Meenal Agarwal, a photographer-production designer in 1996[dead link] and has two children, a daughter Rabia and a son Vivan. He did his schooling in Happy school Daryaganj Padam Chand Marg.
Awards & RecognitionEdit
Kapoor is 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.
|1989||Khayal Gatha||Yes||Several characters||Filmfare Award Best Film (Critics)|
Premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival
|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|
|Kisna: The Warrior Poet||Yes||Prince Raghuraj|
|Yun Hota To Kya Hota||Yes||US Consulate Officer|
|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|
|Gateway To Hollywood||Judge||Reality Show|
|Krazzy 4||Yes||Ravi K. Sanyal|
|Via Darjeeling||Yes||Ronodeep 'Rono' Sen|
|Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na||Yes||Mahesh Pariyar (Meghna’s Father)|
|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|
|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||Rishi|
|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|
|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||Mahesh Deshmukh, IGP Meera's Husband|
|X: Past Is Present||Yes||K|
|2016||Kapoor & Sons||Yes||Harsh Kapoor||Nominated - Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2017||Rat Race - Ek Andhi Daud||Yes||Akhil||Short|
|2018||Pari||Yes||Professor Quasim Aali|||
|2019||Code M||Yes||Col Suryaveer Chauhan||ALT Balaji web series|
Television and Web (OTT) appearancesEdit
|2020||Code M||Hindi||Col. Suryaveer Chauhan||AltBalaji/Zee5|
|2017-2019||The Good Karma Hospital||English||Amit Nambeesan||ITV|
|2014-2015||Everest||Hindi||Ramesh Rungta||Star Plus|
|2005||C.I.D (two episodes only)||Hindi||Tanuj||Sony TV|
|2000-2003||Gharwali Uparwali (one episode only)||Hindi||Unknown (Please add)||Star Plus|
|1999-2000||Gubbare||HIndi||Unknown (Please add)||Zee TV|
|1994-1998||Junoon||Hindi||Unknown (Please add)||Doordarshan|
- Jagan, Negi (25 February 2006). "Big on the small film". Telegraph portal. The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- Big on the small film
- "MILAN". Rishtey Portal. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- Pani, Priyanka. "A crowd-fund in need is a friend indeed!". @businessline. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
- "How crowdfunding has opened up new avenue of financing for filmmakers". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
- www.ETtech.com. "Actor-director Rajat Kapoor partners Crowdera to raise funds for upcoming movies - ETtech". ETtech.com. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
- India, Press Trust of (29 January 2018). "Rajat Kapoor plans to make 'RK/R Kay' through crowdfunding". Business Standard India. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
- "RK/R Kay - Crowd-Produced Feature Film by Rajat Kapoor by Mithya Talkies". GoCrowdera. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
- Nichola, Pais (19 December 2014). ""Marriage is meant to last" – Rajat Kapoor". FPJ Desk. Free Press Journal. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- "Gateway- Rajat Kapoor".
- "Sony Pix announces winner of Gateway". 13 May 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "Pari new screamer: Anushka Sharma will scare the living daylights out of you". hindustantimes.com/. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- "Rishi Kapoor surprises fans with his new look for Mulq. Then shares 102 Not Out bonanza pic". hindustantimes.com/. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
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