Sanjana Kapoor

Sanjana Kapoor (born 1967[1]) is an Indian theatre personality and former film actress. She is the daughter of actors Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kapoor. She ran the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai from 1993[2] to February 2012.[3]

Sanjana Kapoor
Kapoor in 2010
Born1967 (age 54–55)
OccupationActor, theatre personality
Spouse(s)Aditya Bhattacharya (divorced)
Valmik Thapar
Parent(s)Shashi Kapoor
Jennifer Kendal
RelativesSee Kapoor family


Sanjana Kapoor with father Shashi Kapoor

Sanjna Kapoor was born in the Kapoor family. Her paternal grandfather was Prithviraj Kapoor and her paternal uncles were Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. Her brothers Kunal Kapoor and Karan Kapoor have also acted in some films. Her maternal grandparents, Geoffrey Kendal and Laura Kendal, were actors who toured India and Asia with their theatre group, Shakespeareana, performing Shakespeare and Shaw. The Merchant Ivory film, Shakespeare Wallah, was loosely based on the family, which starred her father and her aunt, actress Felicity Kendal. Sanjana attended the Bombay International School in Mumbai.

She made her acting debut in the 1981 film 36 Chowringhee Lane which was produced by her father and starred her mother Jennifer Kendal in the lead. She played the younger version of the character her mother played. She later appeared in Utsav (1984), also produced by her father, and played her first leading role in a Bollywood film titled Hero Hiralal (1989), which was successful at the box office.

She then appeared in Mira Nair's critically acclaimed film Salaam Bombay in 1988 but has since quit acting in films, shifting her focus to theatre in the 1990s. In 1991, she played the role of the Japanese wife in the theatre Production of Akira Kurosawa's immortalised film Rashomon based on the Broadway play by Fay and Michael Kanin. She has also acted in A.K. Bir's Aranyaka (1994).

She hosted the Amul India Show on television for three and a half years.

She managed the Prithvi Theatre in Juhu, Mumbai and ran theatre workshops for children till 2011.[4]

In 2011, she announced her decision to leave Prithvi Theatre, and launched Junoon Theatre in 2012, an arts based organization which would work with traveling groups; staging plays at smaller venues across India.[3]

Sanjna Kapoor was awarded the French honour of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) for her outstanding contribution to theatre in 2020.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Sanjana Kapoor has been married twice. Her first husband was actor and director Aditya Bhattacharya[6] (famous for Mandi and Raakh), son of filmmaker Basu Bhattacharya and Rinki Bhattacharya (daughter of noted filmmaker Bimal Roy).

Kapoor then married the tiger conservationist, Valmik Thapar, son of the journalist Romesh Thapar. Valmik is a nephew of JNU historian Romila Thapar (sister of Romesh Thapar). Sanjana and Valmik have a son together, Hamir Thapar.[7]


Year Film Role
1981 36 Chowringhee Lane young Violet
1984 Utsav A courtesan slave in Vasantsena's house
1988 Salaam Bombay! Foreign Reporter
1989 Hero Hiralal Rupa
1994 Aranyaka Elina


  1. ^ "Sanjana Kapoor". The Times of India. 11 December 2002. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  2. ^ "High drama in Prithvi Theatre". The Hindu. 18 December 2005. Archived from the original on 10 January 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ a b "Theatre: A second act of passion". Mint. 17 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Sanjna's passion". The Tribune. 6 August 2000. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  5. ^ PTI (29 January 2020). "Theatre artist Sanjna Kapoor receives French honour". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Sanjana Kapoor". The Times of India. 11 December 2002. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  7. ^ Sawhney, Anubha (18 July 2002). "Hamir spells sonrise for Sanjana". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 August 2015.

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