Shakti Kapoor (born Sunil Kapoor; 3 September 1952)[2] is an Indian actor and comedian who appears in Bollywood films. Known for his villainous and comic roles in Hindi films, he has featured in over 600 films.[3][4] In the 1980s and 1990s, Kapoor teamed up with actor Asrani and Kader Khan as the comical or evil team in over 100 films.[5] He was a contestant in the Indian reality show Bigg Boss in 2011.

Shakti Kapoor
Kapoor in 2011
Sunil Kapoor

(1952-09-03) 3 September 1952 (age 71)
Alma materKirori Mal College
Film and Television Institute of India
Years active1974–present
Shivangi Kapoor
(m. 1982)
FamilySee Kapoor family and Mangeshkar-Hardikar-Abhisheki-Kolhapure family (in-laws)

Early life Edit

Kapoor was born in Delhi into a Punjabi Hindu family. His father ran a clothes shop in Connaught Place, New Delhi. After a long struggle in Bollywood, Kapoor was spotted by Sunil Dutt while he was making Rocky to launch his son Sanjay Dutt. He was then cast as the antagonist in the movie. But Dutt felt that his name "Sunil Kapoor" wouldn't do justice to his villainous stint and hence, "Shakti Kapoor" was born.[6][7]

Personal life Edit

Kapoor is married to Shivangi Kapoor (elder sister of actresses Padmini Kolhapure and Tejaswini Kolhapure) and has two children, a son Siddhanth Kapoor and a daughter Shraddha Kapoor. He resides in Juhu, Mumbai.[8]

Career Edit

As a struggler in Bollywood, initially Shakti Kapoor did many inconsequential roles in movies, all the while looking out for a suitable role as a leading man. He started his Bollywood journey with movie Khel Khilari Ka (starring Darmendra and Hema Malini) in 1977. The years 1980–81 established Shakti Kapoor as an actor in Bollywood with two of his movies, where he was villain – Qurbani and Rocky. In 1983, Kapoor had roles in Himmatwala and the Subhash Ghai directed movie Hero. Kapoor had played villain roles in both these movies.

In the 1990s, he often diversified to positive comic roles and performed them with equal finesse in movies like Raja Babu.[9] He has been nominated for the Filmfare Award in the Best Comedian category and won once, for his performance as Nandu in David Dhawan's film, Raja Babu. Some of his comic roles have been as Inspector Bhinde in Insaaf, Prasad in Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri, Crime Master Gogo in Andaz Apna Apna, Tohfa, as Batuknath in ChaalBaaz and as Goonga in Bol Radha Bol.

Kapoor has been a reference for mimicry artistes who emulate his style and dialogues such as "Aaaooo Lolita" from the movie Tohfa, "Main Nanha sa Chotta sa Bachcha Hoon" from the movie Chaalbaaz and "Nandu sabka bandhu, samajhta nahi hai yaar" from the movie Raja Babu.[10][11] Since 2000, Kapoor is a regular fixture in Priyadarshan films like Hungama, Hulchul, Chup Chup Ke, Malamaal Weekly and the Malayalam remake Bhagam Bhag. He also acted in a few Bengali films of Kolkata, Odia film and in an Assamese feature film. In 2011, he was in the reality television show Bigg Boss 5 as one of the contestants. He has appeared in the musical comedy Aasman Se Gire Khajoor Pe Atke[12] with his sister-in-law Padmini Kolhapure. He is also the brand ambassador of Servokon.[13]

Controversies Edit

In March 2005, India TV released a video allegedly showing Shakti Kapoor asking for sexual favour from an undercover reporter posing as an aspiring actress, in return for entry into the film industry. He told the undercover reporter: "I want to make love to you ... kiss you"[14] According to India TV, this was a sting operation to expose the phenomenon of casting couch prevalent in Bollywood. This incident sparked a controversy in Bollywood and Kapoor was banned by the Film & Television Producers Guild of India. Association of Indian Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers decided not to ban him as no allegations against him were proved. One week later, however, the Film & Television Producers Guild lifted the ban.[15]

Kapoor claimed that the video clip in question was doctored and he has been framed. He said that the undercover reporter met him several times and threatened to commit suicide if he did not come to the hotel room she had booked.[16]

Accolades Edit

Year Award Category Film Result
1984 Filmfare Awards Best Performance in a Comic Role Mawaali Nominated
1985 Tohfa Nominated
1995 Raja Babu Won[17]
Andaz Apna Apna Nominated
1997 Loafer Nominated
1998 Judwaa Nominated

Filmography Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Nair, Kalpana (17 July 2015). "Beti Bachao: Shakti Kapoor wants Shraddha married in 3 years". Firstpost. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  2. ^ Anubha Sawhney (3 August 2003). "Shakti Kapoor: The role of a lifetime". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Shakti Kapoor Films". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  4. ^ Sharma, Isha (29 June 2015). "5 Reasons Shakti Kapoor Is The Complete Rockstar He Is". Indiatimes. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  5. ^ "'Girls called me the sexiest villain'". Rediff. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Happy Birthday Shakti Kapoor: Little Known Facts About Our Favorite Villain". 3 September 2022. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Shakti Kapoor: It is sad that only negative aspects of the film industry gets highlighted". 6 October 2021. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  8. ^ "Shakti Kapoor's luxurious home on Juhu beach". 6 October 2021. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  9. ^ Desk, India TV News (2 September 2015). "List of 5 best roles of Shakti Kapoor | IndiaTV News". Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  10. ^ I don't believe in the casting couch at all,, retrieved 17 March 2013
  11. ^ "Best Shakti Kapoor characters". Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  12. ^ [1], [2], [3]
  13. ^ "Servokon Systems Limited TV Commerical [sic] Released Featuring Mr Shakti Kapoor". Archived from the original on 20 October 2022.
  14. ^ Ramesh, Randeep (16 March 2005). "Bollywood baddie shown as casting couch villain". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  15. ^ Bhattacharya, Chandrima (15 March 2005). "Casting couch divide runs deep". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 March 2005. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  16. ^ Prasad, Raekha (16 March 2005). "I've been framed, says Bollywood villain". Times Online. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  17. ^ "SHAKTI KAPOOR AWARDS". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 September 2022.

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