For Kunal, the son of Shashi Kapoor, see Kunal Kapoor (Kapoor family).
Kunal Kapoor (born in Mumbai, India) is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi cinema.
Kapoor was born in Mumbai to a family who originally came from Amritsar. In February 2015, he married Naina Bachchan, a niece of Amitabh Bachchan, at a private family ceremony in the Seychelles.
Kapoor trained for an acting career under Barry John, and became a part of Motley, a theatre group run by Naseerudin Shah. He began his career as an assistant director of Aks, which starred Manoj Bajpayee and in which Amitabh Bachchan played a major character role, but soon abandoned both theatre and film direction for a career as a film actor.
Kapoor made his movie debut as the male lead opposite Tabu in Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2006) which was helmed by legendary painter MF Hussain. His next film was the 'groundbreaking' Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti (2006), which made him an overnight heartthrob, and Kapoor received a nomination in the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award category (2006). The film was successful both critically and commercially, and it was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2007 BAFTA Awards.
Kapoor subsequently got signed by the prestigious Yash Raj Films (YRF) studio for a three film contract. And appeared in films like Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), Aaja Nachle (2007) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). After this, Kapoor took a break for two years, and appeared next in Rahul Dholakia's Lamhaa (2010) starring Sanjay Dutt, the film did nt do well but Kunal received accolades for his performance as a young Kashmiri politician. That same year (2010), Kapoor voiced the Indian God Rama in Mahayoddha Rama, an animation film made by Raizada Rohit Jaising Vaid. In 2011, he appeared in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Don 2, where his performance was appreciated.
In 2012, Kapoor played the lead role in Sameer Sharma's light-hearted comedy film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. The film received great reviews and was hailed by the critics as being amongst the ten best films of the year. The New York Times reviewed it favourably and called Kapoor the Indian Matthew McCoughnahay. In 2014, he appeared in the off-beat comedy film Kaun kitne paani mein.
Kapoor's forthcoming projects include a film by Anurag Kashyap, where he will play Doga, a popular superhero who features in Raj Comics. He will also appear in Chamkila, a biography of controversial Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila for which he will begin filming in early 2013.
He has endorsed popular brands like Thums Up, Indian Terrain, Ray-Ban, Mahindra Logan and Save the Children charity along with Gwyneth Paltrow.
He is also a trained pilot, and rally car driver. In 2014, he started training for the Formula Three. He also co founded the most popular crowdfunding platform called Ketto, which raises money for social causes. To date, the platform has raised close to 30 million rupees.
In 2009, Kapoor started writing weekly columns for HT City, the lifestyle supplement of the Hindustan Times. These columns ended in November 2009 but still appear online on the social network Desimartini.
2006: Star's Sabsey Favourite Naya Hero,
2007: Stardust Breakthrough Performance, Male,
Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities
Rang De Basanti
Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Saby aka Sarbjeet Singh
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
Bachna Ae Haseeno
Welcome to Sajjanpur
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
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