B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Anil Kapoor was born on December 24, 1958 in Chembur, Mumbai. His father Surinder Kapoor was secretary to film actors Geeta Bali and Shammi Kapoor. Anil Kapoor grew up in a filmy environment and was very close to Raj Kapoor’s family. Anil did his schooling from OLPS School. While doing his junior college, Anil Kapoor worked as an assistant director for Ponga Pandit (1975). He joined St. Xaviers College, but was suspended in 2nd year. He tried to join Pune Film Institute, but failed in the written examination. He then joined Roshan Taneja’s acting school. Anil Kapoor’s first film was Humhare Tumhare (1979), where he had a minor role. He also went onto play small parts in Hum Paanch (1980) and Ramesh Sippy’s Shakti (1982). Anil Kapoor’s first big film was Woh 7 Din (1983). His performance was liked by everyone, and Anil Kapoor became a famous name. Later, He also won all the acclaim for his performances in Mashaal (1984) and Andar Baahar (1984). In 1985, his films Saaheb, Mohabbat, Meri Jung and Yudh were hits and Anil Kapoor’s performance was acclaimed in all these films. By the end of 1985, Anil Kapoor was considered as the next best thing to Hindi films.
Ever since, Anil Kapoor has been one of the most consistent actors of hindi films. His other most prominent films in late 80s were Mr. India (1987), Tezaab (1988), Parinda (1989), Ram Lakhan (1989) and Eeshwar (1989). His performance for Lamhe (for which he shaved his moustache) was appreciated, but the film didi not do well. During this period, Anil Kapoor made a hit pair with Madhuri Dixit and did around half a dozen films with her. Their next big hit together was Beta (1992). However, he had a very bad period from 1993 to 1996, when all of his films flopped except Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1942: A Love Story (1994).
Anil Kapoor’s comeback film was Virasat (1997), for which he was acclaimed all over. He stole the show in Subhash Ghai’s Taal (1999) with his loud but endearing performance. Later, he gave a national-award winning performance in Pukar (2000).
Anil Kapoor has remained quite consistent over all these years. His performance in Nayak (2001) is considered one of his best ever. Though he had a below average career graph between 2002-2004, He more than made up for it by giving 3 back-to-back mind blowing performances in No Entry (2005), My Wife’s Murder (2005) and Chocolate (2005). In between, He was appreciated for his performance in Musafir (2004). After a low 2006, Anil Kapoor came back with two contrasting characters but marvellous performances in Salaam-E-Ishq (2007) and Welcome (2007). Both being multi-starrers, but Anil Kapoor stood out in his way, as always.
In 2008, Anil Kapoor’s release Black & White won critical fame. Anil also has Tashan, his first film with Yashraj since Lamhe. His other film in hand is Subhash Ghai’s Yuvraj, which also stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.
Anil Kapoor has won Filmfare award on 5 occasions – Best actor in 1988 and 1992 for Tezaab and Beta respectively, Best Actor (Critics’) for Virasat in 1997, and Best Supporting Actor in 1984 and 1999 for Mashaal and Taal respectively. He was also awarded the National award for Best Actor for his performance in Pukar in 2000.
Anil Kapoor has also produced films like Badhai Ho Badhai (2002), My Wife’s Murder (2005) and Gandhi My Father (2007). His father Surinder Kapoor is a film producer, and his elder brother Boney Kapoor too is a famous producer. His younger brother Sanjay Kapoor is an actor. His daughter Sonam Kapoor made her debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya.