mithun shettywrote on May 30 2009 2:45PM
Shekhar Kapur born 6 December 1945 is an Indian film actor director and producer.Shekar Kapur was born in Lahore, Pakistan to Kulbhushan Kapur, a doctor who had a flourishing practice and mother, Sheel Kanta, a journalist and a keen actress who performed on stage.
At 22, Kapur became a chartered accountant, having studied accountancy to please his parents.The nephew of actors Vijay Anand and Dev Anand, Kapur was discouraged to get into show business by his father.
He acted in films directed by his uncle such as "Ishq Ishq Ishq" but was not great as a actor.He also starred in offbeat films which were duds at the box office.Shekhar Kapur started his career working with a multi-national oil company. He moved to Great Britain, and spent several years working as an accountant and management consultant.
He started his career as actor in the movie' 'tute khilone' in Bollywood and then directing the Hindi films Masoom (1983) and the 1987 science-fiction film Mr India, which were blockbusters in their own right.
In 1994 he directed the critically acclaimed Bandit Queen.Kapur played a cameo in Bandit Queen, as a truck driver, and has appeared in several Hindi TV serials like Khandaan, Udaan, but his career never took off as an actor.
Some scenes of the movie Joshilay (1989) which starred Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Meenakshi Sheshadri were directed by Kapur and he also directed the incomplete 1992 Hindi film Time Machine. In 1996, he partly directed Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff and Manisha Koirala starrer Dushmani.
In 1998, he got international recognition for directing the Academy Award-winning period film Elizabeth. He was accused of being anti-British by British tabloids, for the way he portrayed the British Army and the Empire in the 2002 movie The Four Feathers. This was heightened by the fact that during an interview for the DVD release of the Four Feathers, he spoke favorably of the fanatical religious leader depicted in the film (the Mahdi). His works include Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), both fictionalized accounts of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I; the 1998 movie was nominated for 7 Oscars and the sequel has been nominated for 2 Oscars.
In 2000, he was awarded the state honour, Padma Shri.Kapur was the executive producer of the film The Guru. He also established an Indian talkies film company with Ram Gopal Verma and Mani Ratnam. This company has thus far produced only one film, Dil Se (1998) starring Shahrukh Khan & Manisha Koirala.
Kapur was also executive producer of the Bollywood-themed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams, which has been running in the West End, London since 2002, and on Broadway in New York City since 2004.His future projects include Long Walk to Freedom, Paani, The Last Full Measure.
He was married to singer and actress Suchitra Krishnamoorthi and has a daughter Kaveri, but they divorced in February 2007.