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Overview (3)

Born in Chembur, State of Bombay, India
Nickname Lakkhan
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Living in a Chawl in Tilak Nagar, Punjabi-speaking Anil was born in 1959 to Surinder and Nirmal aka Suchitra Kapoor. He has an elder brother, Boney, a sister, Reena, and a younger brother, Sanjay. His dad used to be Shammi Kapoor's Secretary.

A loner, without many friends, he studied in the nearby O.L.P.S. (Our Lady of Perpetual Succor) School, and was an ardent fan of Bollywood flicks that were telecast during the Ganesh Maha Utsav every year. He was a fan of Raj Kapoor, and it was this that influenced his acting, and people saw him as a mimic of the legendary showman. He landed a role as a child artiste with Shashi Kapoor in the lead, but the movie (Tu Payal Main Geet) was never released.

After school, he went to study in St. Xaviers College. He commuted by bus and train from Chembur to Bombay V.T., and the walked the rest of the way. It was here that he met Mazhar Khan. A distracted Anil was kicked out of College in the second year due to his lack of presence. His attempts to join the Pune Film Institute were in vain, as he failed in the written examination. He then decided to join Roshan Taneja's Acting school.

He first appeared on the silver screen in Hamhare Tumhare in a character role. His first lead role was in 'Woh 7 Din' and from thence on there has been no looking back. He has acted in close to a 100 movies, and has 5 in production. He has produced two movies (Gandhi My Father & Badhaai Ho Badhaai), as well as been a Casting Director/Outdoor In charge for 'Hum Paanch'.

Kapoor's first role in an international film was in Danny Boyle's 2008 Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. His performance in the eighth season of the action series 24 generated rave reviews from the American press Globally, Anil Kapoor is one of the most recognized Indian actors.

Anil met wealthy and chic model, Sindhi-speaking Sunita Bhambhani, and married her in 1984. Since then they have given birth to 3 children, kapoor has two daughters and a son Harshwardhan Kapoor.Kapoor's elder daughter is actress Sonam Kapoor. Rhea Kapoor attended school in New York and is now a producer in Mumbai.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rAjOo

Spouse (1)

Sunita Bhambhani (19 May 1984 - present) ( 3 children)

Trivia (75)

Brother of Sanjay Kapoor
National Award 2001 for his performance in Call (2000).
Brother-in-law of actress Sridevi. Used to live in Chembur, Bombay.
Brother of Boney Kapoor, the Kapoor family used to live in Maitri Colony, Chembur, Bombay, Maharashtra, India.
Son of film producer Surinder Kapoor
He is the director of Asian Academy of film and television film city noida which conducts film degree programs and is rated as top 10 in the world
Daughter's name is Sonam Kapoor. She is made her debut in 'Sanjay Leela Bhansali''s Saawariya with Ranbir Kapoor as her co-star.
Anil Kapoor shaved-off his mustache, for the first time, while filming Lamhe (1991). He has also done so for Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate (1998) and Salaam-E-Ishq (2007).
Has two nephews studying Film - Mohit & Akshay Marwah. Mohit is married to Tina Munium niece Antara.
Anil Kapoor's father Surinder Kapoor was Nargis and Geeta Bali's secretary.
Was a child artiste in the shelved film Tu Paayal Main Geet starring Shashi Kapoor. He was playing the role of the young childhood Shashi Kapoor.
Auditioned for the small role of Sanjay Dutt's friend in the latter's debut film Rocky, in his struggling days, but didn't get the part.
Wife Sunita is a first cousin of Ranveer Singh's father.
Father Surinder Kapoor was a cousin of Prithviraj Kapoor. This makes Anil Kapoor a relative of the famous Kapoor family.
Actor Annu Kapoor used his real name " Anil Kapoor" for his first film Adharshila. He later changed it to Annu Kapoor to avoid confusion with Anil Kapoor.
Uncle of actor Mohit Marwah (sister's son).
Sister, Reena, is married to Television Tycoon Sandeep Marwah.
His wife Sunita Kapoor is a costume designer for films.
Brother in law of Kavita Bhambhani Singh (Wife Sunita's elder sister). Kavita was a famous model and a former Miss India (1969). She is now married to a famous industrialist Jasjit Singh. They have a daughter named Nandini who is married to Tariq Premji (Son of Azim Premji). Kavita and Jasjit also have a son named Karan who is married to Namaah Kathawala.
Was signed for Rishi Kapoor's role in Chandni but opted out.
Was signed for Vinod Khanna's role in Parampara but opted out.
First choice for Dino Morea's role in Raaz.
Signed Qila and Wajood but opted out. He was replaced by Mukul Dev in both films.
Favourite actor of Fiji Indian model, actress Nilanti Narain. She met Anil a few years back during promotional work.
Went for a world tour of concerts in May of 1997. He went along with Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Kapoor. The concerts took place in the cities of Canada, America and England.
Went for a world tour of concerts with Aamir Khan in September of 2001. The tour was canceled mid way due to the 9/11 attacks. The Vancouver show was the first to be canceled despite Aamir Khan being present in Vancouver. The performers did not feel like performing after the tragedy.
Went for world tour concerts with Rekha and Meenakshi in June 1986. They went to cities in Canada, America and England.
Went for a world tour of concerts in June 1992. He went with Madhuri Dixit, Shilpa Shirodkar and Amrish Puri. The concerts were in the cities of Canada, America and England.
Starred in the shelved film " Bus Conductor" opposite Tabu (Replaced Urmila), directed by Satish Kaushik. This was in 1997.
Starred in the shelved film Bajrang opposite Madhuri Dixit. Directed by Bapu. This was in 1986.
In 1994, he was going to do a film titled " Sautela" written by Karan Razdan Starring Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, directed by Pankaj Prashar. Tutu shelved the film and started Raaj Kumar. Anil insisted Karan make the film. Several producers came into the picture . Finally Producer Nimesh Mehta came in the picture. Nimesh had signed Ashok Gaikwad to direct a film with Jackie Shroff and had Jackie Shroff's dates blocked. Jackie heard the script and agreed. Manisha Koirala and Danny Denzongpa were also signed. The producer kept insisting that Karan Razdan write the script so they could shoot in Hong Kong. Then he changed his mind and wanted Nepal.But they realized Nepal didn't have the high tech facilities to shoot all the action scenes. Finally Nimesh Mehta and Karan Razdan had a falling out regarding the script and the film was shelved.
Starred in Anurag Kashyap's shelved film " Allwyn Kalicharan"(2004). A futuristic cop drama based in 2012. The film was shelved when Anil Kapoor backed out in the last hour.
Anil Kapoor had released a pop album with Salma Agha titled "Welcome" in 1986 . Music was by Bappi Lahiri. Anil Kapoor sang all the songs on the album with Salma Agha.
Had signed Financer's Raju Shah's film that was to be directed by Vivek Agnihotri. The film also co starred Vivek Oberoi. Nana Patekar and Bobby Deol was in talks for two other roles in the film. This was in 2005.
Starred in Kundan Shah's shelved film "Sheikh Chilli" (1996).
Starred in N Chandra shelved film Kushant (1994). Starring Anil Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar,Manisha Koirala. Mamta was earlier offered the film but she did not want to do a 2 actress film.
Starred in the shelved film "Kaali Topi Lal Rumaal".(1992). Starring Anil Kapoor, Sri Devi .Directed by Rakesh Roshan .
Boney Kapoor wanted to launch Anil Kapoor in a film titled " I Love You". Anil rejected the film and selected Woh 7 Din.
When Anil Kapoor was a struggler, he kept meeting Subhash Ghai and insisting he get signed for the film Krodhi. Subhash Ghai finally signed Anil for Sachin's role. It was only a few months later Anil Kapoor found out Subhash had replaced him with a more popular and salable Sachin.
Raj Kapoor was to direct a film titled "Param Vir Chakra" in the early 80's starring Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and a third star was to be finalized. Anil Kapoor was desperately trying to land the role. He even went and got a crew cut to impress Raj Kapoor. Major Ashok Kaul had written the script of the film. Raj Kapoor decided to shelve the idea of making the film and started Prem Rog. Years later Major Ashok Kaul used the same script and decided to direct the film with a fresh new cast .
After Yalgaar, Feroz was toying around with several ideas for his next film. He wanted to remake his film Dharmatma as "Agnikund" with Anil Kapoor as the Godfather. Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty were to play his sons. Music was by Anu Malik. He earlier wanted to make the same film with himself, Anil Kapoor ,Jackie Shroff, Sri Devi and Sonam in 1987 with the title "Yalgaar". But that film was shelved due to Anil Kapoor disagreeing when Feroz Khan dropped Jackie from the film. He later started Yalgaar with himself and Sanjay Dutt, but with a different subject and story line. Anil Kapoor refused "Agnikund" in 1994 because he did not want to play father to Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty. Feroz Khan had sold the audio , the overseas video and theatrical rights To Venus for 2.4 crores. Feroz Khan shelved the idea once again when the casting did not work. Feroz Khan shelved the idea once again. Some how the story of Agnikund was leaked out and the film Sapoot was made in 1996.
Producer Satee Shourie had announced a big budget movie titled ' Krishna ' to star Dilip Kumar, Anil Kapoor,Dimple Kapadia,Amjad Khan and others, but ' Krishna ' was not made. The film was first announced in 1983 with Chandra Barot as the director.
Pappu Verma was making a film titled Raktavanshi. It was a remake of Tamil film Agninakshatram. Anil Kapoor agreed to the film, but after Tezaab was a blockbuster, he demanded more money. This shocked Verma as he already was ready to shoot the film He later made the film as Vansh with Sudesh Berry and Siddharth.
Nandu Tolani and David Dhawan had launched a film titled "Joru Ka Ghulam" in 1994. Starring Anil Kapoor, Govinda and Tabu. The film got shelved due to constant problems between Anil and Govinda. Their other film Deewana Mastana was already seeing constant delays due to this.
After Rajput, Vijay Anand had planned a big budget film called Dekha Jayega (Hisaab Chukta) with Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. Anil caused major delays and backed out at the last hour causing the film to get shelved. Vijay Anand restarted it with Jackie Shroff and Saif Ali Khan in 1994. The film was once again shelved.
In 1988, Sanjay Khan launched his most expensive film " Sur Zameen". It was to star Vinod Khanna Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi and Sonam. Mid way through the film Vinod Khanna stopped giving dates causing the film to run into delays. Then Sanjay Khan thought of replacing Vinod Khanna with himself. Anil Kapoor also started creating problems when he started insisting he and Vinod Khanna switch roles. Anil felt Vinod had the better role.Anil kept insisting he play Vinod Khanna's role. Vinod was opposite Sonam. After all these production hassles, Sanjay finally shelved the film.Plus Sanjay Khan and Sonam had a huge arguement on the sets causing Sonam to leave the film. Sanjay then started to concentrate on TV serials.
Met his wife Sunita (Sonu) at Rajiv Kapoor's party in 1974.
In 1989, producer Sharad Patel wanted to produce the film Mandela and de Klerk. He wanted Sidney Potier and Anil Kapoor for the film. Anil was to play a school teacher. The films title was "Robben Island". The film was shelved when Sharad Patel.was unable to make it happen. The film was later revived with another producer and another actor in Anil Kapoor's role.
It was speculated that Anil Kapoor was involved with former model Priya Kakkar (Kapur) back in 1989. Anil claimed he only met her at the premiere of Ram Lakhan.
Starred in the shelved film "Bajrangi "(1987). Starring Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Directed by Bapu.
Starred in shelved movie, Sultan Productions "Ganga Ki Dhaaraa" (1990) . Starring Anil Kapoor,Madhuri Dixit, Music by Kalyanji Anandji.Produced and Directed by Sultan Ahmed.
1992 Anil Kapoor and Tabu were going to star in a film directed by Vinay Shukla. The film got shelved after announcement .
In the early part of his career (1980-1984) many people would mistake him for Raj Kiran and Akbar Khan .This was due to both having the same appearance. This upset Anil Kapoor to no end . The industry would refer him as a Raj Kiran clone and fans would mistakenly ask him for a autograph thinking he was Raj Kiran. Anil realized he would have to work harder to wave off the Raj Kiran tag and create his own identity. Years later it was Akbar Khan who would be mistaken for Anil Kapoor.
Was signed for the film Hip Hip Hurray with Shabana Azmi. They later opted out .
In 1990, A.G.Nadiadwala had signed Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit for a film to be directed by J.P. Dutta. The film got shelved.
Starred in the shelved movie Prakash Mehra Productions Daan Dahej (1985). Starring Raj Babbar, Anil Kapoor, Padmini Kholapure, Meenakshi Sheshadri. Prakash Mehra first announced the film in 1983 with Rakhee Gulzar,Rishi Kapoor,Dimple Kapadia,Padmini Kholapure.
There were several reports in 1983 that Anil was briefly involved with actress Madhu Kapoor ( daughter of Kedar Kapoor). Anil's father and Madhu's father worked together years prior and were family friends.
Was briefly involved with Amrita Singh during the making of Saaheb.
Starred in Kuku Khanna (Subhash Ghai's assistant and Music Director Usha Khanna's brother) shelved film "Mahasangharsh" (1989). Starring Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Kimi Katkar.
Signed for Sunny Deol's role in Insaniyat and later opted out when he saw Abhimanyu being delayed by the same producer.
In 1990, Vimal Kumar signed Anil Kapoor for a film titled Apne Dam Par. Anil did not like the script and he backed out. It was later made as Dulaara with Govinda.
Anil Kapoor wanted to do the role of Arun Govil's sidekick in the film Paheli. In those days Anil was struggling to get work. The problem was Rajshri did not even allow Anil Kapoor to enter their office. Anil was very dejected dropped all aspirations to star in the film and Satyajeet was signed .
Producer Purnachandra Rao signed Anil Kapoor and Sridevi for a film in 1984. After shooting for a few weeks the film got shelved. This was due to the producer deciding to make Aakhree Raasta instead.
In April of 1984,Sanjay Khan had started the film "Jhunjhuna". Starring Sanjay Khan,Anil Kapoor,Sunny Deol, Sridevi. Scripted by Javed Akhtar, to be produced and directed by Sanjay Khan. After Sanjay announced the film he backed out and started Kala Dhanda Goray Log.
Aamir Khan was part of the world tour concert " Craze 2001" with Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta,Gracey Singh. They traveled to England, America and Canada. The show in Vancouver was canceled due to the 9/11 attacks in New York. Aamir stated they did not feel like performing after the tragedy.
Sawaan Kumar Tak offered Anil Kapoor the movie Preeti . He refused it as he did not like the script.
Anil Kapoor was signed for the film Inteha but eventually thrown out by the producer. Producer Rajeev Choudhary could not meet the demands and conditions Anil had for the film. Marc Zuber was then signed to replace him.
Yash Chopra had planned a big budget African film in 1983. This was even before he started shooting for Mashaal. He signed Dilip Kumar,Sunny Deol and Anil Kapoor. The project was going to on the level of Hollywood. Yash Chopra had to shelve the film due to the government not giving him the required permission needed.
The film Ek Jaan Hain Hum was first offered to Anil Kapoor. They later dropped the offer to Anil because they felt a film introducing Raj Kapoor's son would make it a bigger project.
The producer first offered the film Teri Baahon Mein to director Bapu and Anil Kapoor. When Umesh Mehra was signed he casually mentioned the film to Anil Kapoor. Anil was not interested in the project. He felt he would not look good in loin cloth without a shirt . Plus he mentioned that he would look unconvincing in the scenes where the couple discover sex.
Anil Kapoor was offered the film Avinash in 1983. He declined the film because he did not want to do a small second lead role. The role was eventually done by Anil Dhawan.
Anil Kapoor was offered the film Lava in 1983. He agreed to do the film but he had some conditions before he were to accept the film. The producer refused his conditions and gave the role to Raj Babbar.
Mahmud Sipra wanted to make a film with Anil Kapoor and Salma Agha in 1984. Anil was to play a journalist. The project got shelved .
During Anil Kapoor's struggle It was very tough to meet the Barjatyas, so he became friendly with the production guys - Mr Gupta, Mr Zaki... Suddenly Gupta told Anil that Zaki wants to make a film. Anil told him , "why not cast me?" Before he could meet the Barjatyas, the production guy was making a film called "Prerna" in 1980 with Anil Kapoor. The film got shelved for unknown reasons.
In 1988,producer Johnny Bakshi had planned a film titled " Buniyaad" starring Vinod Khanna,Anil Kapoor,Dimple Kapadia,Amrita Singh,Madhuri Dixit, story by Suraj Sanim,directed by Mahesh Bhatt. The script was later changed as Salim Khan was brought in to write a new script. The film ended up getting shelved for unknown reasons.

Personal Quotes (1)

Instead of focusing on my looks I focus on the character that I am playing.

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