Karan Kapoor (born 18 January 1962) is a former Indian film actor and model of Indian descent. He is the son of late Indian Bollywood International Actor Shashi Kapoor and his India-settled wife (late) British Actress Jennifer Kendal. His paternal grandfather was Prithviraj Kapoor and his paternal uncles are Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. His elder brother Kunal Kapoor and sister Sanjana Kapoor have also acted in some films, but like him, they were not very successful. His maternal grandparents, Geoffrey Kendal and Laura Kendal, were actors who toured India and Asia with their theatre group, Shakespearana, performing Shakespeare and Shaw. The Merchant Ivory film, Shakespeare Wallah, was loosely based on the family, which starred his father and his aunt, actress Felicity Kendal. Karan later moved towards photography and decided to be a part of this profession, though he worked as an actor too.
After a gap of nearly 25 years, Karan has now come back into the public and returned to India with a series of his photography exhibitions, Time & Tide. Karan's Time & Tide photography exhibition started in his home town Mumbai in November 2016 then taking place in Bangalore, Kolkata, New Delhi, Ahmedabad & Jaipur throughout 2017. Karan has done lots of research in the Anglo-Indian communities and travelled through various parts of India in the 1980s to meet these communities and take photographs. His articles were published in BBC, Indian Express, Hindustan Times and other newspapers in November 2016. In his recent interview, Karan said that he is quite keen to do more photography projects in India, because his children have now grown up so he could spend more time in India. Karan also said that he was always interested in photography since his childhood even though being a part of very famous Bollywood family of Kapoors. Karan's elder brother Kunal Kapoor is now a leading ad-maker of India and younger sister Sanjana Kapoor runs the Junoon foundation to promote arts, culture and drama.
|Born|| 18 January 1962
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
|Relatives||See Kapoor Family|
He was born to Shashi Kapoor and British theater actress Jennifer Kendal. Shashi and Jennifer had three children: sons Kunal Kapoor and Karan Kapoor, and a daughter Sanjana Kapoor, all erstwhile Bollywood actors. Kunal runs ad company Adfilms Valas. Karan Kapoor (b. 18 January 1962) was a popular model made famous by Bombay Dyeing shooting and shirting advertisement, and he also acted in Sultanat (1986), opposite Juhi Chawla as well as later in Loha with Dharmendra. Karan now runs a photography company in UK. Their sister Sanjana Kapoor (b. 27 November 1967) runs the ancestral Prithvi Theatre. Kunal was married to filmmaker Ramesh Sippy's daughter Sheena, who is a well known photographer. They had two children together, Shaira and Zahan. Kunal and Sheena are now divorced. Mother Jennifer was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 1982 and died of the disease in 1984.
He made his debut in Shyam Benegal's critically acclaimed 1978 film Junoon, which also featured his parents and both siblings. He had a minor part in his father's production 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981). He appeared in the British television series The Jewel in the Crown in 1984.
He made his debut in mainstream Bollywood films with Sultanat (1986), alongside Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Juhi Chawla. He later acted in Loha (1987) and Afsar in 1988, but did not have many offers as an actor. He also modeled major Indian brands, including Bombay Dyeing.
|1981||36 Chowringhee Lane||Davie|
His photograph "Old Couple" won the International Photography Awards 2009 in the People/Lifestyle category. It was one of five nominations he received that year.