Shekhar Kapur (born 6 December 1945) is an Indian film director, actor, and producer, known for his works in Hindi cinema and international cinema. Part of the Anand family, Kapur became known in Bollywood with his recurring role in the TV series Khandan in the mid-1980s and his directorial debut in the cult Bollywood film Masoom in 1983, which won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for that year, before gaining widespread success with the science fiction film Mr. India (1987).
He gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen, based on Mala Sen's biography of infamous Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Filmfare Critics Awards for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year. It was premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
In international cinema, his historical biopics on Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), won the BAFTA Award for Best Film and two Academy Awards. He has been the recipient of the Indian National Film Award, the BAFTA Award, the National Board of Review Award, and three Filmfare Awards. In 2010, he served as one of the Jury Members (International Competition) at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
Kapur in December 2008
|Born||6 December 1945|
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S|
(m. 1984; div. 1994)
(m. 1999; div. 2007)
Shekhar Kapur was born in Lahore, Punjab, British India to Kulbhushan Kapur, a doctor with a flourishing practice, and his wife Sheel Kanta Kapur. On a train from the newly created Pakistan to India, a massacre took place; Shekhar Kapur's mother played dead and hid both himself and his sister under her body. Reflecting on this, Kapur stated that the partition of India happened through "the blood of one people".
The nephew of famous Indian actor Dev Anand, he was discouraged from getting into films by his father. Sheel Kanta was the sister of actors Chetan, Dev and Vijay Anand. Shekhar is the only son of his parents and he has three sisters. One of his sisters, Neelu, was the first wife of actor Navin Nischol, while another sister, Aruna, is the wife of actor Parikshit Sahni. His third and youngest sister is Sohaila Kapur.
Kapur's schooling was at Modern School, New Delhi. He studied economics at St. Stephen's College. At 22, Kapur became a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in England, having studied accountancy at the behest of his parents.
He was married to Medha Gujral, niece of former Indian Prime Minister I. K. Gujral. They split in 1994. Medha later married popular bhajan singer Anup Jalota (she was his third wife). She died on November 25, 2014 at a hospital in New York City of liver failure following a second heart and first kidney transplant.
Kapur then married Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, an Indian actress, writer, painter and singer in 1997. They are divorced. They have a daughter named Kaveri Kapur.
Shekhar Kapur started his career as an actor in the movie Jaan Hazir Hai (1975) and later in Toote Khilone, in Bollywood. He appeared in several Hindi television dramas, such as Udaan (Doordarshan), opposite Kavita Chaudhary, Upanyaas (Doordarshan) opposite Nisha Singh, and Masoom opposite Neena Gupta.
He turned director with the family drama Masoom (1983), starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and a young Jugal Hansraj& ((Urmila Matondkar)). The plot followed the story of an illegitimate boy who struggles to find acceptance from his stepmother. He then directed the 1987 science-fiction film Mr. India, starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri in his most famous role as the villain Mogambo. Puri's most famous dialogue in this film "Mogambo Khush Hua" is still remembered. In 1994 he directed the critically acclaimed Bandit Queen and played a cameo in the film as a truck driver.
Kapur was infamous for abandoning several films he was originally the director of. He was originally the director of the 1989 film Joshilaay, which starred Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Meenakshi Sheshadri before leaving the production halfway, and its producer Sibti Hassan Rizvi stepped in to complete the film. In 1992, he had shot some scenes for Barsaat, which was originally titled Champion and was going to be the debut film of Bobby Deol, but he left the production and was replaced by Rajkumar Santoshi. In 1992, he was set to direct the science-fiction film titled Time Machine, which was to star Aamir Khan, Raveena Tandon, Naseeruddin Shah and Rekha, but he abandoned the project halfway through due to financial problems. The film was left incomplete, although there were talks many years later that Kapur would revive the project with a new cast, which never happened. In 1995, he partly directed Dushmani, starring Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff and Manisha Koirala before its producer Bunty Soorma stepped in to complete the film.
He served as judge on the reality TV series India's Got Talent, aired on Colors.
In 1998, he received international recognition for the second time after Bandit Queen, when he directed the Academy Award-winning period film Elizabeth, a fictional account of the reign of British Queen Elizabeth I nominated for seven Oscars. The 2007 sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, was nominated for two Oscars. He was accused of being anti-British by British tabloids for his portrayal of the British Army and the Empire in the 2002 movie The Four Feathers. However, he denied being anti-British and stated that he was merely "anti-colonisation".
Kapur was the executive producer of the film The Guru. He established an Indian film company with Ram Gopal Verma and Mani Ratnam, though the group has thus far produced only one film, Dil Se.. (1998), starring Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala. Kapur executive-produced the Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Dreams by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which has been running in London's the West End since 2002 and on Broadway in New York City since 2004.
In 2005, Kapur worked with Okan Quail on Hunji!, a story of a young Indian maid who idolised Sachin Tendulkar. Although it gained some acclaim as one of his finest films, critics across the UK and India called it a flop.
In 2006, Kapur formed Liquid Comics and Virgin Animation, an entertainment company focused on creating new stories and characters for a global audience. The Shakti titles of Kapur and Deepak Chopra's company debuted with Devi and The Sadhu. Devi is about "a fierce feminine warrior, stronger than the Gods themselves ... a champion of the heavens, and the protector of man", while The Sadhu is about one man's choice between his spiritual oath and his human instinct."
He has announced that he will direct Little Dragon, an authorized biopic of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.
A third episode in the Queen Elizabeth series, Elizabeth: The Dark Age, is planned. According to screenwriter John Rogers, the success of Elizabeth led to Kapur being tapped to work on an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, but the project was eventually shelved. Kapur tentatively planned to helm a motion picture account of the life of the Buddha, titled Buddha, but the plans were dropped for unstated reasons. He planned to adapt Larklight, a book by Philip Reeve. Kapur traveled to Yerevan, Armenia to explore the possibility of making a film about the Armenian Genocide.
He is set to direct Paani. The film is reported to star Sushant Singh Rajput and will be produced by Aditya Chopra. Its music will be composed by A. R. Rahman. The announcement was made at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
One of his shelved projects was a film tentatively titled The Nine o'Clock War, which he had planned with his longtime friend and previous collaborator, the Australian actor Heath Ledger in the role of a popular television news anchor. It never happened, as a result of the actor's unexpected death in 2008.
It was announced in March of 2019 that Kapur will be directing a TV series for Endemol Shine based on historical novels by Amitav Ghosh, known as the “Ibis Trilogy”, which details the opium wars among Britain, India and China in mid-19th century.
|2002||The Four Feathers|
|2007||Elizabeth: The Golden Age|
|2008||New York, I Love You|
|1974||Ishq Ishq Ishq|
|1975||Jaan Hazir Hai|
|1984||Bindiya Chamkegi||Raj A. Kumar|
|1988||Falak (The Sky)||Inspector Jimmy|
|1991||Nazar||Antique Dealer/Money Lender|
|2013||Vishwaroopam||R.A.W Agent Colonel Jagannath||Tamil film|
|2016||Teraa Surroor||As Rajeev Kaul - Indian ambassador|
|2018||Vishwaroopam II||R.A.W Agent Colonel Jagannath||Tamil film|
|1998||Dil Se..||executive producer|
|2002||The Guru||executive producer|
|2011||Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told||documentary|
Bandit Queen is a 1994 Indian biographical film based on the life of Phoolan Devi as covered in the book India's Bandit Queen: The True Story of Phoolan Devi by the Indian author Mala Sen. It was directed by Shekhar Kapur and starred Seema Biswas as the title character. The music was composed by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year. The film was premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, and was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The film was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 67th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.Depictions of Gautama Buddha in film
The life of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, has been the subject of several films.Drishti (film)
Drishti is a 1990 Hindi film directed by Govind Nihalani that stars Dimple Kapadia, Shekhar Kapur and Irrfan Khan. It is one of the rare films to have music direction by noted classical singer Kishori Amonkar with lyrics by Vasant Dev.
It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for 1990.Elizabeth (film)
Elizabeth is a 1998 British biographical drama film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role of Queen Elizabeth I of England, alongside Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, John Gielgud, Fanny Ardant, and Richard Attenborough. The film is based on the early years of Elizabeth's reign, where she is elevated to the throne after the death of her half-sister Mary I, who had imprisoned her. As her early years continue, she faces plots and threats to take her down.
The film was praised for its production values and the performances of the cast. Blanchett's performance brought her to international recognition, and she won several awards for her portrayal of Elizabeth, including a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. The film won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film and received seven nominations at the 71st Academy Awards, including for Best Picture and Best Actress for Blanchett, winning Best Makeup. In 2007, Blanchett and Rush reprised their roles in Kapur's follow-up film Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which covers the later part of Elizabeth's reign.Gawaahi
Gawaahi (English: Testimony) is a 1989 Bollywood film directed by Anant Balani. It was his directorial debut. The film stars Zeenat Aman, Ashutosh Gowariker, Shekhar Kapur, and Ranjeeta Kaur. It was based on the play Night of January 16th, a courtroom drama by Ayn Rand. As a female lead, it was Zeenat Aman's last movieJill Bilcock
Jill Elizabeth Bilcock (born 1948) is an Australian film editor, a member of the Australian Screen Editors (ASE) guild, as well as the American Cinema Editors (ACE) society, and has edited films such as Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and Road to Perdition. She occasionally gives seminars at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, of which she is an alumna.Bilcock was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is a graduate of the Swinburne College of Technology. She won the 2002 Eddie Award (best edited comedy or musical feature film) for Moulin Rouge!, for which she also received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. She has been nominated four times for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing. Three of these nominations were for the first three films directed by Baz Luhrmann: Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Moulin Rouge! (2002). The fourth BAFTA nomination was for Elizabeth (1998), directed by Shekhar Kapur.
The documentaries Jill Billcock: The Art Of Film Editing for ABC TV and the cinema-released Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible, both in 2017, explore her life and work.Kaleidoscope Entertainment
Kaleidoscope Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (or KEPL) is an Indian film and television production company. Films produced by them include Bandit Queen, Fire, Electric Moon, Saathiya, Maqbool, American Daylight, and The Rising. Kaleidoscope is regarded as one of the leading production houses in the Indian film and television Industry, and one of the few that have created content that has successfully crossed over to western audiences.
KEPL was started by producer Bobby Bedi, who remains its Managing Director.
KEPL has worked with some of the finest talent in the Indian Movie industry from Shekhar Kapur, Vishal Bhardwaj, Aamir Khan, Abbas Tyrewala to International Stars such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and A. R. Rahman.
Kaleidoscope Entertainment is the production company this has created the Mahabharata 360 Project, encompassing film, Television, Animation, Gaming and mobile products.Liquid Comics
Liquid Comics is a comic book company, founded in 2006 as Virgin Comics LLC, which produced stories (many of which are Indian-culture related) for an international audience. The company was founded by Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Group, author Deepak Chopra, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, and entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Suresh Seetharaman, and Gotham Chopra. In August 2008, the company restructured and relocated from New York to Los Angeles. On September 24, 2008, it was announced that Virgin Comics was renamed Liquid Comics after a management buyout.Masoom
Masoom may refer to:
Masoom (1941 film), Bollywood film
Masoom (1960 film), Indian film by Satyen Bose
Masoom (1983 film), Indian film by Shekhar Kapur
Masoom (1996 film), Indian film by Mahesh Kothare
Masoom (2014 film)Masoom (1983 film)
Masoom (lit. The Innocent) is a 1983 Indian drama film and directorial debut of critically acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. It was an adaptation of 1980 novel Man, Woman and Child by Erich Segal which had earlier been adapted into a 1982 Malayalam movie Olangal and a 1983 American movie Man, Woman and Child. the film is a coming-of-age story starring Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in lead roles along with Tanuja, Supriya Pathak and Saeed Jaffrey. It features Jugal Hansraj, Aradhana and Urmila Matondkar as child actors. The screenplay, dialogues and lyrics are by Gulzar with music by R.D. Burman. The film was remade in Telugu as Illalu Priyuralu.Mr. India (1987 film)
Mr. India is a 1987 Indian superhero film directed by Shekhar Kapur, based on a screenplay written by Salim-Javed. It stars Sridevi and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles. Amrish Puri, Ashok Kumar, Satish Kaushik, Ajit Vachani and Sharat Saxena are featured in supporting roles.
The film was the second highest-grossing Indian film of 1987 after Dharmendra's Hukumat and remains a cult classic in India. The film was known for several of its lines and songs, including Sridevi's "Miss Hawa Hawaii" performance, and Amrish Puri's quote "Mogambo khush hua" ("Mogambo is pleased"), which is one of the most famous quotes of Bollywood and became synonymous with Puri. The Mogambo character is also considered to be one of the best villains in Bollywood history. Laxmikant-Pyarelal's music performed well too, especially the song "Hawa Hawaii", which is very popular till today. The film has often been featured in different lists of top Bollywood films. Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films. This was the last film that the writing duo Salim-Javed wrote together. They had split up earlier in 1982, but came back for one last film.
On the centenary of Indian Cinema, Mr. India was included amongst one of the 100 Greatest Indian Films of All Time. Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan were offered the lead role, but they turned it down as they could not relate with the invisible hero.. Sridevi, who was already the highest paid Indian actress of the era was paid a then unprecedented ₹11 lakhs to play the female lead, which was the highest ever paid to a woman during that period.Nazar (1991 film)
Nazar (The Gaze) is a 1991 Hindi film based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story, The Meek One. The film produced by the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) was directed by Mani Kaul and starred his daughter Shambhavi Kaul with Shekhar Kapur and Surekha Sikri.The film travelled to international festivals like the Birmingham Film Festival in UK, Fribourg Film Festival in Germany, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Lisbon Film Festival in Portugal, Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, London Film Festival in UK, Rotterdam Film Festival in Netherlands, Festival des 3 continent at Nantes in France and the Seattle Film Festival in United States.New York, I Love You
New York, I Love You is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama anthology consisting of eleven short films, each by a different director. The short films all relate in some way to the subject of love, and are set among the five boroughs of New York City. The film is a sequel of sorts to the 2006 film Paris, je t'aime, which had the same structure, and is the second film in the Cities of Love franchise, created and produced by Emmanuel Benbihy. Unlike Paris, je t'aime, the short films of New York, I Love You all have a unifying thread, of a videographer who films the other characters.
The film stars an ensemble cast, among them Bradley Cooper, Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Anton Yelchin, Hayden Christensen, Orlando Bloom, Irrfan Khan, Rachel Bilson, Chris Cooper, Andy García, Christina Ricci, John Hurt, Cloris Leachman, Robin Wright, Julie Christie, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, James Caan, Shu Qi and Eli Wallach.
New York, I Love You premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008, and was released in the United States on October 16, 2009.Passage (2009 film)
Passage is a 2009 American-Swiss drama short film, the first to be directed by Shekhar Kapur, starring Haley Bennett, Lily Cole and Julia Stiles.Pradhanmantri
Pradhanmantri (The Prime Minister) is an Indian television political documentary series, hosted by actor-director Shekhar Kapur on Hindi news channel ABP News. It premiered on July 13, 2013. It aimed to bring to the audience never-seen-before facts of Indian history. The weekly programme chronicles the history of India from 1947 to the present day. The TV series was hosted by the renowned film-maker, actor and host Shekhar Kapur and directed by Puneet Sharma. It was a unique attempt to present the changes in the country during the tenures of 13 prime ministers in the last 65 years. Pradhanmantri aired every Saturday at 10 pm. Raghi Papiya Joshi and Sohan Thakur are casting directors.The series aired the news telecast of death of Indira Gandhi on Doordarshan by Salma Sultan. Initially conceptualised for 23 episodes, Pradhanmantri was extended to 26 episodes with the last episode aired on 4 January 2014. The show was earlier rumoured to be titled Idea of India.Pradhanmantri has been re-telecasted in Bengali on ABP Ananda from 14 December 2013, hosted by Bengali actor Dhritiman Chatterjee and re-telecasted in Marathi language on ABP Majha with the name Sinhasan and hosted by Marathi actor Vikram Gokhale from 23 November 2013.The Four Feathers (2002 film)
The Four Feathers is a 2002 war drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur and starring Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimon Hounsou and Kate Hudson. Set during the British Army's Gordon Relief Expedition (late 1884 to early 1885) in Sudan, it tells the story of a young man accused of cowardice. This film, with altered plot events, is the latest in a long line of cinematic adaptations of the 1902 novel The Four Feathers by A.E.W. Mason. Other versions of the story have been set in the 1890s, with different battle events.Time Machine (unfinished film)
Time Machine is an unfinished Bollywood science-fiction film which was in production in 1992 and was directed by Shekhar Kapur. The film's cast included Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Khan, Raveena Tandon, Gulshan Grover and Vijay Anand. After three-fourths of the film's shooting was completed, it was shelved due to financial constraints and Kapur's departure to the U.S. In 2008, Shekhar Kapur announced he would attempt to revive the film with a new cast but this never materialised.Toote Khilone
Toote Khilone (टूटे खिलौने "Broken Toys") is a 1978 Bollywood film produced by Prem Sawhney and Mahendra Shah. The film is directed by Ketan Anand. The film stars Ketan's cousin Shekhar Kapur, Shabana Azmi and Utpal Dutt. The films music is by Bappi Lahiri. The song "Maana Ho Tum" written by Kaifi Azmi and sung by Yesudas is the highlight of this film.
Films directed by Shekhar Kapur