Annu Kapoor

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Annu Kapoor
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Kapoor in 2016
Anil Kapoor

(1956-02-20) 20 February 1956 (age 65)
Bhopal, Bhopal State, India
(now in Madhya Pradesh, India)
Alma materNational School of Drama
  • Actor
  • anchor
  • radio presenter
  • singer
  • director
  • producer
Years active1979–present
Anupama Patel
(m. 1992; div. 1993)

(m. 2008)
Arunita Mukherjee
(m. 1995; div. 2005)
AwardsSee below

Annu Kapoor (born as Anil Kapoor, 20 February 1956)[a] is an Indian actor, singer, director, radio jockey and television presenter who has appeared in over a hundred films, as well as television series. His career has spanned over 40 years as an actor, producer, director and singer. Besides acting, he also does a Radio show, named Suhaana Safar With Annu Kapoor which airs on 92.7 big FM.[2] He has won numerous awards in his career, including two National Film Awards, one Filmfare Awards and two Indian Television Academy Awards in varied categories.

He made his screen debut with an uncredited role in Amitabh Bachchan starrer Kaala Patthar (1979). After then, he appeared in many films such as Aadharshila (1982), Betaab (1983), Mandi (1983) and Khandar (1984). He got his first breakthrough with Utsav (1984), in which he portrayed the role of Masseur. For which he got his first nomination in the Filmfare Awards in the category of Best Performance in a Comic Role.[3] Subsequently he starred in many critically and commercially acclaimed films like Mr. India (1987), Tezaab (1988), Ram Lakhan (1990), Ghayal (1990), Hum (1991), Darr (1993), Sardar (1993), Om Jai Jagadish (2002), Aitraaz (2004) and 7 Khoon Maaf (2011).[4][5]

His second big breakthrough came with Vicky Donor (2012), he portrayed the role of Dr. Baldev Chadha. His performance was lauded by critics and audiences, for which he won a Filmfare Award, a IIFA Award, a National Film Award, a Screen Award all in the category of Best Supporting Actor. After Vicky Donor, he starred in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (2013), Shaukeen (2014), Saat Uchakkey (2016), Jolly LLB 2 (2017), Missing (2018), Dream Girl (2019), Khuda Haafiz (2020) and Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (2020).[6][7][8][9]

In 1995, Annu made his directorial debut with children’s film Abhay.[10] The film starred Benjamin Gilani, Nana Patekar, and Moon Moon Sen. The film won National Film Award for Best Children's Film and Annu won the V. M. Shantaram Award for Best Director.[11]

Despite films, Annu has been very active in television shows. He is also known for judging and hosting the 90's musical show Antakshari (1993-2005) and Golden Era with Annu Kapoor (2011).[12] He has also appeared in some television series like Param Vir Chakra (1988), Ajnabi (1994), Kabeer (1995), Gubbare (1999) etc.[13] He has also starred in two ALT Balaji's web series namely Home (2018) and Paurashpur (2020).

Early life

Annu Kapoor was born in Itwara, Bhopal, Bhopal State, on 20 February 1956, to Madanlal, a Punjabi father and Kamal, a Bengali Brahmin mother. His father owned a travelling Parsi theatre company which performed in cities and towns, and his mother was a Urdu teacher and a trained classical singer. His grandfather Kripa Ram Kapoor was a doctor in the British Army and his great grandfather Lala Ganga Ram Kapoor, a revolutionary who was executed during the Indian freedom struggle.[14]

Due to poor financial circumstances, he had to quit school following secondary education. With a salary of ₹ 40, his mother worked as a teacher. On his father's insistence, he joined his theatre company. Following a stint there, he joined National School of Drama in 1976, after his brother Ranjit Kapoor, who was already a student there insisted. After graduating from the National School of Drama and a brief stint with its repertory company, in 1981, he played a 70-year-old man in the play Ek Ruka Hua Faisla in Bombay (now Mumbai). Film director Shyam Benegal who saw Kapoor perform, sent him a letter of appreciation and signed him for his 1983 film, Mandi.[14][15][16][17] on 20 February 1956)[18]

Personal life

Kapoor has promoted India's positive aspects in his programmes. Kapoor's sister Seema Kapoor, was married to actor Om Puri.[19][20] His elder brother, Ranjit, is a director and screenwriter and his sister, Seema, is a producer and actor. Kapoor's younger brother, Nikhil, is a writer and lyricist.

Kapoor has four children (three sons— Kavan, Maahir and Evaan—and a daughter, Aradhita) from two marriages.[21] His wife, Anupama, is American by birth.[22] Annu remarried his first wife, Anupama (Pami), in 2008.[23]

He changed his name from Anil Kapoor to Annu Kapoor to avoid confusion with the hero of the film Anil Kapoor, while acting in Tezaab.[1][15][16][17]


Annu Kapoor


Kapoor began his career as a stage actor in 1979 and was noticed in 1984's Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, directed by Basu Chatterjee and written by elder brother Ranjeet.[24] Annu made his film debut in Mandi, (directed by Shyam Benegal) in 1983. His career has spanned over 30 years, including Bollywood cinema, television serials and game shows. Kapoor is best remembered for hosting the singing show Close-Up Antakshari, produced by Zee TV. His performance as an obsessive-compulsive sperm-bank physician in 2012's Vicky Donor met with critical and popular acclaim. He worked in the horror TV serial Kile ka Rahasya (1989) as a cop who was fond of singing. Kapoor has also appeared in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2.[25]


In 2007, Antakshari – The National Challenge was relaunched on STAR One. The previous year, its "final" episode was telecast; the programme's initial run was from 1993 to 2006. His range of roles varies from portrayal as Saint Kabir in DD National TV serial of the same name, as Mahatma Gandhi in Sardar and Veer Savarkar in Kaala Pani, to police inspector in 7 Khoon Maaf, a petty thief in Utsav to comedic villain in Hum.

The Golden Era – With Annu Kapoor on the Mastiii channel is a nostalgia TV show about Indian cinema, adorned with classical era's Hindi film songs and commentary by Annu Kapoor on unheard tales of Bollywood Cinema's Legends.[26]

As a Radio presenter

Currently, he does a radio programme on 92.7 Big FM called "Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor on 92.7 Big FM". It's a daily show that features nationally on the radio networks covering all Hindi speaking radio stations across the country. He recreates the magic of the Golden era with unforgettable melodies of that era and untold stories of the stars and films of the Hindi Cinema. The show comes with the tagline "Filmy Duniya Ki Kahi Ankahi Kahaniya".


Kapoor has directed several plays. He also directed a feature film Abhay (The Fearless), starring Nana Patekar, Moon Sen and Benjamin Gilani) for the Children's Film Society, India. The film won the 1995 National Film Award for Best Children's Film.


Kapoor produced a musical talent contest for children (Aao Jhoomein Gaayen for SAB TV) and a Bengali-language musical talent-hunt show, Gaan Gaao Taaka Naao on Rupashi Bangla TV in Kolkata. He also produced a musical in Mathura entitled Ek Sunhari Shyam.


Awards and nominations

Year Award Show Award Title Result Notes & Ref.
1986 Filmfare Awards Best Performance in a Comic Role Utsav Nominated [27]
1994 V. Shantaram Award Best Director Abhay Won
National Film Awards Best Children’s Film Won
2003 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Anchor Antakshari Won
2004 Won
2013 Apsara Awards Best Actor in a Comic role Vicky Donor Won
IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
National Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [28]
Screen Awards Best Comedian Won [b]
Times of India Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Zee Cine Awards Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role Nominated
2017 Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Jolly LLB 2 Nominated [29][30]
2018 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor in a web series Home Nominated [31]
Streaming Awards Best Actor Won [32]

See also


  1. ^ Annu Kapoor's real name was Anil Kapoor, he changed his name to avoid confusion with Anil Kapoor.[1]
  2. ^ Shared the award with Abhishek Bachchan.


  1. ^ a b "Annu Kapoor's name was Anil Kapoor! – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ [His TV show " A Golden Era with Anu Kapoor" on Masti TV Channel is popular one among music lovers. "Suhana Safar with Annu Kapoor Take-2"] Check |url= value (help). Big FM.
  3. ^ "Utsav (1984)". Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). 23 August 1984. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Ram Lakhan (1989) - Lifetime Box Office Collection, Budget & Reviews". BOTY. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Ram Lakhan: Where good wins over evil". Rediff. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  6. ^ Sharma, Dipti (9 February 2017). "Akshay Kumar is the most commercially viable superstar, says Annu Kapoor". The Indian Express.
  7. ^ "Vidyut Jammwal starrer Khuda Haafiz to release on Disney Plus Hotstar". The Indian Express. 29 June 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  8. ^ Thakur, Charu (13 September 2019). "Dream Girl Movie Review: Ayushmann Khurrana film is ROFL all the way. But that's all". India Today. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  9. ^ Guha, Kunal GuhaKunal (13 November 2020). "Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari review: This Manoj Bajpayee, Diljit Dosanjh and Fatima Sana Shaikh-starrer doesn't employ your brains too much but leaves largely satisfied". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  10. ^ ABHAY (The Fearless) Children's Film Society India
  11. ^ "42nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  12. ^ "'Colgate Maxfresh Antakshari - The Great Challenge Little Stars' starts 4 June 7.30pm only on Star Plus". Indian Television Dot Com. 31 May 2007.
  13. ^ Randor Guy. "Maker of innovative, meaningful movies". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Annu Kapoor: I would rather die than cheat my wife". The Times of India. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  15. ^ a b Tripathi, Shailaja (9 April 2016). "Master raconteur". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Birthday Special: अन्नू कपूर का असली नाम है अनिल कपूर, 4 की जगह 10 हजार का चैक मिला तो बदलना पड़ा नाम". (in Hindi). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Do You Know: Annu Kapoor's real name is Anil Kapoor & he got Anil's fees in Mashaal! – Filmy Fenil". Filmy Fenil. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Annu Kapoor's Biography". Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  19. ^ "Om Puri to star in his first wife Seema Kapoor's film". Mid Day. 31 August 2016.
  20. ^ Sinha, Seema (6 September 2013). "It was painful to see my sister suffer: Annu Kapoor". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  21. ^ "Anu Kapoor's son Anushuman and wife Anupama during Anu Kapoor's b'day bash at Wild Wild West Restaurant in Mumbai". The Times of India. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Annu Kapoor poses with wife Anupama Kapoor during the premiere of Bollywood movie Dharam Sankat Mein, held at PVR, in Mumbai". The Times of India. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  23. ^ Dasgupta, Priyanka (19 June 2012). "Why are divorced Indians remarrying their exes? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Annu Kapoor: Basu dada never asked for too many takes". mid-day. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  25. ^ "Vicky Donor Movie Review". The Times of India. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  26. ^ The Golden Era with Annu Kapoor, Montage on Vimeo
  27. ^ "Best Lyricist (Popular)". Filmfare Awards Official wlistings, Indiatimes. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  28. ^ "60th National Film Awards: The list of winners". News18. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  29. ^ "CBFC gives Akshay Kumar's Jolly LLB 2 UA certificate with no cuts". 28 January 2017.
  30. ^ "2018 Archives – Zee Cine Awards". Zee Cine Awards. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  31. ^ ITA 2018 Winners List: Supriya Pilgoankar, Annu Kapoor wins big!
  32. ^ "Winners List: Streaming Awards, September 2018 Edition".

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