Pankaj Kapur

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Pankaj Kapur
Pankaj Kapur.jpg
Kapur in 2012
Born (1954-05-29) 29 May 1954 (age 67)
Alma materNational School of Drama
OccupationActor, Story writer, Screenwriter, Director
Years active1981–present
(m. 1979; div. 1984)
(m. 1988)
RelativesDina Pathak (Mother-In-law)
Ratna Pathak (Sister-in-law)
Naseeruddin Shah (co-brother)

Pankaj Kapoor (born 29 May 1954) is an Indian actor who has worked in Hindi theatre, television and films. He is the father of actor Shahid Kapoor with his first wife, Neelima Azeem. He has appeared in several television serials and films. His most acclaimed film roles to date have been that of Inspector P.K. in Raakh (1989), Dr. Dipankar Roy in Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991) and Abba ji, (based on Shakespeare's King Duncan) in Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Macbeth; Maqbool (2004), all three roles which got him National Film Awards.[2]

In the 1980s, he became a household name through the TV series Karamchand, a comedy television series in the detective genre. And in the millennium, Office Office, a comic satire on prevalent corruption in India.[2]

Early and personal life

Shahid Kapoor, Supriya Pathak and Pankaj Kapur attend the screening of Teri Meri Kahaani

Pankaj Kapur was born on 29 May 1954 in Ludhiana, Punjab.[3] He completed his education in Punjab and developed a keen interest in theatre and acting while growing up. He then enrolled in the National School of Drama to pursue his interest.[4]

He married actress and dancer Neelima Azeem in 1979. They were settled in New Delhi where they had their only child Shahid Kapoor in 1981. The couple divorced in 1984.[1]

Pankaj Kapur went on to marry actress Supriya Pathak in 1988. They have one daughter Sanah Kapur and a son Ruhaan Kapur.[5]


After graduating from National School of Drama, he did theatre for the next four years, until he was offered a role in Gandhi by Richard Attenborough. Over the years, as a director, he has done over 74 plays and serials, including Mohandas B.A.L.L.B., Wah Bhai Wah, Sahabji Biwiji Ghulamji and Drishtanth, Kanak Di Balli, Albert's Bridge and Panchvan Savaar.[6]

He made his film debut with Shyam Benegal's film Arohan (1982). Following that he played Mahatma Gandhi's second secretary, Pyarelal Nayyar, in the Richard Attenborough film Gandhi in 1982. Later he dubbed for Ben Kingsley in the Hindi version of the film.

Thereafter he appeared in a string of art films that came under the parallel cinema category, with leading art films directors, starting with Shyam Benegal's Mandi (1983), Kundan Shah's comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro again in 1983. This was followed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza satirical Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984), Mrinal Sen's Khandhar (1984), and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's suspense thriller Khamosh in 1985. He appeared in a number of art films, many of which went on to win National Film Awards.

In 1986, he switched to television, with the role of Karamchand jasoos(detective) in the detective-comedy, Karamchand, also starring Sushmita Mukherjee.[7] Over the years he has been seen in numerous TV serials, including, Kab Tak Pukaroon (Doordarshan) Zabaan Sambhaal Ke (a remake of the English TV series, Mind Your Language), Lifeline with Vijaya Mehta, Neem ka Ped and finally comic interludes in Philips Top 10.

Meanwhile, his tryst with art cinema continued, as he starred in films like Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986), Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986), and Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin (1987). In 1987, his comic side was visible again in the commercial action film Jalwa, also starring Naseeruddin Shah.

His first National Film Award came with the 1989 film, Raakh, which also starred Aamir Khan.

He starred in the classic Punjabi film Marhi Da Diva (1989). He featured in the 1992 Mani Ratnam film Roja directed. (Roja was made in Tamil and later dubbed in Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and Malayalam.)

His strongest performance in the early part of his career came from his lead role of struggling scientist in the film Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991), for which he was awarded the 1991 National Film Award – Special Jury Award.

In 2000 he returned to television with the serial Office Office a satirical take on the prevalent corruption in India.

In 2003 he appeared in Maqbool, Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. His antagonistic performance as the short-statured, potbellied, shuffle-footed Abbaji in Maqbool got him the 2004 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. Meanwhile, he released films like The Blue Umbrella (2005), Dus (2005) and Halla Bol (2007). In 2006, he started to be seen again on TV. In the TV series, Naya Office Office, a sequel to his previous series Office Office.

On 11 January 2013, the Vishal Bharadwaj-directed film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, starring Kapur was released.

In November 2019, Kapur made his literature debut with his novella 'Dopehri', which he had written in 1992.[8][9]Presently he appears in the television series named ‘Naya Office Office’ which itself is a sequel to the previous hit TV series ‘Office Office’.[10]


Year Title Role Other notes
1981 Hari Hondal Bargadar : Share Cropper
1981 Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya
1982 Gandhi Pyarelal Nayyar
1982 Aadharshila
1983 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Tarneja
1983 Arohan
1983 Mandi Shanti Devi's Assistant
1984 Khandhar Dipu
1984 Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!
1985 Khamosh Kukku
1985 Aitbaar Advocate Jha Uncredited
1985 Aghaat Chotelal
1986 Chameli Ki Shaadi Kallumal "Koylawala"
1986 Musafir Shankeran Pillai
1986 Ek Ruka Hua Faisla Juror #3 TV adaptation of 12 Angry Men[11]
1987 Jalwa Albert Pinto
1987 Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin Rohit
1987 Susman
1988 Main Zinda Hoon
1988 Ek Aadmi
1988 Tamas Thekedaar Television Film
1989 Agla Mausam
1989 Raakh Inspector P.K National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
1989 Marhi Da Deeva Raunaki Punjabi film
1989 Kamla Ki Maut Sudhakar Patel
1990 Ek Doctor Ki Maut Dr. Dipankar Roy National Film Award – Special Jury Award
1990 Shadyantra Sub-Inspector Tabrez Mohammad 'Tabbu' Khan
1992 Roja Liaqat Tamil film
1993 Aakanksha Ahmed
1993 The Burning Season Ashok Sarkar
1994 Kokh
1995 Ram Jaane Pannu Technicolor
1997 Rui Ka Bojh
2002 Jackpot Do Karode Rana
2003 Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon Satyaprakash
2003 Maqbool Jahangir Khan (Abbaji) National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2005 Dus Jamwal
2005 The Blue Umbrella Nand Kishore
2005 Sehar Prof. Bhole Shankar Tiwari
2007 Dharm Pundit Chaturvedi
2008 Halla Bol Sidhu
2009 Love Khichdi Subramani in Dream Fantasy
2010 Happi Happi Film released on ZEE5
2010 Good Sharma Hanuman
2011 Chala Musaddi Office Office Musaddi Lal Tripathi
2013 Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Harry Mandola
2014 Finding Fanny Don Pedro Konkani-English film
2015 Shaandaar Bipin Arora
2018 Toba Tek Singh Toba Tek Singh [12]
2021 Jersey Coach
2021 Lost [13]



Dubbing Roles

Live Action Films

Film Title Actor(s) Character(s) Dub Language Original Language Original Year release Dub Year release Notes
Gandhi Ben Kingsley Mahatma Gandhi Hindi English 1982 1982 Pankaj also played Mahatma Gandhiji's Assistant Pyarelal Nayyar in movie



  1. ^ a b "Neelima Azeem on divorce from Pankaj Kapur when Shahid Kapoor was 3.5 years old: 'I didn't decide to separate, he moved on'". Hindustan Times. 18 May 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Punjab is a land of great writers and actors, says Pankaj Kapur". 2 December 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Happy Birthday Pankaj Kapur: What Shahid Kapoor has said about his Father". News18. 29 May 2021. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  4. ^ Rathore, Vinod (28 May 2020). "Pankaj Kapoor was on the hearts of people with this role". News Track. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  5. ^ Garoo, Rohit (17 October 2016). "Pankaj Kapur Marriage: Love Truly Deserves A Second Chance". The Bridal Box. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Pankaj Kapur: My son Shahid Kapoor is smart. He became a star first, then an actor". India Today. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Karamchand was first of its kind, says Pankaj Kapur". Hindustan Times. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Pankaj Kapur on his literary debut and why it took 27 years". The Indian Express. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Actor Pankaj Kapur's debut novel 'Dopehri' revolves around 'Amma Bi'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Pankaj Kapur". Koimoi. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  11. ^ Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986).
  12. ^ "Pankaj Kapur in Toba Tek Singh". Deccan Chronicle. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury on Lost: It will make you question, introspect, and tug at your heartstrings". Pinkvilla. 11 October 2021. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Screen Videocon Film Awards Winners". Screen. Archived from the original on 20 October 2002. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  15. ^ Journalists, artists honoured by Journalist Association of India with National Award 2007 Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.

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