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Shahid Kapoor

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Born on February 25, 1981, Shahid Kapoor is an Indian actor starring in a Hindi movie. Initially recognized for playing romantic roles, he has since appeared in action films and thrillers, and has won several awards, including three Filmfare Awards.

A famous celebrity, Kapoor has quite a few followers on Twitter and Instagram. Considered one of India's most attractive male celebrities, he regularly appears in British magazine Eastern Eye's "50 Sexiest Asian Men in the World." In 2012 and 2013 he was ranked 4th, and in 2017 he was ranked 1st. He was ranked 5th on The Times of India's list of 50 Most Desirable Men in 2014. He was in the top 10 in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Kapoor was named by PETA the Sexiest Vegetarian in India and Asia Pacific in 2009 and 2011 respectively. From 2012 to 15, 2017 and 2019, he was placed in the top 50, ranking 15th in 2015 in Forbes' "Celebrity 100" Indian edition, a list based on income and popularity of Indian celebrities. Kapoor is a famous ambassador for several brands and products including Samsung, Elf Aquitaine and Colgate. In 2019, his wax dolls were unveiled at Madame Tussauds Singapore.

After completing the task of a talent judge on the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded, Kapoor appeared opposite Alia Bhatt in Vikas Bahl's Shaandaar (2015). A critical and commercial failure is about insomnia falling in love at a destination wedding. Kapoor next played a drug abuse rock star in Udta Punjab (2016) in the crime drama Udta Punjab (2016) by director Abhisek Chaubey, who documented the abuse of drugs occurring in Punjab, India. Kapoor, a teetotaler, found it difficult to play an addict. He was based on the roles of several pop stars and was interested in eliciting the character's fragility despite his unpleasant behavior. Udta Punjab was controversial because the portrayal of Punjab was negative as the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) demanded extensive censorship before theater release. These demands have sparked a debate about freedom of expression in India. After the producers filed a lawsuit against the board, the Bombay High Court released a one-scene cut of Kapoor's character pissing on people. Sukanya Verma noted the anti-drug message in the film. She considered Kapoor to be "incredibly free" in his part and added that "the belief he brings to a complex transition while preserving his inherent weaknesses deserves all praise." Kapoor won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (in collaboration with Aligarh's Manoj Bajpayee) and was nominated for Best Actor at the same ceremony.

After playing the opposite Vidya Balan in the romantic comedy Kismat Konnection (2008), Kapoor played the twin brothers in the caper thriller Kaminey (2009), acclaimed by critics of Vishal Bhardwaj. In preparation, Kapoor met with a language expert to investigate the medical and psychological aspects of both conditions. Kapoor practiced functional training and followed a strict diet in order to build a slender physique for one of his brothers, who he thought was "dramatically different" from his appearance. Critic Joe Leydon rated Kapoor as "an impressive display of emotional intensity of varying degrees enough to maintain the fantasies of two distinct characters. Likewise, it gives each sibling an appropriately high sternness index." Rediff.com named Kapoor's acting as Best of Bollywood Actor in 2009 and he was nominated for the Filmfare's Second Best Actor. Kaminey has earned more than $700 million ($9.8 million) worldwide. Kapoor's last release in 2009 was a cricketer for Dil Bole Hadippa!, a romantic comedy co-starred by Rani Mukerji. It was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it was a financial failure.

In addition to acting in films, Kapoor performs on stage and hosts awards ceremonies. In 2006, he took part on a world tour named RockStars and performed with Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham, Salman Khan and three other celebrities. During 2010-12, Kapoor co-hosted three Screen Awards awards with Shah Rukh Khan, and in 2012-14 co-hosted three International Indian Film Academy Awards with Khan or Farhan Akhtar.

Shahid Kapoor has won three Filmfare Awards: Ishq Vishk's Actor Debut (2003), Haider's Actor (2014), and Udta Punjab (2016) Actor Criticism Virtual. He was nominated for four more Best Actor Awards at the awards ceremony of Jab We Met (2007), Kaminey (2009), Udta Punjab and Kabir Singh (2019).

Dave Besseling, a journalist at GQ, described Kapoor in 2014 as "a kind, ridiculous, caring type of college student. I want to play video games on Sundays, but I'm far from my sister." However, certain media publications classified Kapoor as a hermit and described him as arrogant and temperamental. Vickey Lalwani of Mumbai Mirror wrote in 2012 that these recognized media images prevent certain filmmakers from approaching him for the role. Regarding this image, Kapoor said, "I don't socialize a lot and don't party too much. I don't know what to tell the media if I don't talk about the film I'm doing. Yeah, maybe I'll be perceived as a snob."

Ishq Vishk tells the story of high school student Rajiv Mathur (Kapoor) and has a romantic relationship with two contrasting classmates (played by Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasurywala). Kapoor was fascinated by the idea of ​​playing a bad lead because it deviated from the traditional portrayal of a teenage hero in Indian cinema. Critic Ziya Us Salam, writing for Hinduism, did not discover that he was "heroic material" and added that "boyhood seems to have lingered over his face, but not necessarily bad in the acting department." However, the film gained popularity at the box office, and Kapoor won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.

Kapoor promised to star in the sports drama Jersey, a remake of the Telugu film of the same name, co-starring Mrunal Thakur. While filming the cricket scene, he was injured on his forehead, requiring 13 stitches.

Shahid Kapoor next played 14th-century Rajput ruler Rawal Ratan Singh in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical play Padmaavat (2018), co-starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. It was publicly licensed by the CBFC after several modifications amid violent protests by right-wing Hindu groups who speculated that the film distorted historical facts. Huff Post's Ankur Patak was disappointed in the film's adherence to retrogressive patriarchal conventions and accused Kapoor of being "too stiff and robotic." Padmaavat's production budget was $2 billion ($28 million), making it the most expensive Hindi film ever. With a total revenue of $5.45 billion (US$76 million) worldwide, the film is one of the highest-grossing Indian films in history and the biggest success in Kapoor's career. Later that year, he learned the Garhwali dialect by appearing in Batti Gul Meter Chalu, a social issue film about electricity in rural India. Filming was temporarily suspended as the production company KriArj Entertainment did not pay the production crew, and it resumed after Bhushan Kumar took over the project. Saibal Chatterjee said, "Working in scarce and confusing scenarios, Kapoor does his best to make the most of bad deals, but she can't handle the real power."

Shahid Kapoor, son of actor Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azeem, was born in New Delhi. His parents separated when he was three, and he continued to live with his mother. They moved to Mumbai when he was 10 years old and joined Shiamak Davar's dance academy. Kapoor appeared as a background dancer in several films in the 1990s and later appeared in music videos and TV commercials. He made his film debut in 2003 starring in the romantic comedy Ishq Vishk, which won the Filmfare Award for his best male debut. He took on roles in several commercial failures before appearing in Sooraj Barjatya's highest-grossing family drama Vivah (2006).

Shahid Kapoor then reunited with director Vishal Bhardwaj, filming Hyder (2014), an adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragic Hamlet set in the 1995 Kashmir conflict, where he took on opposite roles of Tabu and Shraddha Kapoor. Kapoor described the film as the “hardest” film of his career and waived the cast fee. For the role, he learned to push his head and speak in the Kashmir dialect. Hyder was controversial but critically acclaimed among Indian nationalists who described the Kashmir conflict. Mint's Sanjukta Sharma found the film to be "a very effective reinvention of Shakespeare" and especially praised Kapoor for his role as "impressive passion and creativity". Critic Anupama Chopra, who wrote about the Hindustan Times, added that although Kapoor initially seemed uncomfortable in a complex central role, he "slowly resides in Haider, from anger to jealousy, to madness from heartbeat". Kapoor has won several awards, including the Screen Award, Producers Guild Film Award, and Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

Producer Ramesh Taurani, who discovered Kapoor in Aryans' music video "Aankhon Mein", wanted to cast him in a movie. But Taurani, who met him, thought Kapoor, who was 20 at the time, too young and underweight to become an actor, and encouraged him to wait a few years. Meanwhile, Kapoor turned down the lead role in N. Chandra's sex-comedy style, hoping to work with Taurani. Taurani found a suitable project for Kapoor in the teenage romance Ishq Vishk (2003), directed by Ken Ghosh for his company. Kapoor, who had been extensively trained for the bulkier body structure, was eventually hired. Before starting work on the film, he attended an acting workshop with Naseeruddin Shah and Satyadev Dubey.

In his third collaboration with Vishal Baradwaz, an epic romance set titled Rangoon (2017) during World War II, Kapoor played the role of a rude soldier who developed romance with a movie star (played by Kangana Ranaut). The shoot was damaged by a feud between Ranaut and Kapoor, they denied the report, but the two stars publicly commented on the opponent. This film received mixed reviews. Rajeev Masand dubbed the film "too long and tiringly indulgent", but praised Kapoor for his role as "amazing maturity". Also, Mint's Uday Bhatia was grateful for Ranaut and Kapoor's chemical reaction. Rangoon has failed to recover its $610 million ($8.6 million) investment.

Shahid Kapoor was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Actor by playing his twin brothers in Imtiaz Ali's romantic comedy Jab We Met (2007) and Vishal Bhardwaj's thriller Kaminey (2009). After starring in another series of unsuccessful films, he starred in the action film R...Rajkumar (2013). Kapoor was praised by critics for playing the character Hamlet in Bhardwaj's tragedy Haider (2014) and a drug abuse singer in the crime drama Udta Punjab (2016). The former won the Best Actor Award and the latter won the Best Actor Award. Kapoor's top returns came with the period drama Padmaavat (2018) and the romantic drama Kabir Singh (2019).

Shahid Kapoor has been interested in dancing since childhood, and at the age of 15 he joined Shiamak Davar's dance institute. As a student there, Kapoor starred as a background dancer in the films Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Taal (1999), where Davar worked as a choreographer. During a stage performance at the institute, Kapoor performed the songs "Vogue" and "GoldenEye", which produced a positive response from the audience. He described the experience as the first time he "feeled like a star." He later became an instructor at the institute. During this time, Kapoor and a friend attended an audition for a Pepsi ad featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Kazol and Rani Mukherjee, but the part was done on their own. He has appeared specifically in TV commercials for the Kit Kat and Close-Up brands, and has appeared in music videos for several performers, including the band Aryans and singer Kumar Sanu. Kapoor also worked as his father's assistant director in the 1998 TV series Mohandas B.A.L.L.B.

Kapoor didn't succeed in 2007's first release, the ensemble comedy Fool & Final. However, his second release that year, Jab We Met, a romantic comedy directed by Imtiaz Ali, proved to be one of the top-grossing films of the year. The film tells the story of a troubled businessman (Kapoor) who changes his life after meeting a troubled girl (Kareena Kapoor) on a train. Ali approached him to portray a more complex character, thinking that Kapoor's previous role did not justify his acting potential. The BBC commented on how "loving" he was in the movie, and CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand wrote that he left an indelible impression of understated and mature performance in a film he thought was primarily owned by Kareena Kapoor. His performance made Kapoor the first nomination for Best Actor's Filmfare Award.

Entertainment portal Bollywood Hungama, which analyzed his career, announced that his "boy next door persona" was initially perceived as a weakness by critics, but admitted to turning him into a trademark. Filmfare's Jitesh Pillai wrote that after being recognized for his romantic role in the city, he took on various parts in crime dramas and action films to challenge typecasting. He pointed out that Kapoor's refusal to be "placed under some kind of tag" caused a shift in his career trajectory. Following the success of Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009), Kapoor's career declined. He described this step as a series of "wrong choices" and said taking on a challenging role in Haider (2014) helped him rediscover himself. Sonal Gera of The Indian Express said the film founded him in Bollywood. In her book Power of a Common Man, author Koral Dasgupta wrote that Kapoor does not "obey the fixed rules of trade", and despite the unilateral box office success rate, he still has a popular audience.

In March 2015, Kapoor said a marriage to Mira Rajput, a student from New Delhi, a 13-year-old junior, was imminent. The Times of India reported that Kapoor met Rajput through the Dharmic religious group Radha Soami Satsang Beas. The couple got married at a private wedding in Gurgaon on July 7, 2015, Rajput gave birth to a daughter Misha in August 2016 and a son Zain in September 2018.

Shahid Kapoor was born on February 25, 1981 in New Delhi to actor Pankaj Kapur and actor and dancer Neelima Azeem. His parents divorced when he was three years old. His father moved to Mumbai (married actress Supriya Pathak) and Kapoor continued to live in Delhi with his mother and grandparents. His grandparents were a reporter for the Russian magazine Sputnik, and Kapoor especially liked his grandfather. “He used to take me to school every day. He told me about my father who shared a good relationship with him and wrote to me.” His father, who was struggling as an actor in Mumbai at the time, visited Kapoor once a year on his birthday . When Kapoor was 10 years old, his mother, who worked as a dancer, moved to Mumbai to work as an actor.

In 2019, Kapoor starred in Kabir Singh, a remake of the Telugu romantic drama Arjun Redi (2017), acting self-destructive alcoholism for her ex-girlfriend. He found it difficult to distance himself from the parts and was afraid to bring experience to his wife and children. In the scene he played as a college student, he lost 14 kg. Shubhra Gupta, who wrote for The Indian Express, criticizes the film's misogynistic theme and says Kapoor is "too old for this role, and his dissolution doesn't feel as radically realized as he managed so well in Udta Punjab. "I found that. Nevertheless, it has earned more than $3.7 billion (US$52 million) worldwide, the second highest-grossing Hindi film of the year and the biggest commercial success with Kapoor starring the sole male star. He was nominated for another Best Actor at Filmfare.

Shahid Kapoor's personal life is the subject of avid tabloid reporting in India. While filming Fida in 2004, he started dating Kareena Kapoor, and both talked openly about the relationship. They got involved in a well-known scandal when Mid Day posted a set of publicly kissing photos. Despite the couple's claim that the photo had been fabricated, the newspaper denied anything wrong. The couple broke up during the filming of Jab Wimet in 2007. After the division, Kapoor decided to keep his personal life away from media attention. However, the tabloid speculated on his relationship with several other actresses, including Vidya Balan and Priyanka Chopra.

Shahid Kapoor practices vegetarianism and acknowledges that author Brian Hines' book Life is Fair has influenced these lifestyle choices. He also supports charities for a variety of purposes. In 2010, he participated in a charity event called Superstars Ka Jalwa to raise money for CINTAA (Cine and Television Artists Association) employees. Also that year he supported the NGO Swayamsiddh, helping children with special needs. The following year, he adopted three villages to support NDTV's Greenathon, an initiative to support environmental awareness and improve power supply in rural areas. In 2012, Kapoor helped revive the Victory Arts Foundation NGO, founded by Shiamak Davar, helping underprivileged children through dance therapy programs. Even that year, he starred alongside other Bollywood celebrities in Zoya Akhtar's short film'Because My World Is Not the Same' to raise awareness about breast cancer. He supports people's organizations for the ethical treatment of animals through advertising campaigns.

In addition to acting, Kapoor supported charities, hosted awards ceremonies, and appeared as a talent judge on the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded (2015). He is married to a housewife, Mira Rajput, and has two children.

In Mumbai, Azeem married actor Rajesh Khattar. Kapoor continued to live with his mother and Khattar until parting in 2001. Kapoor continues to use his last name in his passport. He has a maternal half-brother Ishaan from a marriage to his mother and Khattar. From his father's marriage to Pathak, he has two paternal half-brothers, Sanah and Ruhaan. Kapoor was educated at Gyan Bharati School in Delhi and Rajhans Vidyalaya in Mumbai. He later attended Mithi Bai University in Mumbai for three years.

After his debut, Kapoor reunited with Ghosh in a film that was considered significantly different from Ishq Vishk. Thriller Bloom (2004) featured him as a student in love, manipulated by a woman (Kareena Kapoor) and her lover (Fardeen Khan) to rob banks. Despite the criticism of the film, Rama Sharma of The Tribune wrote that Kapoor "shines in his role. He looks fresh. Because of this trait, as an impulsive, naive man in crime he can arouse your sympathy." . Later that year, Kapoor starred in the romantic comedy Dil Maange More, paired with three women: Soha Ali Khan, Tulip Joshi and Ayesha Takia. Rediff.com's Patcy N praised his dancing skills, but was wary of imitating Shah Rukh Khan's acting style. None of his 2004 releases were commercially successful.

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