Shekhar Kapur

Director, Actor, Producer
Although he wanted to pursue a career in show business, Shekhar Kapur studied business in order to please his parents. Emigrating to Great Britain, he spent several years working as an accountant and management ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1951 in India

Filmography

Director (10)

Passage 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Masoom 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

("Upper East Side") (Director)

Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Four Feathers 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Elizabeth 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Bandit Queen 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. India 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Damien (Tv Show)

Director

Larklight (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

Vishwaroop 2013 (Movie)

Col. Jaganaathan (Actor)

Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Nazar 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (1)

Dil Se... 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Although he wanted to pursue a career in show business, Shekhar Kapur studied business in order to please his parents. Emigrating to Great Britain, he spent several years working as an accountant and management consultant before he capitulated and answered the siren call of 'Bollywood'. Returning to Bombay, the darkly handsome. bearded Kapur embarked on a career as a print model and performer. While he found some success on the small screen, he came across as stiff, almost wooden in his film appearances. Abandoning acting, Kapur moved to the director's chair with the coming-of-age tale "Masoom/Innocent" (1983). Ironically, the man who was so ill-at-ease before the camera has proven to be an elegant and capable filmmaker, often eliciting strong and deeply felt performances from his casts.

Relationships

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi

Wife
popular performer sometimes referred to as "India's Madonna" married in 1996 divorced in 2007

Milestones

2007

Reteamed with Blanchett to direct "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," a sequel to his award winning feature "Elizabeth"

2006

Formed Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation with Sir Richard Branson, author Deepak Chopra and entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Suresh Seetharaman and Gotham Chopra

2002

Helmed the remake of "Four Feathers" starring Heath Ledger, and Kate Hudson

2002

Executive produced the Bollywood-themed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Bombay Dreams" in London's West End

1998

Directed the Academy Award-winning period film "Elizabeth," starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Joseph Fiennes

1994

Earned international success with the controversial film "Bandit Queen," originally made for British TV

1990

Acted in the Bollywood film, "Drishti"

1987

Had box-office success with the children's fantasy "Mr. India"

1983

Won praise for his directorial debut "Masoom/Innocent"

1977

Returned to India at age 25 to pursue show business career (date approximate)

Established an Indian talkies film company with Ram Gopal Verma and Mani Ratnam

Emmigrated to London; worked as an accountant and later a management consultant

Appeared as leading actor in three unsuccessful features

Bonus Trivia

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Website: http://www.quasar.co.in/ShekharKapur

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Kapur's film "Bandit Queen" was disowned by its subject Phoolan Devi and became the subject of several court battles; Devi attempted to block its release in India while others filed suit claiming the film was "indecent" as it contained nudity and "abusive language"; Indian courts also blocked the film from being the country's official selection for the 1995 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film

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