Annu Kapoor

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Annu Kapoor
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Kapoor promoting Jolly LLB 2
BornAnil Kapoor
(1956-02-20) 20 February 1956 (age 66)
Bhopal, Bhopal State, India
🏳️ NationalityIndian
🏳️ CitizenshipIndian
💼 Occupation
Actor, anchor, radio presenter
📆 Years active  1979–present
👩 Spouse(s)Anupama Kapoor, Arunita Mukherjee (divorced)
👶 Children4

Annu Kapoor (born as Anil Kapoor[1][2][3][4] on 20 February 1956)[5] is an Indian film actor and television presenter best-remembered for hosting the vocal reality show Antakshari from 1993 to 2006 and his roles in Mr. India, Vicky Donor (2012) and Jolly LLB 2 (2017). He received Filmfare award as well as National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Vicky Donor.

Early life[edit]

Annu Kapoor was born in Itwara, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, on 20 February 1956, to Madanlal, a Punjabi father and Kamal, a Bengali mother. His father owned a travelling Parsi theatre company which performed in cities and towns, and his mother was a poet and a trained classical singer. His grandfather Dr 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.

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.[6]


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. 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 fond of singing. Kapoor has also appeared in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2.[7]

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.[8]

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".

Personal life[edit]

Kapoor's entire family is associated with art. His mother, Kamal Shabnam Kapoor, was a poet, teacher and scholar of Urdu, Arabic and Persian.[9][citation needed] Kapoor has promoted India's positive aspects in his programmes. Kapoor's sister Seema Kapoor, was married to actor Om Puri.[10][11]

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. Annu has four children (three sons— Kavan, Maahir and Evaan—and a daughter, Aradhita) from two marriages. His wife, Anupama, is American by birth.

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][2][3][4]


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 1994 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.


Award Category Film
V. Shantaram Best Director Abhay (The Fearless)[12]
42nd National Film Awards Best Children's Film
58th Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Vicky Donor[12]
60th National Film Awards Best Supporting Actor[13]
Colors Screen Awards Best Comedian
Star Guild Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Actor in a Comic Role
Times of India Film Awards Best Supporting Actor
14th IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actor


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2020 Chehredagger TBA Filming[14]
2020 Darbaan Narrator
2019 Dream Girl Jagjeet Singh Hero's father
2019 Khandaani Shafakhana Baby's uncle [15]
2019 The Fakir of Venice Sattar
2018 Mangal Ho Gyanii Jail Singh
2018 Missing Inspector Buddhu
2018 Home Himansh Sethi web series streaming on ALT Balaji
2018 Ba Baa Black Sheep Brian Morris/Santa Claus
2017 Jolly LLB 2 Adv. Pramod Mathur
2016 Saat Uchakkey
2015 Dharam Sankat Mein Adv. Nawab Mehmood Shah
2015 Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho Sualaal Gandass
2014 Shaukeen
2014 Saat Uchakkey
2014 Kisi Ne Titli Ko Dekha Hai Kya
2014 Jai Ho Democracy
2014 Muavza Bechu Bhai Muavza
2014 Badlapur Boys
2013 Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Sir Yograj Khanna
2012 Vicky Donor Dr. Baldev Chaddha Screen Award for Best Comedian
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
TOIFA Award 2013 for Best Supporting Actor
2012 Gali Gali Chor Hai
2011 7 Khoon Maaf Inspector Keemat Lal
2004 Aitraaz Barrister Ram Chauthrani
2004 Raincoat Landlord
2004 Kuch To Gadbad Hai Justice Balwant Khanna
2002 Om Jai Jagadish KK
2002 Hum Kisise Kum Nahin Munnu Mobile
2000 Tune Mera Dil Le Liyaa K.K.'s assistant
1999 Arjun Pandit Imran
1999 Kachche Dhaage
1997 Udaan Anand Lagpade
1996 Vijeta Constable Chamanlal
1996 Kala Pani Vinayak Damodar Savarkar Malayalam Film
1995 Anokha Andaaz
1995 Jawab
1994 Drohkaal Surinder
1993 Darr Vikram "Vicky" Oberoi
1993 Gardish Manishbhai Harishbhai
1993 Waqt Hamara Hai Cafeteria supervisor
1993 Sardar Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
1993 Dil Ki Baazi Bihari Daulatram's cook
1993 Shreemaan Aashique Masterji (song "Is Se Jyada Dukh Na Koi")
1992 Muskurahat Jaggan
1992 Paayal Pardesi
1992 Jeena Marna Tere Sang
1991 Ranbhoomi Stationmaster
1991 Vishnu-Devaa Petty thief
1991 Hum Havaldar Arjun Singh
1991 Jamai Raja Paltu/I.C. Mishra
1991 Yodha Umeed Singh
1990 Ghayal Drunkard
1990 Aawaz De Kahan Hai Hariya (AKA Harry)
1990 Pyasi Nigahen Susheel
1990 Veeru Dada Ibrahim Gharewali
1990 Zakhmi Zameen Madhav
1989 ChaalBaaz Daya Tribhuvan's servant
1989 Elaan-E-Jung
1989 Dost Forest officer
1989 Aakhri Gulam
1989 Main Azaad Hoon Munna
1989 Ram Lakhan Shiv Charan Mathur
1988 The Perfect Murder Tiny man
1988 Gunahon Ka Faisla Dinu
1988 Khoon Bahaa Ganga Mein
1988 Tezaab Abbas Ali Guldasta
1987 Diljalaa Fakir Baba
1987 Mr. India Mr. Gaitonde (editor)
1987 Susman Lakshmaya
1986 Chameli Ki Shaadi Chhadami Lal
1986 Ek Ruka Hua Faisla Juror #9
1985 Arjun Babu Ram
1985 Damul Sanjeevan
1984 Utsav Masseur Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
1984 Khandhar Anil
1984 Mashaal Nagesh
1983 Betaab Chelaram
1983 Mandi

Programme Notes
Khari-Khari Rajendra Bhatia
Darpan (two stories) Basu Chatterji
Phatichar Dr Quack
Kabir Anil Chaudry
Satya Ray Presents (one story) Satyajit Ray
Param Vir Chakra Chetan Anand
Quile Ka Rahasya Seema Kapoor
Close Up Antakshari Gajendra Singh
Chekhov Ki Duniya (one story) Ranjit Kapoor
Idea Jalsa By Durga Jasraj
Wheel Smart Shrimati For Doordarshan
Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka Gajendra Singh
Ek Se Badkar Ek Chota Packet
Bada Dhamaka Ki Funshala
Golden Era With Annu Kapoor Mastiii
Itihaas Gavah Hai(Voice Over) News24
Show Radio Station Name
Suhaana Safar With Annu Kapoor 92.7 Big FM


Parsi theatre
  • Laila Majnu
  • Harischandra
  • Shirin-Farhad
  • Bhakta Prahlad
  • Shree Krishna Avtar
  • Dahi Wali
  • Qatl-e-Tamizan
Modern plays
  • Antim Yatra: Directed by Barry John
  • Three Sisters: Written by Anton Chekhov, directed by E. Alkazi
  • The Great God Brown by Eugene O'Neill
  • The Zoo Story by Edward Albee
  • Ek Ruka Hua Faisla

See also[edit]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Annu Kapoor's name was Anil Kapoor! – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tripathi, Shailaja (9 April 2016). "Master raconteur". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Birthday Special: अन्नू कपूर का असली नाम है अनिल कपूर, 4 की जगह 10 हजार का चैक मिला तो बदलना पड़ा नाम". (in हिन्दी). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "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.
  5. "Annu Kapoor's Biography". Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  6. "Annu Kapoor: I would rather die than cheat my wife". The Times of India. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  7. "Vicky Donor – The Times of India". The Times of India.
  8. The Golden Era with Annu Kapoor, Montage on Vimeo
  9. "Annu Kapoor: I would rather die than cheat my wife - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  10. "Om Puri to star in his first wife Seema Kapoor's film". mid-day. 31 August 2016.
  11. "It was painful to see my sister suffer: Annu Kapoor". The Times of India.
  12. 12.0 12.1 ABHAY (The Fearless) Children's Film Society India
  13. "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  14. "#Chehre launch photo... Teams Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi for the first time... Costars Kriti Kharbanda, Rhea Chakraborty, Siddhanth Kapoor, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Raghubir Yadav and Annu Kapoor". Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  15. "Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Sharma, Annu Kapoor and singer Badshah [makes his acting debut]... Titled confirmed: #KhandaaniShafakhana... Release date finalized: 26 July 2019... Directed by Shilpi Dasgupta... Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Mahaveer Jain". Twitter. Taran Adarsh. Retrieved 11 June 2019.

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