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Anil Kapoor is an Indian actor and producer who has appeared in over hundred Hindi-language films, as well as international films and television series. His career has spanned 40 years as an actor, and as a producer since 2005

Nickname(s)Mr. India, Lakkhan
Profession(s)Actor, Producer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet inches- 5’ 10”
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth1956-12-24
Age (as in 2019)63 Years
BirthplaceBombay, Bombay State, India
Zodiac signCapricorn
SignatureAnil Kapoor's Signature
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra, India
SchoolOur Lady of Perpetual Succour High School, Mumbai
CollegeSt. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
Educational Qualification12th Standard (Expelled from college due to lack of attendance)
DebutFilm (Hindi): Hamare Tumhare (1979) (cameo role)
Film (Hindi): Woh Saat Din (lead role)
Film (Telugu): Vamsa Vruksham (1980)
Film (Kannada): Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1983)Anil Kapoor's Kannada Debut Pallavi Anu Pallavi
Film (Malayalam): Chandralekha (1997)
Film (British): Slumdog Millionaire (2008)Anil Kapoor's British Debut Slumdog Millionaire
Film (Hollywood): Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)Anil Kapoor's Hollywood Debut Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Film (Production): Badhaai Ho Badhaai (2002)Anil Kapoor's Production Debut Badhaai Ho Badhaai
TV: 24 (2010, American TV Series)
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Address31 Shrinagar, 7th Road, JVPD Scheme, Mumbai
Anil Kapoor's House
HobbiesPainting, Gymming, Travelling
Filmfare Awards
1985: Best Supporting Actor Award for Mashaal
1989: Best Actor Award for Tezaab
1993: Best Actor Award for Beta
1998: Critics Award for Best Actor for Virasat
2000: Best Supporting Actor Award for Taal
2016: Best Supporting Actor Award for Dil Dhadakne Do
National Film Awards
2001: Best Actor for Pukar
2008: Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) for Gandhi, My Father
Other Awards
2010: Lifetime Achievement Award for AXN Action Awards
2016: Times of India Film Awards in category Best Supporting Actor Male for Dil Dhadakne Do
2018: Best Supporting Actor - Male for Mubarakan at Zee Cine Awards
Government Of India Awards
1997: Honoured with"Nata Kalaratna" by the Government of Andhra Pradesh
2002: Awadh Samman by the Government of Uttar Pradesh
2011: Conferred with Lalitha Kala Samrat title by the Government of Andhra Pradesh
Note: Along with these, he has many other awards, honours, and achievements to his name.
Controversies• Once, Abhay Deol showed his frustration in media at the makers of 'Aisha' (2010), i.e., Sunil Manchanda, Rhea Kapoor, and Anil Kapoor, for getting sidelined in the film's promotions. In reply, Anil Kapoor, the co-producer of the film, said on Karan Johar's show Koffee with Karan that "Abhay Deol needs help in every way."
• In 2016, the Western Railway sent a notice to the production house M/S Market Men Consumer & Events Pvt Ltd for shooting a promotional ad in a running train. According to the Western Railway official, Anil Kapoor was seen dangerously clinging onto the footboard of a running train in Mumbai for his upcoming TV series "24: Season 2", on 14 July 2017, which was an offence under the Railway Act.
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsMadhuri Dixit (Actress, Rumour)
Kimi Katkar (Actress, Rumour)
Sunita Bhambhani Kapoor (Costume Designer)
Marriage Date1984-05-19 00:00:00
Wife/SpouseSunita Bhambhani Kapoor, Costume Designer (m.1984-present)
ChildrenSon- Harshvardhan Kapoor (Actor, born in 1990)
Daughters- Sonam Kapoor (Actress, born in 1985), Rhea Kapoor (Producer, born in 1987)
ParentsFather- Late Surinder Kapoor (Producer)
Mother- Nirmal Kapoor
SiblingsBrothers- Boney Kapoor (Elder, Producer), Sanjay Kapoor (Younger, Actor)
Sister- Reena Kapoor
Nephew/Niece(s)Nephews- Arjun Kapoor
Mohit Marwah
Jahaan Kapoor
Nieces- Jhanvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor
Anshula Kapoor
Shanaya Kapoor
Favourite Things
FoodGujarati Thali, Baingan ka Bharta with chappatis and mooli parathas, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Fish
Actor(s)Raj Kapoor, Charlie Chaplin
ActressesRekha, Sridevi, Katrina Kaif
SongRock On Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara by Farhan Akhtar from the film 'Rock On'
Director(s)Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle
Colour(s)Black, White, Red
Restaurant(s)Restaurants in Mayfair, London, The Bar at Dorchester
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionAudi RS7, Mercedes ML350, BMW 7-Series 760 Li, W222 Mercedes Benz S-Class
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs. 3-4 Crore/film
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 120 Crores ($18 Million)

Some Lesser Known Facts About Anil Kapoor

  • Does Anil Kapoor smoke?: No
  • Does Anil Kapoor drink alcohol?: Yes
  • Anil was born and brought up in Chembur, Mumbai to a Punjabi family of film producers.
  • Initially, his family used to live in Raj Kapoor‘s garage in Mumbai, but later they shifted to the “chawl” area of the city.
  • He has also worked in Raj Kapoor’s garage to financially support his family.
  • Anil had a habit of playing and running bare feet in his childhood.
  • His father was a renowned film producer who earlier used to work as Shammi Kapoor‘s Secretary.
  • He was denied admission in Pune Film Institute, as he failed the written examination there.
  • Although his debut was Hamare Tumhare, he shot for “Tu Payal Mein Geet” first when he was just 14, but due to some circumstances, the film went unreleased.
  • In 1983, he got his first lead role in a Hindi film titled “Woh Saat Din” and his character- Prem Pratap Singh became a household name.
  • His role in the movie Mashaal, opposite Dilip Kumar, added a feather to his career cap; as he signed two films- Jaanbaz and Mere Jung on the night of the premiere of Mashaal.
  • The same night, he went to his then-girlfriend, Sunita’s house and proposed her for marriage.
  • Apart from acting, he is a trained semi-classical singer and has sung songs like “Pyaar Kiya Nahi Jata” from Woh Saat Din and the title track of the 1986 Bollywood comedy Chameli Ki Shaadi.
  • On 19 May 1984, he tied the knot with the love of his life- Sunita, and they have three children- two daughters named Sonam and Rhea and one son named Harshvardhan.
  • His 1985 flick ‘Meri Jung’ was the turning point of his career, which labelled him as “Mature” in the Indian cinema. At first, he was offered the role of a villain, but he ended up in the lead role. Here’s a glimpse of a famous scene from the movie:
  • Anil, along with Salma Agha, came up with his pop album titled “Welcome” in 1986, in which he sang all the songs with Salma and music was by Bappi Lahiri.
  • In 1987, in his film Mr India, he was seen in the same pair of clothes and hat in all the scenes, but Amitabh Bachchan was the first choice for his role.
  • He created a benchmark in Indian cinema with his incredible performance in the movie- Tezaab. Just a few days prior to the release of the movie, he shot for a scene on the railway track and it was added to the final cut of the movie, a day before the release of the movie.
  • He is popularly known worldwide for his signature word ‘Jhakaas’!
  • For his movie- Nayak-The Real Hero, he did 7 months of gym training for a 3D fighting scene, which became very famous afterwards. However, at the time of the shoot, Anil refused to shave his body hair, and it was planned on the spot to smear him with mud.
  • Badhaai Ho Badhaai was his first production, followed by My Wife’s Murder in 2005, Gandhi, My Father, and many more.
  • In an interview with a magazine, Anil revealed that it was the hardest to shoot for the mud fighting scene; as it was very difficult for him to apply and remove Multani Mitti again and again, as it gets dried up in few minutes.
  • He is the only actor who has been in all the three parts of the Race movie series- Race, Race 2, Race 3, in the role of detective Robert D’ Costa, who is a funny-cum intelligent cop.
  • In 2008, he did his first International film- Slumdog Millionaire, in which he played the role of Prem Kumar, the game’s show host, and the movie won 8 Academy Awards (Oscar) in different categories.
  • In an interview with Preity Zinta on her talk show, Anil Kapoor revealed that he first talked to Sunita on phone and fell in love with her voice, and with time, they came closer to each other and their love story started.
  • In 2010, he was featured in American TV Series titled “24” as Kamistan President Omar Hassan and then also in Indian TV Series on the same name of the American- 24, as the lead actor- Jai Singh Rathod.
  • For his phenomenal contribution to Cinema, Anil Kapoor was honoured with a Wax Statue at Madame Tussauds in Singapore.
  • During the entire shoot of Dil Dhadakne Do, he was not allowed to show his look and was given a bandanna to cover his head. Moreover, it took around 100 hours to design Anil’s hairstyle for the film.
  • He once compared himself with a bottle of French wine, which gets better and better with age.
  • In 2017, he played a full-fledged Sardar look for the very first time in his career in the film- Mubarakan.
  • He is Ranveer Singh‘s uncle, as his wife is the first cousin of Ranveer’s father.
  • He is very much self-obsessed; as he disclosed that whenever he finds some source or alternative of a mirror, he stops for a while and watches himself and boost his self-confidence.
  • Anil has quit smoking after his daughter, Sonam Kapoor entered Bollywood, as he promised her to do so after the start of her career.
  • In 2018, he was starred in Total Dhamaal, along with Madhuri Dixit after 18 long years and also Ajay Devgn.
  • He considers his positivity and eating habits the biggest reason behind his great health and physique.

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Got so involved in my work today as usual as I always look forward and not at the past .. but still, there are some milestones in your life you should not forget…#37YearsOfWoh7Din, 37 years of being a star actor, always been tradeable, accessible, working and making choices… good…bad…great…sometimes even if they might not have seemed right at the time but have always stood the test of time. Started as an actor, become a star…super star according to the trade….then a flop star…rose as a star again…international star…supporting actor….evergreen star and the list goes on… labels never really mattered to me nor did I ever take them seriously…I have always been aware of my talent & caliber…just wanted to feed my love and hunger for work…37 years later it’s still the same and hopefully by the grace of almighty will continue to remain the same….A Big Thank You to all my fans, filmmakers, co-actors & crews that I have worked with…. and of course my family for being my backbone….

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