This month, BollyCurry puts the chocolate boy Shahid Kapoor
in the luminous spotlight of Celeb In the Spotlight.
on February 25, 1981, Shahid Kapoor
was born to Pankaj Kapoor
and Neelima Azeem
(actor/classical dancer). At the age of 3, with his
parents having divorced, he lived with his mother at his grandparents'
house. Although he shares a friendly relationship with his father
and stepmother Supriya Pathak
, he chooses to keep his step-father's
surname, Khattar, on his passports. Speaking of family, his lineage is
filled with nothing but well-known
images of the past; dating all the
way back to the era of Mughal Empire, even before the age of British
India, is Hali, the chief protege of Ghalib, the famous Urdu poet. The
list of famous previous generations also includes his great grandfather
K. A. Abbas, a film director, screenwriter, novelist and jounarlist, and
his maternal grandfather Anwar Azeem, the Marxist journalist and
Biharian author. There is no doubt that talent is in his blood!
to his career as an actor, he too has had his share of struggles. It
all began with him working for music videos and doing advertisements
before he entered the film industry. He was also a background dancer in
movies before being recruited for male leads. One such incident was
working in Taal
in the song 'Kahin Aag Lage Lag Jawe'. Post this,
Kapoor decided to end his time with the Shiamak Davar
Institute for the
Performing Arts and solely focus on making his Bollywood debut.
Kapoor's first Bollywood debut was in Ken Ghosh's movie Ishq Vishk
with Amrita Rao
as his co-actress. For the same, he was acknowledged
for his performance and awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
Other films by him include Fida
, 36 China Town
, Jab We Met
, Dil Maange More
, Chance Pe Dance
, etc. All of the films have received mixed reviews, with it being no surprise that his best film so far has been Vivah
, opposite Amrita Rao.
sweet role was accepted and much appreciated by the audience and he
received many accolades from the critics as well. The film was also his
first major commercial success.
the box office graph of his movies has decreased. However, the experts
claim his performance graph with each movie only increases. As people
say, one just has to be careful with the decisions they make and the
same is true here with Shahid choosing to show his versatility. Other
than acting, dancing, and marking his presence in music videos and
advertisements, this young lad has also anchored the 14th IIFA Awards in Macau, alongside Shah Rukh Khan
Shahid was most recently seen in Prabhu Deva's masala
entertainer R... Rajkumar
, which opened to negative reviews from critics and a mediocre opening. Kapoor's upcoming project includes Vishal Bharadwaj's Haider
an adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet. The movie will
also star Shraddha Kapoor
and Tabu, and will mark the third recreation
of Shakespeare's plays that Bharadwaj has undertaken.
Did you know?
- Kapoor's ratio on the number of awards won equates to the number of nominations: 20-20.
- He has been nominated for the Star Screen Jodi No. 1 award a total of 4 times - twice with Kareena Kapoor for Fida (2005) and Jab We Met (2008), once with Amrita Rao (Vivah (2007)) and once with Priyanka Chopra (Kaminey (2010)).
- During shooting of Milenge Milenge, Kapoor asked for a delay in his shooting in order to promote the film Dil Maange More - coincidentally saving the crew from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami (the hotel where the crew was to stay had been destroyed)
with that we sign off, hoping that Shahid's graph in the box office
raises once again and he continues to give exceptional performances.
Writer: Khushi P.
Editor(s): Gunia M.
Graphics: Shikha A.