Shekhar Kulbhushan Kapoor (born 6 December 1945)is an Indian film director, actor, and film producer, known for his works in Hindi cinema and international cinema. Part of the Anand family, Kapur became known in Bollywood with his recurring role in the TV series Khandan in the mid-1980s and his directorial debut in the cult Bollywood film Masoom in 1983, which won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for that year, before gaining widespread success with the science fiction film Mr. India (1987).He gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen, based on Mala Sen's biography of infamous Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Filmfare Critics Awards for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year. It was premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival.In international cinema, his historical biopics on Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), have earned him acclaim, with the former winning the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film and both winning an Academy Award.Kapur has also been the recipient of a National Board of Review Award, as well as an Indian National Film Award and three Filmfare Awards. In 2010, he served as one of the Jury Members (International Competition) at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.In 2020, Kapur became the current president of the Film and Television Institute of India.
He was married to Medha Gujral, niece of former Indian Prime Minister I. K. Gujral. They split in 1994. Medha later married popular bhajan singer Anup Jalota (she was his third wife). She died on 25 November 2014 at a hospital in New York City of liver failure following a second heart and first kidney transplant.Kapur then married Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, an Indian actress, writer, painter and singer in 1997. They are divorced. They have a daughter named Kaveri Kapur.
Shekhar Kulbhushan Kapoor was born on 6 December 1945 in Lahore, Punjab, British India to Kulbhushan Kapoor, a doctor with a flourishing practice, and his wife Sheel Kanta Kapoor. On a train from the newly created Pakistan to India, a massacre took place; Kapur's mother Sheel played dead and hid both himself and his sister under her body. Reflecting on this, Kapur stated that the partition of India happened through "the blood of one people".The nephew of famous Indian actor Dev Anand, he was discouraged from getting into films by his father. Sheel Kanta was the sister of actors Chetan, Dev and Vijay Anand. Kapur is the only son of his parents and he has three sisters. One of his sisters, Neelu, was the first wife of actor Navin Nischol, while another sister, Aruna, is the wife of actor Parikshit Sahni. His third and youngest sister is Sohaila Kapoor.Kapur attended Modern School of New Delhi. He studied economics at St. Stephen's College. At 22, he became a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in England, having studied accountancy at the behest of his parents.Kapur started his career working with a multinational oil company. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1970, and spent several years working as an accountant and management consultant.
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Jill Billcock: The Art of Film Editing
Australian film editor Jill Bilcock is one of the world's most sought after film editors, having edited beloved films such as STRICTLY BALLROOM, ROMEO+JULIET, MURIEL’S WEDDING, ELIZABETH, MOULIN ROUGE...
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Pradhanmantri was an Indian television political documentary series, hosted by actor-director Shekhar Kapur on Hindi news channel ABP News. It premiered on July 13, 2013. It aims to bring to the audie...
Venice 70: Future Reloaded
Made for the Venice Film Festival's 70th anniversary, seventy filmmakers made a short film between 60 and 90 seconds long on their interpretation of the future of cinema.
Ishkq in Paris
Akash nd Ishkq meet on a train from Rome to Paris and spend a romantic evening together.
There is a happy marriage between a nuclear oncologist and a Kathak dance teacher in New York. She is from a middle class family in Chennai and married a dance master to pursue her studies in the USA....
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New York, I Love You
New York, I Love You explores the intimate lives of New Yorkers as they grapple with, delight in and search for love. From the Diamond District in the heart of Manhattan, through Chinatown and the Upp...
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Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai
A peek into the lives of many Bollywood faces and Indian celebrities with interviews of their families and friends.
The Four Feathers
The story is set in 1885 and follows a British officer who resigns his post when he learns of a plan to ship out to Sudan. Four white feathers were sent to him by his friends and fiancée. He disguises...
Bored with Bollywood movies but fascinated with their Hollywood counterparts from his youth, Ram dreams of becoming a singer and actor in America. When his American friend brags about living in a pent...
The story of the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First are contained in the book.
A journalist falls for a woman on an assignment, but she doesn't reciprocate his feelings. A woman shows up at a man's door asking for help when he is about to get married.
The eponymous Bandit Queen is a lower-caste girl who was repeatedly raped and brutalized and found freedom only as avenging warrior. This extraordinary biographical film offers both a vivid portrait o...
Based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The Meek One", Nazar is the saga of a Bombay-based antique dealer-cum-money lender (Shekhar Kapur), who at the age of 40, marries a woman (Shambhavi Kaul) who is 17, and...
Sandhya and Nikhil have been married for eight years and live in Bombay with their daughter. Their lives change when Nikhil and Vrinda have an affair.
Jhanvi Kaul is on trial for the murder of her lover and employer, Ranjeet Choudhary. A series of prosecution witnesses build a damning case against her - that the two of them had embezzled large sums ...
Two partners namely, Murlidhar and Narang, betray their third partner and take over his business. Ramnath works as a watchman in this organization, and he sees illegal business taking place, and attem...
A man takes orphans into his home. After discovering his scientist father's invisibility device, he rises to the occasion and fights to save his children and India from the clutches of a megalomaniac....
D.K. He lives a comfortable lifestyle with his wife and two daughters. He works in an office. While the family is relaxing, D.K. A young school-going boy is brought home by the man after he got a phon...
Ishk Ishk Ishk
Dhun is from a wealthy family and wants to see the world on his own. On his journey, he comes upon an inn run by Pahar. He met the daughters and fell in love with one of them. Both of them hope to mar...