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Shahid Kapoor
Also known as: Dodo, Sasha
Actor • Special Appearances
Born: February 25, 1981 in Delhi, India
Shahid Kapoor is a Bollywood actor who carved his own way into the Hindi film industry, and his initial roles in the films helped him create a chocolate boy image. Son of actor Pankaj Kapur and dancer Neelima Azeem, Shahid Kapoor started off as a background dancer for Hindi films while working for Shiamak Davar`s dance institute, and has been part of the industry for 20 years. The actor is not only known for his charming looks but is also considered to be a genuine and serious actor after giving successful hits like Jab Wet Met and Kaminey. A London-based weekly, Eastern Eye, ranked the actor as the fourth `Sexiest Asian Man in The World` in 2011. In 2012, the actor won the title of `Chivas Award for The Ultimate GQ Man`. The actor won multiple awards for his performance in Haider.
Early Life
Born to actor Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azeem, Shahid was born 25th February 1981 in Delhi. He studied and completed his primary education from Gyan Bharti School. His parents got divorced when he was three years old. Pankaj Kapur shifted to Mumbai, while Neelima Azeem continued to work as a dancer in Delhi. It is believed that Shahid was extremely close to his maternal grandfather and that the two shared a great relationship. Pankaj Kapur, who was then a struggling actor, would visit Shahid on his birthday every year. Shahid shifted to Mumbai with his mother when he turned ten. After coming to Mumbai, Neelima Azeem married actor and voice-over artist Rajesh Khattar, and the couple has a son, Ishaan Khattar. Shahid Kapoor continued to stay with Neelima and Rajesh until the couple got divorced in 2001. Stepbrothers Shahid and Ishaan continue to have a good rapport. Pankaj Kapur married Supriya Pathak and the couple has two children - Sanah Kapoor and Ruhaan Kapoor.
Personal Life
After coming to Mumbai, Shahid Kapoor joined Rajhans Vidyalaya and completed his secondary education, and graduated from Mithibai College. At the same time, he joined Shiamak Davar`s dance school. It was at the dancing institute that Shahid started working as a background dancer in Hindi films. While working in advertisements and song videos, he met Hrishitaa Bhatt whom he dated for a brief period of time. After entering Bollywood, the actor soon started dating his co-star Kareena Kapoor. The couple ended their three-year relationship during the shoot of Jab We Met. The actor also dated Priyanka Chopra for a short period of time, even though the two never publicly admitted to their relationship. Since then, Shahid has been linked with many of his co-stars including Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, and Shraddha Kapoor among many others. The actor got engaged on 14th January 2015 to Mira Rajput, whom he met at a get-together of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, a religious group. Mira Rajput, a third-year English (Honors) student from Delhi, is thirteen years younger to Shahid. The couple got married on 7th July 2015 in Delhi.
Acting Career
Shahid Kapoor showed a keen interest in dancing at a young age. After coming to Mumbai, he joined Shiamak Davar`s dancing institute. Shahid first worked as a background dancer in films Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Taal (1999). Soon, he started performing for multiple shows with Shiamak`s dance crew. During the end-of-the-year performance at Shiamak`s institute, Shahid was felicitated with a special award when he danced on Madonna`s `Vogue` and `Golden Eye`, a song from a James Bond film. This encouraged him to take up dancing more seriously and became an instructor at the institute. Once Shahid accompanied his friend to an audition for a Pepsi advertisement. Instead, Shahid bagged the role and appeared in his first commercial along with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji. Thereafter, he appeared in many commercials and music videos. He appeared in Aryans` music video of popular song `Ankhon Main` along with Hrishitaa Bhatt. The producer of this video, Ramesh Taurani, noticed Shahid and asked him to work on himself for two years. Shahid, 20 years old at that time, started attending acting workshops of Naseeruddin Shah and Satyadev Dubey. Ken Ghosh had a script of a romantic film and was looking for a fresh face when Ramesh Taurani recommended him Shahid`s name. Ken signed Shahid for Ishq Vishk starring Amrita Rao, which released in 2004. The film was a winner at the box office, making Shahid a star over-night. In the same year, he won the Filmfare Award for `Best Male Debut`. After his first film, the actor appeared in series of films like Fida, Dil Mange More, Deewane Huye Paagal, and Shikhar, which did not do well at the box office.

In 2007, Shahid Kapoor gave one of his career best film with his co-star Kareena Kapoor- Jab We Met directed by Imtiaz Ali. His portrayal of a mature and quiet Aditya Kashyap was loved by the critics as well as the audience. Shahid appeared in a double role, essaying the characters of Charlie and Guddu, in the film Kaminey, which was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. A box office hit and a critically acclaimed film, the critics lauded the rugged look of Shahid along with his chemistry with on-screen ladylove Priyanka Chopra. The actor played a role of a Squadron Leader in the film Mausam, which was directed by his father Pankaj Kapur. This is the first time where the father-son worked together for a film. Films like Teri Meri Kahaani and Phata Poster Nikhla Hero bombed at the box office. Released in 2014, Haider, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, feautures Shahid essaying the role of Haider Meer that won him the Filmfare Award for `Best Actor`.

The actor was next seen in Shaandaar, that released in 2015, opposite Alia Bhatt, but it was unsuccessful at the box office. In 2016, he featured in Abhishek Chaubey`s Udta Punjab as a drug addicted rockstar Tommy Singh and received high acclaim from critics and audiences for his performance in the movie. In 2017, the actor was seen in Vishal Bhardwaj`s Rangoon alongside Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s Padmavati co-starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Shahid Kapoor`s 2018 project includes Batti Gul Meter Chalu alongside Shraddha Kapoor. His 2019 release includes Kabir Singh.
Peers & More
Hrithik Roshan
Abhishek Bachchan
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Mira Rajput
Zain Kapoor
Misha Kapoor
Neelima Azeem
Pankaj Kapur
Sanah Kapoor
Ishaan Khatter
Ruhaan Kapoor
Popular Movies
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All time Favourite Entertainers
Family Favourites
Jyaare Ame Maliya
Kabir Singh
Batti Gul Meter Chalu
Padmaavat (3D)
Udta Punjab

Did You Know? (10)

  • Shahid Kapoor started his career as a background dancer and is seen dancing in the song Kahin Aag Lage in the film Taal. He is also seen in the song 'Le Gayi' from the film Dil Toh Pagal Hai.
  • Shahid Kapoor read the book 'Life is Fair' by Brian Hines, which inspired him to turn vegetarian. He never touched non-vegetarian food again and wanted his partner to follow the same.
  • Shahid Kapoor's nickname is Sasha.
  • When Shahid Kapoor got his first car, he wanted to buy a Pioneer music system but could not afford it. Today, the actor endorses the company's product.
  • Shahid Kapoor is the great great grandson of K. A. Abbas, a popular Urdu journalist, writer and director.
  • Shahid Kapoor uses the surname Khattar and not Kapoor on his passport.
  • Shahid faced the camera for the first time as a child artist when he appeared in a Complan advertisement along with Ayesha Takia.
  • In preparation for his role in Padmaavat, Shahid Kapoor learned sword fighting and martial arts.
  • Shahid's grandparents were both journalists. They worked for the Russian (then USSR) magazine 'Sputnik', translating Urdu to Russian.
  • Shahid was named the Sexiest Vegan (India and Asia-Pacific) by PETA in 2009 and 2011.
  • Personal Quotes (10)

  • "Cinema is not only about entertainment, also about sharing human stories."
  • "I need to do different things and succeed sometimes, fail sometimes."
  • "Indian cinema gives you everything that western cinema doesn`t. It`s maseladar and spicy. If you like Indian food, I think you`ll love Indian movies."
  • "While I believe in marriage as an institution, I am also petrified of it."
  • "What defines you as a person is not the life you were born into, but what you made of it."
  • "I don`t think there`s anybody in this world who should be required to make you feel good about yourself, be happy on your own."
  • "I cannot do a film I don`t believe in, however safe it might be."
  • "I am in a very happy space. It’s a new beginning. Everything changes after marriage. You become a man. You feel responsible"
  • "You tend to understand yourself a little better after each role you play. There’s somewhat of a self-discovery."
  • "I am a Piscean, and they have a lovingly detached attitude towards life."
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