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Shakti Kapoor
Also known as:Sunil Kapoor, Thakti Kapoor, Sunil Sikanderlal Kapoor
Born:September 3, 1958
Birthplace:Delhi, India
Spouse:Shivangi Kapoor
Sunil Sikanderlal Kapoor, better known as Shakti Kapoor, is an iconic actor who has etched his name in the history of Indian cinema largely for his antagonist and comic roles. He has featured in over 700 films throughout the span of his career. Between the 1980s and 1990s, Shakti teamed up with Kader Khan as the comical or evil duo in about 100 films.

Early Life
Shakti was born in Delhi, India in a Punjabi household on the 3rd of September, 1954. His father was a tailor and owned a corner shop in Connaught Place, New Delhi. Shakti always dreamt of being an actor and playing the villain. That`s when he felt that his name Sunil Kapoor was not powerful enough to portray a villain and changed his name to Shakti Kapoor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Kirori Mal College in Delhi. He also graduated from Film and Television Institute of India.

Personal Life
Shakti Kapoor is married to Shivangi Kolhapure. The couple have two children, Siddhanth Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. Both Siddhanth and Shraddha followed their father`s footsteps and are a part of Bollywood, the Hindi film industry.

Acting Career
Shakti Kapoor struggled to make an impact as an actor early in his career. His first ever act was the role of G.L. Sippy in the movie Do Jasoos (1975). He did numerous inconsequential roles while looking for lead roles in movies. However, his fortunes turned around as he established himself in the years 1980-81 with outstanding performances in the movies Qurbani and Rocky. In 1983, he played the villain in action thriller Himmatwala, and the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Hero. During this, Shakti began to slowly establish himself as a mainstay villain in Indian cinema.

In the 90s, Shakti began starring in comic roles, playing them with equal finesse. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award in the Best Comedian Category for his role in Raja Babu (1994). His stellar portrayal of the character of Nandu, Govinda`s sidekick, prompted Bollywood to embrace his roles as a comedian and he featured in many more movies like Laadla (1994) and Khuddar (1994). Arguably his most iconic role was his portrayal of the role Crime Master Gogo in Andaz Apna Apna (1994). In spite of the movie casting big names like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon and Karisma Kapoor, Shakti`s performance stood out. His Zorro-esque look coupled with his on screen exuberance was the reason he even outshone the legendary Paresh Rawal in this movie. Over the next few years, he featured in numerous prominent Bollywood films like the action films Jaan (1996), Bhai (1997), and the Kanti Shah-directed action-comedy Gunda (1998).

Shakti Kapoor has been a reference for mimicry artistes who emulate his style and dialogues such as "Aaaooo Lolita" from the movie Tohfa (1984) and "Main Nanha sa Chotta sa Bachcha Hoon" from the movie Chaalbaaz (1989). Since the 2000s, he has featured in multiple Priyadarshan films, with roles in Hungama (2003), Chup Chup Ke (2006), and Malamaal Weekly (2006) being the most notable.

He has also acted in a few Bengali films like Jeevan Yudh (1997) and the political drama Atripta Chhaya (2000). His 2020 releases include Rangeela Raja, Life Mein Time Nahi Hai Kisi Ko and Dosti Zindabad and Shimla Mirchi.
Peers & More
Gulshan Grover
Paresh Rawal
Kader Khan
Anupam Kher
Shivangi Kapoor
Siddhant Kapoor
Shraddha Kapoor
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Did You Know? (4)

  • Tinu Anand was initially offered the role of Crime Master Gogo, which was then essayed by Shakti Kapoor.
  • In the credits of Andaz Apna Apna movie, Shakti Kapoor`s name is spelled `Thakti Kapoor` since his character in the movie, Crime Master Gogo, has a speech disability and pronounces the letter `S` as `T`.
  • Shakti Kapoor contested and worked in the 2004 Indian Parliament election from the Indian National Congress Party.
  • Shakti Kapoor acted in a major controversial scene in Mere Agosh Mein. He was seen having oral sex with a topless actress. The Indian censor board refused to pass the film for months.
  • Personal Quotes (5)

  • "My stay in Mumbai was taken care of by Vinod Khanna, food by Daisy Irani, work was provided by Feroz Khan and Sunil Dutt paid me without me doing any work."
  • "“Girls called me the sexiest villain”"
  • "“I don’t believe in the casting couch at all”"
  • "“I tell my children not to kill themselves and their talent by over working”"
  • "Shraddha is an amazing kid and has the world at her feet. She has been handling her movies for a while now on her own, along with help from Shivangi and the mother-daughter team is very good."
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