Full Biography of Actor Shekhar Kapur
Shekhar Kapur is a critically acclaimed Indian film director, producer and actor. He rose to popularity with the Hindi language movie Bandit Queen based upon the life of Phoolan Devi, an infamous Indian outlaw. His historical biopics of Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth and its sequel The Golden Age) garnered 7 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Cate Blanchett.
Kapur was born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (now in Pakistan) to Kulbhushan Kapur, a doctor who had a flourishing practice, and Sheel Kanta, a journalist and stage actress. The nephew of actors Vijay Anand and Dev Anand, he was discouraged to get into show business by his father. His schooling was at Modern School, New Delhi. He studied economics at St. Stephen\'s College. At 22, Kapur became a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW in England, having studied accountancy at the behest of his parents.
Shekhar Kapur started his career working with a multinational oil company. He moved to Great Britain in 1970, and spent several years working as an accountant and management consultant.
He started his career as an actor in the movie Jaan Hazir Hai (1975) and later in Toote Khilone, in Bollywood. He also appeared in several Hindi television dramas, like Udaan opposite Kavita Chaudhary, and films, but failed to flourish as an actor.
He turned director with the family drama Masoom (1983) starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and a young Jugal Hansraj. The film followed the story of a young illegitimate boy who struggles to find acceptance from his stepmother. He then directed the 1987 science-fiction film Mr. India starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri in his most famous role as the villain Mogambo. Puri\'s most famous dialogue in this film \"Mogambo Khush Hua\" is still remembered. In 1994 he directed the critically acclaimed Bandit Queen and also played a cameo in the film as a truck driver.
Kapur was also partly involved in the production of several Bollywood films before he abandoned them. He co-directed the 1989 film Joshilaay, which starred Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Meenakshi Sheshadri. In 1992 he was set to direct another science-fiction film titled Time Machine, which was to star Aamir Khan, Raveena Tandon, Naseeruddin Shah and Rekha, but halfway through production he was forced by financial problems to abandon the film project. He co-directed Dushmani, starring Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff and Manisha Koirala.
In 1998, he received international recognition for directing the Academy Award-winning period film Elizabeth, a fictional account of the reign of British Queen Elizabeth I nominated for 7 Oscars. The 2007 sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, was nominated for 2 Oscars. He was accused of being anti-British by British tabloids for his portrayal of the British Army and the Empire in the 2002 movie The Four Feathers. However, he denied being anti-British, and stated that he was merely \"anti-colonisation\".
Kapur was the executive producer of the film The Guru. He also established an Indian film company with Ram Gopal Verma and Mani Ratnam, though the group has thus far produced only one film, Dil Se.. (1998), starring Shahrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala. Kapur executive-produced the Bollywood-themed musical Bombay Dreams by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which has been running in London\'s the West End since 2002, and on Broadway in New York City since 2004.
In 2005, Kapur worked with Okan Quail on Hunji!, a story of a young Indian maid who idolised Sachin Tendulkar. Although it gained some acclaim as one of his finest films, critics across the UK and India called it a flop.
Original film poster of Elizabeth. The film brought actress Cate Blanchett to international attention. She won several awards for her portrayal of Elizabeth, notably a BAFTA and a Golden Globe in 1998
In 2006, Kapur formed Liquid Comics and Virgin Animation, an entertainment company focused on creating new stories and characters for a global audience. The Shakti titles of Kapur and Deepak Chopra\'s company debuted with Devi and The Sadhu. Devi is about \"a fierce feminine warrior, stronger than the Gods themselves . . . a champion of the heavens, and the protector of man\", while The Sadhu is about one man\'s choice between his spiritual oath and his human instinct,\"
In an unusual role for him, Kapur provided the voice of Mahatma Gandhi in the Charkha Audio books title of The Story of My Experiments with Truth, alongside Nandita Das as narrator.
He served as judge on a reality TV series, India\'s Got Talent, aired on Colors. He was a member of the jury at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in May 2010.
Shekhar Kapur is also hosting a show Pradhanmantri on ABP news. The show will be on airing on Saturday July 13 - 2013 at 10 PM on ABP news. In this Television series his role as the narrator of politics-based reality series PradhanMantri, which aims to bring to the audience the never seen before facets of Indian history.
His future projects include Long Walk to Freedom, Paani, The Last Full Measure. A third episode in the Queen Elizabeth series is planned. According to screenwriter John Rogers, the success of Elizabeth led to Kapur being tapped to work on an adaptation of Isaac Asimov\'s Foundation Trilogy, but the project was eventually shelved. Kapur also tentatively planned to helm a motion picture account of the life of the Buddha, entitled Buddha, but the plans were later dropped for unstated reasons. He also planned to adapt Larklight, a book by Philip Reeve. Kapur also traveled to Yerevan, Armenia to explore the possibility of making a film about the Armenian Genocide.
In an interview with Associated Content, Kapur announced he is no longer attached to Larklight.
He is set to direct Paani. The film reported to star Sushant Singh Rajput. The film will be produced by Aditya Chopra. Its music will be composed by A. R. Rahman. The announcement for the film was made at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010. He has also tied up with Keyur Patel, Chairman of Fuse Global for the co-funding of Paani, who is one of the major financiers in Hollywood when it comes to Mega-projects. is an American actor and a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
James just wrapped on The Last Knights (2013) shot in The Czech Republic and directed by Kaz Kiriya. the film stars Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman.Recent credits include \"Ghost Team One\", The Words (2012) directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, as well as Christopher Gladis\' film Dose of Reality (2012).
He also recently finished filming Vishwaroopam (2013), directed by the actor/director Kamal Haasan. Other notable roles include Rudolf Hess in the CBS miniseries, Hitler: The Rise of Evil opposite Robert Carlyle, Agent Moss in Hellboy, and had a featured role in Roman Polanski\'s Oliver Twist.
On stage, Babson most recently played Michael in the Václav Havel play, \"Unveiling\" at The Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, California.Babson acted in the 2013 Indian film, Vishwaroopam (Tamil) / Vishwaroop (Hindi) starring Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose, and Shekhar Kapur.
The movie met with high critical acclaim and grossed 1 billion ($20 million) in 10 days and is one of the biggest hits in Indian cinema. A sequel to the bilingual film is currently being shot called Vishwaroopam 2 (Tamil) / Vishwaroop 2 (Hindi). Due to scheduling conflicts, Mr Babson will not be invloved in this project.
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