Shahid Kapoor is an Indian film actor. He started his career by working in music videos and advertisements, and made his Bollywood debut with Ishq Vishk (2003) and won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance. He followed it with films like Fida (2004) and Shikhar 2005), and had his first major commercial success with Sooraj R Barjatya's Vivah (2006, his biggest economic success to date). His performances in Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009) earned him nominations for the Filmfare Best Actor Award.
Kapoor was born to actor Pankaj Kapur and actor/classical dancer Neelima Azim on 25th February 1981. Kapoor's parents divorced when he was 3. He continued living with his mother and maternal grandparents in Press Enclave, Saket in Delhi. He shares a cordial relationship with his father and stepmother Supriya Pathak. As a child, he studied at Gyan Bharati School in Delhi until the fourth grade, where he shifted to Rajhans Vidyalaya Mumbai. Kapoor has three half siblings: a sister named Sanah Kapur and brothers named Ishaan Khattar and Ruhaan Kapur; Ishaan acted with him in the movie Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005). His maternal grandfather was Anwar Azeem, a noted Marxist journalist and author from Bihar. His great great grandfather was the film director, screenwriter, Urdu novelist and journalist Khwaja Ahmad Abbas more popularly known as K. A. Abbas.
Before starting his career as an actor, Kapoor worked in several music videos and ads, including the Pepsi commercial with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji post Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and the music video Aankhon Me Tera Hi Chehra by the Aryans along with Hrishitaa Bhatt. He had already joined Shiamak Davar Institute for Performing Arts (SDIPA) in 1995, where he was later seen in Subhash Ghai's film Taal (1999) as a background dancer in the song "Kahin Aag Lage Lag Jawe" along with actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and opted out of the academy in 2001 or 2002, and also stopped appearing in advertisements and music videos at this time, so he could concentrate on making his Bollywood debut.
In 2003, Kapoor played his first leading role as Rajiv Mathur, a carefree young man in Ken Ghosh's moderately successful love story Ishq Vishk. Appearing opposite Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasurywala, the film was well received by audiences and Kapoor's performance earned him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. The following year, Kapoor joined director Ken Ghosh once again in the thriller Fida, where he co-starred alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan and Fardeen Khan. The film failed to do well at the box office, yet Kapoor's performance was praised. He then appeared in the romantic comedy Dil Maange More opposite Soha Ali Khan, Tulip Joshi and Ayesha Takia. His performance opened to mixed reviews. Featuring in three more films in 2005, success continued to elude Kapoor. However, his performance as Jaidev Vardhan, a man who is sucked into the world of money and greed in John M. Matthan's drama Shikhar was critically acclaimed, earning Kapoor his first Star Screen Award For Best Actor nomination. According to India FM, "Shahid Kapoor is only improving with every film. He matches up to Ajay in almost all sequences".
In 2006, Kapoor starred in 36 China Town. Revolving around the story of seven individuals and a murder, the film became a moderate success despite receiving mixed reviews from critics. Shortly after the release of the film, Kapoor's second release of the year, Priyadarshan's comedy Chup Chup Ke followed. The film became a moderate success at the box office. Kapoor's last release of 2006 was Sooraj R Barjatya's romantic drama Vivah, a film depicting the journey of two individuals from engagement to marriage. Co-starring alongside Amrita Rao, the film was received favourably by most critics and became one of the highest grossing films of the year, as well as Kapoor's biggest commercial success to date. Kapoor's performance earned his second consecutive nomination for Best Actor at the Star Screen Awards. Taran Adarsh wrote, "Shahid Kapoor performs like never before. If he was super-cool in Ishq Vishk and showed flashes of brilliance in Fida, you've to watch him in Vivah to see his growth as a tremendous actor. He is exceptional in emotional sequences". During the summer of 2006, Kapoor embarked on his first world tour, the Rockstars Concert, along with Bollywood stars, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, John Abraham, Esha Deol, Mallika Sherawat and Zayed Khan.
In 2007, Kapoor appeared in two movies. His first release was Ahmed Khan's Fool & Final. The film received negative reviews and failed to do well at the box office; Kapoor's performance in the film did not receive positive reviews. His next release in 2007, Imtiaz Ali's romantic comedy Jab We Met opposite Kareena Kapoor, became one of the biggest hits of the year. The film tells the story of two people with two very different personalities meeting each other on a train and how they fall in love eventually. Kapoor portrayed the character of Aditya Kashyap, a dejected young industrialist full of angst and despair. The film was well received by critics and Kapoor's performance earned him several nominations for Best Actor at a number of award ceremonies, including Filmfare. Kapoor then appeared in the Aziz-Mirza directed film, Kismat Konnection (2008), opposite Vidya Balan. Upon release, the film under-performed at the box office.
In 2009, Kapoor first appeared in Vishal Bhardwaj's caper thriller Kaminey opposite Priyanka Chopra. The film was a major critical success, and also performed well at the box office. Kapoor's portrayal of twins Charlie and Guddu earned him rave reviews. The film is credited with turning Kapoor into a star and showcased his ability to take on challenging roles. His second release of the year was Anurag Singh's romantic comedy Dil Bole Hadippa! which saw him star alongside Rani Mukerji. However, the film received a tepid response at the box office and with critics.
In 2010, Kapoor appeared in Ken Ghosh's film Chance Pe Dance opposite Genelia D'Souza in which he portrayed the role of a struggling Bollywood actor. Though the film received mixed reviews from critics and was commercially unsuccessful, Kapoor's performance was well received. He then starred in Ahmed Khan's Paathshaala in an extended cameo alongside Ayesha Takia and Nana Patekar. This was then followed by Badmaash Company which received positive to mixed critical reception and was a moderate success at the box office. Furthermore, his performance as a conman in the film was well received. Kapoor's last release of the year was Satish Kaushik's romantic comedy Milenge Milenge opposite Kareena Kapoor. A production delayed since 2005, it went largely unnoticed at the box office, and received negative reviews from critics.
In 2011, Kapoor appeared opposite Sonam Kapoor in Mausam, a movie directed and written by his father Pankaj Kapur. The film received mixed response from critics, however his performance was generally well received. In June 2012, Kapoor appeared in Kunal Kohli's Teri Meri Kahaani opposite Priyanka Chopra. Despite the film receiving mixed reviews and a lukewarm response at the box office, Kapoor's performance was generally well received. In 2013, Kapoor is shooting for two films; the first being Rajkumar Santoshi's masala entertainer Phata Poster Nikhla Hero opposite Ileana D'Cruz and the other being Prabhu Deva's action film Rambo Rajkumar oppostie Sonakshi Sinha. Both films are expected to release by the end of 2013. During the filming of Rambo Rajkumar, Kapoor narrowly avoided serious burns during a stunt.
In July 2013, Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan co-hosted the 14th IIFA Awards in Macau. Kapoor's next ventures reportedly includes Milan Talkies which is directed by Ekta Kapoor. He replaces Imran Khan and will act again for the third time in his career opposite Priyanka Chopra. Kapoor will also reportedly work with Vishal Bhardwaj again in an adaption of William Shakespeare's popular tragedy Hamlet and will possibly go bald for the role. Kapoor's former co-star in Badmaash Company, Anushka Sharma, is reportedly being roped in to play the role of Ophelia.