Shahid Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor (pronounced born 25 February 1981), also known as Shahid Khattar, is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi films. The son of actors Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azeem, Kapoor lived with his mother in Delhi after his parents split when he was three. He moved to Mumbai at age 10, and five years later he joined Shiamak Davar's dance academy. He appeared as a background dancer in films in the late 1990s, and went on to feature in several music videos and television commercials. Kapoor made his film debut in 2003 with a leading role in the romantic comedy Ishq Vishk (2003), a sleeper hit for which he won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He followed it with roles in a series of commercial failures, including Fida (2004) and Shikhar (2005), before starring opposite Amrita Rao in Sooraj R. Barjatya's highly successful family drama Vivah (2006). He earned nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for portraying a troubled businessman in Imtiaz Ali's romantic comedy Jab We Met (2007) and twin brothers in Vishal Bhardwaj's caper thriller Kaminey (2009). Kapoor portrayed the Hamlet character in Bhardwaj's critically acclaimed drama Haider (2014), for which he won the Best Actor award at Filmfare. In addition to acting in films, Kapoor supports charities, hosts award ceremonies, and has featured as a talent judge on the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded. He regularly features in listings of the most attractive Indian celebrities.
 
 
 
 
 
Born 25 February 1981 (age 34)
Delhi, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Mira Rajput (m. 2015)
Parent Pankaj Kapur
Neelima Azeem
Shahid Kapoor was born on 25 February 1981 to actor Pankaj Kapur and actor-dancer Neelima Azeem. Kapoor's parents divorced when he was three years old; his father shifted to Bombay (and married the actress Supriya Pathak) and Kapoor lived in Delhi with his mother and maternal grandparents. His grandparents were journalists for a Russian magazine, and Kapoor was particularly fond of his grandfather: "He would walk me to school every single day. He would talk to me about dad, with whom he shared a great relationship, and read out his letters to me." His father, who was then a struggling actor in Mumbai, would visit Kapoor in Delhi once a year on his birthday. When Kapoor was 10, his mother, who was working as a dancer, moved to Mumbai to work as an actress. In Mumbai, Azeem went on to marry the actor Rajesh Khattar. Kapoor continued living with his mother and Khattar, until they separated in 2001. Kapoor continues to use the last name Khattar on his passport. He has a maternal half-brother from his mother's marriage to Khattar. From his father's marriage to Pathak, he has two paternal half-siblings. Kapoor was educated at the Gyan Bharati School in Delhi and Rajhans Vidyalaya in Mumbai. He later attended Mumbai's Mithibai College for three years. Kapoor was interested in dance from an early age, and at the age of 15, he joined Shiamak Davar's dance institute. As a student there, Kapoor appeared as a background dancer in the films Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Taal (1999), in which Davar served as choreographer. ".
During a stage show at the institute, Kapoor performed in the songs "Vogue" and "GoldenEye" to a rapturous response from the audience; Kapoor described that moment to be the first time he "felt like a star". He later became an instructor at the institute. During this time, Kapoor accompanied a friend to an audition for a Pepsi commercial featuring the stars Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji, but went on to get the part himself. He subsequently appeared in other television commercials, and also featured in music videos for several performers, including the band Aryans and the singer Kumar Sanu. Kapoor also worked as an assistant director in his father's television series Mohandas B.A.L.L.B (1998).
During the filming of Fida in 2004, he began dating Kareena Kapoor and they both publicly spoke of the relationship.The couple separated in 2007 during the filming of Jab We Met. Since their split, Kapoor decided to keep his personal life away from media attention.However, tabloids speculated on his relationship with several other actresses, including Vidya Balan and Priyanka Chopra. Though he denied to speak of the rumours, Kapoor confirmed his relationship with Chopra much after they had separated. In March 2015, Kapoor spoke of his impending marriage to Mira Rajput, a student from New Delhi, who is 13 years his junior. The Times of India reported that Kapoor met Rajput through the religious group Radha Soami Satsang Beas. The couple married at a private ceremony in Gurgaon followed by lunch and reception on 7 July 2015. In addition to acting in films, Kapoor supports charities, performs on stage and hosts award ceremonies. In 2006, he participated in a world tour, entitled RockStars, in which he performed alongside Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham, Salman Khan and three other celebrities. In 2010, he took part in a charity event named Superstars Ka Jalwa, which helped generate money for the employees of the Cine and Television Artists Association (CINTAA). Also that year, he lent his support to the NGO Swayamsiddh, which helps children with special needs. The following year, he adopted three villages in support of NDTV's Greenathon, an initiative to support environmental consciousness and improve electricity supplies to rural areas. In 2012, Kapoor helped revive the Victory Arts Foundation NGO, founded by Shiamak Davar, which helps underprivileged children through dance therapy programs. From 2010–12, he co-hosted three Screen Awards ceremonies with Shah Rukh Khan, and from 2012–14 he co-hosted three International Indian Film Academy Awards with Farhan Akhtar. Kapoor practices vegetarianism, and credits the author Brian Hines' book Life is Fair for influencing this lifestyle choice. He supports the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organisation through advertisement campaigns.

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