Rajat Kapoor

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Rajat Kapoor
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Kapoor at an event in 2011
Born (1961-02-11) February 11, 1961 (age 60)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter, writer
Known for Kapoor & Sons (2016 film), Drishyam (2015 film)
Meenal Agrawal
(m. 1996)

Rajat Kapoor (Hindi : रजत कपूर) (born February 11, 1961) is an Indian actor, writer, screenwriter and film director. Kapoor was born in Delhi, India. As a child, he would watch films with his family and decided to become a filmmaker at the age of 14. He mainly focused on acting at first. In 2013 he joined the theatre group Chingari in Delhi, later moving to Pune to attend the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). [2]



Kapoor started out in Parallel Cinema making his debut in the 1989 Kumar Shahani film Khayal Gatha . When he had trouble finding acting jobs in the 1990s, Kapoor began writing and directing shorts. He made his full-length directorial debut with Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One (1997), which had Irrfan Khan and Naseeruddin Shah in minor roles. In 2001, Kapoor got his big mainstream break-in Dil Chahta Hai , which starred Aamir Khan, as uncle of Preity Zinta's character. He received international attention in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding in which he played an abusive uncle. Since then, he has written, directed, and appeared in many critically acclaimed films including Corporate , Bheja Fry , and also as Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a UK television film The Last Days of the Raj in 2007. In 2003, he wrote and directed the independent film Raghu Romeo which he financed by sending e-mail requests for money to his friends. Although it was not a box office success, the film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Kapoor then directed and starred in Mixed Doubles , a film that deals with Swinging in contemporary Mumbai. [2] In 2008 he directed a Sleeper hit called Mithya. Many international critics call it one of the greatest Black Comedy of all times, a rarely explored genre. He was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor for Siddharth: The Prisoner at the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In the year 2010, he has also starred in a Bengali movie Iti Mrinalini opposite Konkona Sen directed by acclaimed Bengali film writer Aparna Sen. Kapoor frequently collaborates with actors Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey.

Apart from films, Kapoor hosts the tri-weekly chat show Lounge telecasted by NDTV Good Times. [3] He also worked in television shows, including Rishtey which was aired on Zee TV in the episode 'Milan'. [4] Tired of pitching his stories to investors, Kapoor reached out to his friend Chet Jainn, founder of the crowdfunding platform goCrowdera.com to raise initial seed fund for his next film called "RkRkay". [5] [6] [7] [8] The "RkRkay" crowdfunding campaign went on to successfully raise over ₹35,00,000. [9]

'Kadakh' which is directed by Rajat Kapoor is a brilliant dark comedy which leaves the audiences glued to the screens. [10] Rajat Kapoor also shines as a director.

He has worked in Scam 1992 as an investigating officer.

Personal life

Kapoor married Meenal Agarwal, a photographer-production designer in 1996 [11] and has two children, a daughter Rabia and a son Vivan. [2] He did his schooling in Happy school Daryaganj Padam Chand Marg.[ citation needed ]

Awards & Recognition

Kapoor is a three time National Award winner, first for his 26-minute non-feature documentary, Tarana, then for his short, Hypnothesis, and after that for Raghu Romeo in Best Feature Film in Hindi section. [12]


YearFilmFunctioned AsNotes
1989 Khayal Gatha YesSeveral characters Filmfare Award Best Film (Critics)
Premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival
1994TaranaYesShort National award- swarna kaamal, for the best short film-

also won the national award for the best cinematography

1996HypnothesisYesNational award for the best short fiction film
1997Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus OneYesYes
2001 Dil Chahta Hai YesMahesh
2001 Monsoon Wedding YesTej Puri
2003 Raghu Romeo YesYes National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
Mudda: The IssueYesHarphool Singh
2004 Tum YesVinod Gupta
Kisna: The Warrior Poet YesPrince Raghuraj
Chehraa Yes
2006 Mixed Doubles YesYesYesVinod
Corporate YesVinay Sehgal
Yun Hota To Kya Hota YesUS Consulate Officer
Bombay SkiesYesAnandShort
Anuranan YesAmit BannerjeeMade In Bengali & Hindi Language
2007The Last Days of the RajYesMuhammad Ali JinnahTV Movie
Bheja Fry YesRanjeet Thadani
Apna AsmaanYesDr. Sen
Hamlet: The Clown PrinceYesPlay
Khoya Khoya Chand YesPrem Kumar
2008 Mithya YesYes
Gateway To Hollywood [13] JudgeReality Show
Krazzy 4 YesRavi K. Sanyal
Via Darjeeling YesRonodeep 'Rono' Sen
Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na YesMahesh Pariyar (Meghna’s Father)
Hulla YesJanardhan
Dasvidaniya YesRajiv Jhulka
2009 I M 24 YesShubendu Roy
Ek Tho Chance Yes
Siddharth: The Prisoner YesSiddharth Roy
Teree Sang YesMaahi's Father
Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi? YesYesYesRahul Kapoor
2010 Rann YesNaveen Shankalya
That Girl in Yellow Boots YesMan Who Steps Out of ElevatorPremiered in South Asian International Film Festival 2010
Pappu Can't Dance Saala YesPalashPremiered in South Asian International Film Festival 2010
...And Once Again YesRishi
Iti Mrinalini YesSiddhartha SarkarMade In Bengali Language
Phas Gaye Re Obama YesOm Shastri
2011Jo Dooba So Paar: It's Love In Bihar!YesSuperintendent of Police
Nothing Like LearYesPlay
2012 Agent Vinod Yes ISI chief Lt-Gen Iftekhar Ahmed
Fatso! YesYes
The Owner Yes
10ml LOVE YesGhalib
Midnight's Children YesAadam Aziz
2013Carpet BoyYesEhsaan Khan
2014 Ankhon Dekhi YesYesYesRishiWon – Star Screen Award for Best Story
Won - Filmfare award for Best Story
Won - Filmare Critics award for Best Film
2015 Drishyam YesMahesh Deshmukh, IGP Meera's Husband
X: Past Is Present YesK
2016 Kapoor & Sons YesHarsh KapoorNominated - Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor
Mantra YesKapil Kapoor
2017 Rat Race - Ek Andhi Daud YesAkhilShort
2018 Pari YesProfessor Quasim Aali [14]
2018 Mulk YesDanish Javed [15]
2019 Code M YesCol Suryaveer Chauhan ALT Balaji web series
2020 Kadakh YesYesYesAuthor Rahul
2021 RK/RKay YesYesYesRK and Mahboob

Television and Web (OTT) appearances

1994-1998JunoonPappuHindi Doordarshan
1999-2000GubbareSharadHIndi Zee TV
2000-2003 Gharwali Uparwali (one episode only)Advertising Agency BossHindi Star Plus
2005C.I.D (two episodes only)TanujHindi Sony TV
2014-2015EverestRamesh RungtaHindiStar Plus
2017-2019 The Good Karma Hospital Amit NambeesanEnglish ITV
2020 Code M Col. Suryaveer ChauhanHindi ALTBalaji/Zee5
2020 Shobdo Jobdo SougataBengali Hoichoi
2020 Scam 1992 K MadhavanHindi SonyLIV

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