Shekhar Kapur (born 6 December 1945) is an Indian film director, actor and producer known for his works in Hindi cinema. Kapur became known in Bollywood with his recurring role in the TV series Khandan in the mid-1980s and his directorial debut in the cult Bollywood film Masoom in 1983, which won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year.He gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen based on the life of infamous Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year.
The film was premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, and was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival.His historical biopics on Queen Elizabeth Elizabeth (1998) and The Golden Age (2007)) won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and two Academy Award nominations. He has been the recipient of the Indian National Film Award, the BAFTA Award, the National Board of Review Award, and four Filmfare Awards. In 2010, He served as one of the Jury Members (International Competition) at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
Interesting Facts facts about Shekhar Kapur
- His film Time Machine (1991) starring Naseeruddin Shah, Rekha, Aamir Khan, Raveena Tandon was shelved after shooting about 80%.
- First wife name was Medha. She remarried singer Anup Jalota and became popularly known as Medha Jalota.
- Brother-in-law of Parikshat Sahni. Cousin Aruna’s husband.
- Was suppose to launch Bobby Deol and Karisma Kapoor in a movie titled ” Badal”. He parted ways with Sunny Deol after shooting the movie for 20 days.
- Left the Bollywood movie Dushmani (1996) after shooting it 60%.
- Younger sister Sohaila Kapur is a actress, director, author.
- Directed Cate Blanchett in two Oscar nominated performances for the exact same role (Queen Elizabeth) but in different films: Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007).
- Former Brother in law of Bollywood legend Late Navin Nischol. Sister Neelu Kapoor is the former partner of Nischol.
- Nephew of Late Dev Anand.
- Had a seven year long relationship with Shabana Azmi