Sanjay Kapoor is an Indian actor and producer who has been a part of the Hindi film industry since 1992. He has made several films, TV shows, and other entertainment projects during his career. From early successes to challenges and controversies, this article offers an insight into the life and work of Sanjay Kapoor.
Introduction to Sanjay Kapoor
Born on 17 October 1965 in Bombay, India, Sanjay Kapoor started his acting career with the 1992 hit movie ‘Raja’ opposite Madhuri Dixit. Since then, he has acted in more than 25 movies and numerous television shows throughout his long career. As an actor, director, and producer, Kapoor has achieved many successes in all three aspects of filmmaking.
Early Years and Struggle as an Actor
Kapoor’s journey as an actor began with ‘Raja’, which was one of the most successful films of its time. It was also the first of many awards that Kapoor would receive over the course of his career. After this initial success, however, Kapoor faced some tough times due to lack of good scripts. Despite having limited roles at that time, Kapoor continued to take up challenging parts in smaller budget films such as Aashiq Awara (1993) and Prem Granth (1996).
Breakthrough Role and Subsequent Success
It wasn’t until 1998 when Kapoor got another big break with the lead role in Zubeidaa alongside Karisma Kapoor. The movie was well-received by critics and audiences alike, making it one of the biggest hits of the year. This marked a turning point in his career, after which he went on to make many more critically acclaimed movies including Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Vivah (2006), U Me Aur Hum (2008) among others.
Recognition and Awards Received by Sanjay Kapoor
Throughout his illustrious career, Sanjay Kapoor has received several awards for his performances in both films and television shows. In 2002, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Dil Chahta Hai, followed by two National Film Awards in 2003 for Vivah and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi respectively. Apart from these major accolades, he has also received several international awards for his work.
Apart from films, Sanjay Kapoor has also appeared in many popular television series such as Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (2003–05), Kaajal (2005–07), Adaalat (2011–12), Comedy Circus Mahasangam (2012) and CID (2013–14). His appearances have helped boost ratings and garner public appreciation.
In recent years, Sanjay Kapoor has taken on supporting roles in commercially successful Bollywood films such as Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and Welcome Back (2015). He was last seen in 2018’s Rajma Chawal which earned him critical acclaim and audience appreciation.
Controversies Surrounding Sanjay Kapoor
During his decades-long career, Sanjay Kapoor has been involved in various controversies, mostly related to rumours about his personal relationships with co-stars or directors. However, none of these claims were ever substantiated nor did they affect his popularity among fans.
Philanthropic Work Undertaken by Sanjay Kapoor
An avid philanthropist, Sanjay Kapoor frequently participates in charity events aimed at helping underprivileged people across India. He has lent his support to multiple social initiatives such as food distribution drives, animal welfare campaigns and health awareness programs.
Relationship with Wife Mana Shetty
After being married twice before, Sanjay Kapoor tied the knot with fashion designer Mana Shetty in 2003. The couple are now proud parents of son, Rohan Kapoor, and daughter Jhanvi Kapoor who recently made her debut in Student of the Year 2 (2019).
From struggling actor to award-winning filmmaker, Sanjay Kapoor has come a long way during his nearly 30-year career in show business. With several blockbuster films and successful television shows under his belt, Kapoor remains one of the most respected actors in the Hindi film industry.