Aditya Roy Kapur
Aditya Roy Kapur

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Aditya Roy Kapur (born 16 November 1985) is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi-language films. He made his Bollywood debut with 2009 film London Dreams but rose to fame with 2013 film Aashiqui 2. He is the youngest brother of Bollywood film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur and actor Kunaal Roy Kapur and is brother-in-law of actress Vidya Balan.

Early life and background

Kapur was born in Mumbai on 16 November 1985 to a Punjabi Hindu father, Kumud Roy Kapur, and a Jewish mother Salome Aaron. His grandfather, Raghupat Roy Kapur, was a film producer in the early 1940s. Kapur is the youngest of the three siblings- his eldest brother, Siddharth Roy Kapur, was the chief executive officer of UTV Motion Pictures and is married to the actress, Vidya Balan. His second elder brother, Kunaal Roy Kapur, is also an actor.His maternal grandparents, Sam and Ruby Aaron, were qualified dance teachers who introduced the Sama dance to India. He did his schooling from G. D. Somani Memorial School, in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, where all his siblings studied and his mother directed school plays. Kapoor enrolled in St. Xavier's in Class XI, but failed. He had to enroll in St. Andrew's College to avoid losing a year. Subsequently, he graduated from St. Xavier's College, affiliated to the University of Mumbai.Kapur is not a trained actor, though he has taken dance lessons and also diction classes to improve his Hindi accent. According to him he "had no burning ambition to become an actor," and was content being a VJ, until he was called to audition for London Dreams. During his school years, he wanted to be a cricketer but he quit cricket coaching classes after sixth standard.

VJ career

Kapur started his career as a VJ on music channel Channel V India at the age of 19, where his comic timing and "unique style of hosting" made him a hit. He did a show "Pakao" for Channel V, and also hosted the hugely popular, 'India's hottest' show with VJ, Bruna Abdullah. He exited the show in 2008.

Other work

In 2016, he did a music tour named "Dream Team Bollywood" and performed in Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, New York alongside Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Parineeti Chopra, Varun Dhawan & Badshah.

Personal life

Kapur has previously been linked with co-star Shraddha Kapoor during the shooting of their film Aashiqui 2 in 2013. They broke up in 2016.

Career challenges (2014—present)

Kapur next collaborated with Habib Faisal for the comedy-drama Daawat-e-Ishq (2014). Cast alongside Parineeti Chopra and Anupam Kher, he played Tariq Haider, a renowned restaurant manager who falls in love with Chopra's character. The film, which had a mixed critical reception, with critics criticizing the chemistry between him and Chopra, proved to be a major critical and box-office failure earning ₹200 million (US$2.9 million) domestically. After a year-long absence from full time acting, Kapur appeared in Abhishek Kapoor's romantic drama Fitoor (2016), an adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations, in which he played a role based on Philip Pirrip, named Noor Nizami, an aspiring gentleman, alongside Katrina Kaif and Tabu. The following year, Kapur co-starred with Shraddha Kapoor in Shaad Ali's romantic comedy Ok Jaanu. Both films were critical and commercial failures and met with mixed reviews from critics. After an another long year-absence from acting, Kapur featured in Abhishek Varman's 2019 period drama Kalank, in which he starred alongside an ensemble cast including Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt, playing the character of Dev Chaudhry, a man running a liberal newspaper whose wife dies due to a disease and is then married to her best friend. Set during the year 1945 prior to the Partition of India, Kalank was made on a production budget of ₹1.5 billion (US$22 million), which made it one of the most expensive Hindi films, and received negative attentions from critics, but had a good opening collecting ₹219 million (US$3.2 million) on the first day; however, after 9 consecutive days of good collecting, the film earned little at the box office, clashing with Avengers: Endgame, and thus failed to perform commercially. Kapur will next reunite with Suri for the romantic thriller Malang, which also features Disha Patani, Kunal Khemu and Anil Kapoor, and star in Anurag Basu's as-yet untitled action romance alongside Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, and Pankaj Tripathi. He is also filming Mahesh Bhatt's romantic thriller Sadak 2, a sequel to the 1991 thriller Sadak, co-starring Dutt, Alia Bhatt, and Pooja Bhatt.

Other work

In 2016, he did a music tour named "Dream Team Bollywood" and performed in Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, New York alongside Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, & Varun Dhawan.
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