Aditya Roy Kapur
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Aditya Roy Kapur (born 16 November 1985) is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi films where he is well known for his performances in the 2013 films Aashiqui 2 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, both of which rank among the highest-grossing Bollywood films

Early life and background

Kapur was born in Bombay on 16 November 1985 to a Punjabi Hindu father, Kumud Roy Kapur, and Salome Aaron, an Indian Jew. His grandfather, Raghupat Roy Kapur, was a film producer. 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. 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.

Debut, initial struggles, and hiatus (2009–2010)

Kapur started his career as a VJ on music channel Channel V India, 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. In 2009, Kapur made his acting debut with the Vipul Shah-directed musical comedy London Dreams, in which he featured alongside Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, and Asin. Kapur played the supporting role of Wasim Khan, a Muslim hailing from Pakistan. Upon release, the film received positive reviews from critics, who particularly praised the film's soundtrack, and his performance met with negative reviews. Despite of these reactions, London Dream failed to earn profits at both domestic and overseas box office with grossings of ₹410 million (US$5.9 million) against its production budget of ₹500 million (US$7.2 million). In 2010, Kapur reteamed with Shah for the science fiction romantic comedy Action Replayy, in which he played the son of a couple who has hatred towards each other (played by Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai). The film was not a box office success because of a mixed critical reception. In the same year, Kapur played Omar Siddiqui, an aspiring magician who wants training of the job from a former magician (now a quadriplegic), in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ensemble romantic saga Guzaarish, co-starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. Though Guzaarish performed poorly at the box office, Kapur's performance as well the film garnered positive reviews from critics.

Breakthrough (2012—2013)

In 2012, Kapur announced that he will be returning to Hindi cinema by playing the leading role of a singer in Mohit Suri's musical romance Aashiqui 2, a spiritual successor to Aashiqui (1990). Released in 2013, Aashiqui 2 saw Kapur star opposite Shraddha Kapoor, and marked the first of his several collaborations with her and Suri. The film has been described as a "turning point in his career". The film received favourable response from critics upon release, with praise directed to Kapur's performance. Aashiqui 2 earned over ₹1.7 billion (US$25 million) worldwide, becoming one of the top-earning Bollywood films of that year and Kapur's first commercial success. For his performance, he received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and won the Screen Award for Jodi No. 1 (shared with Shraddha Kapoor). That same year, Kapur achieved further success when he starred in Ayan Mukerji's romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Kalki Koechlin. The film was one of the most highly anticipated films of that year, and featured Kapur in the supporting role of Avinash Arora, a flirtatious boy. Made on a budget of ₹350 million (US$5.1 million), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani earned over ₹3 billion (US$43 million) in global markets to emerge as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time alongside Aashiqui 2. The film also garnered Kapur his second nomination of the year at Filmfare—this time for Best Supporting Actor—and won him the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor. Thus, 2013 was the most successful year of Kapur's film career.

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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