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Rajat Kapoor Biography

A leading Indian thespian, editor and director celebrated his 59th birthday this year and will soon become a senior citizen. He has spent the crucial years of his life in the Indian film, television and theatre industry. He is the outstanding face of the fascinating Bollywood film industry.

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Rajat Kapoor’s natal day is February 11, 1961, and he was born in New Delhi. He went to Happy School, Daryaganj, Padam Chand Marg for his studies. He used to watch movies with his family during his teenage and soon decided to be a film producer at the age of 14. Initially, he concentrated on acting and enrolled himself in a theatre group Chingari in Delhi in 1983. Later, he did a course from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in 1985.

Rajat belongs to Atheism religion and his zodiac sign is Aquarius. 

Rajat Kapoor Filmi Career

Rajat instigated his film acting career in 1989 and made his screen debut in Kumar Shahani movie Khayal Gatha which made a passage to his identification as a skilled actor. Before his complete onscreen appearance, he also appeared as a politician’s son in the film ‘Mandi’ in 1983. He put his efforts in acting for several years and simultaneously focussed on theatre, writing and directing short plays or movies. He released his full-fledged directorial debut with Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One in 1997 starring Irrfan Khan and Naseeruddin Shah in minor roles. 

The three-time National Award winner, Rajat Kapoor got his major break in the Hindi film industry when he worked with Aamir Khan, Akshay Khanna and Saif Ali Khan starrer ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ in 2001. He was internationally acclaimed for his offensive uncle’s role in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding. Since then, he has gained attention by writing, directing and appearing in various critically renowned movies like Bheja Fry and Corporate. He acted as Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a UK television film, ‘The Last Days of the Raj’ in 2007.

Rajat had to elevate the funds for his first independent directorial film ‘Raghu Romeo’ by sending email requests to his close friends. It took him nearly three years to clear the debt to his friends as the movie did not meet the expectations at the box office and was almost dead. But then also, this movie garnered him a National Filmfare Award for the ‘Best Feature Film in the Hindi Language’ and also a screening at the Piazza Grande section.

In 2005, Rajat directed and acted in the movie ‘Mixed Doubles’ which was about a deuce who deals with swinging or wife swapping. This movie also witnessed a big flop at the box-office but was a less cause of worry for Rajat as he had a financier behind him this time.

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Rajat gave his another directorial Sleeper Hit called Mithya in 2008 which was one of the biggest Black Comedies of all times as per international critics. He received a nomination for the Best Performance as an actor in the thriller film Siddharth: The Prisoner at the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Rajat Kapoor is very scintillating and most popular thespian known for his astonishing drama. He is a noticeable name in the field of acting and theatre who has acted in various successful films like Monsoon Wedding, Waiting, Kapoor & Sons, Pari, Ankhon Dekhi, Mulk, Khaffa and so on. 

Apart from Raghu Romeo, Kapoor has bagged two more National Awards, one for his twenty-six-minute non-feature documentary ‘Tarana’ and another for his short movie ‘Hypnothesis’. 

As he always aspired to be a filmmaker since his teenage years, he made his production debut with ‘Raat Gayi Baat Gayi’ in 2009 in which he acted with Neha Dhupia and Vinay Pathak. His production venture comprises multi-director international movie ‘Fatso!’ in 2012 and ‘The Owner’ in 2012.

Apart from movies, he has also been an anchor in the tri-weekly chat show Lounge broadcasted by NDTV Good Times. Kapoor was featured in various television shows like ‘Rishtey’ aired on Zee TV in the episode ‘Milan’. 

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Rajat Kapoor Personal Life

Rajat Kapoor has one brother named Rajneesh Kapoor who stood up as a comedian.

Besides, Rajat exchanged nuptial vows with Meenal Aggarwal in 1996 who is working as a photographer-production designer till date. The duo exchanged their first sights at a promotional event of an elite brand and fell in love with each other. The couple is blessed with two beautiful children – one son named Vivan and one daughter named Rabia.     

In 2018, he landed into a controversy when three women accused him of misconduct and two of them even put an allegation of sexual assault on him. 

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