A spectacular dancer and popular Indian actor, Shahid Kapoor is the son of critically celebrated actor Pankaj Kapoor and actress Neelima Azim. Born on 25 February 1981 in Mumbai, Shahid is popularly known as Sasha among family and fans. Shahid enjoys huge fan following particularly for his chocolate boy looks and a stunning smile.
Shahid’s parents separated when he was just three and Pankaj Kapoor went on to marry renowned actress Supriya Pathak. Shahid Kapoor, a vegetarian, studied at the Rajhans Vidyalaya, Mumbai. One of the best dacers in Bollywood, Shahid learnt dancing at the Shiamak Davar Institute for Performing Arts. Shahid was first seen in TV commercial for Pepsi in 1998, when he was just 18. The Commercial featured superstars like Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerjee. Shahid also appeared in the BOurnvita TV commercial as a child artist along with actress Ayesha Takia.
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Shahid Kapoor also worked as a background dancer with actresses Aishwarya Rai and Karishma Kapoor in movies like Subhash Ghai’s ‘Taal’ and Yash Raj Films’ ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ respectively. Shahid Kapoor was later seen in a number of music videos and TV commercials.
Shahid Kapoor leading debut in Bollywood came in 2003 release ‘Ishq Vishk’ directed by Ken Ghosh. The college romance plot and Shahid’s originality as a performer was appreciated by the critics as well as audiences. The movie fared pretty well at the box office and Shahid became the new heartthrob of the nation.
Shahid Kapoor featured in Ken Ghosh’s next project ‘Fida’ alongside Kareena Kapoor and Fardeen Khan. The thriller movie could not do well at the box office, however Shahid’s performance won critical accolades. Shahid was criticized for his imitation of Shahrukh Khan in most of his scenes in romantic comedy ‘Dil Maange More’. Shahid’s next releases ‘Deewane Huye Pagal’, ‘Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!’ and ’36 China Town’ turned out as commercial and critical failures.
However his next release John M. Matthan's drama ‘Shikhar’ earned him positive reviews and he proved his worth as an actor. Shahid’s performance in ‘Shikhar’ garnered him his first Best Actor nomination at Star Screen Awards. His comic timing in ‘Chup Chup Ke’ and the phenomenal portrayal of an intense lover in ‘Vivaah’ consolidated his place in bollywood. Shahid Kapoor became a household name with Sooraj Barjatya’s ‘Vivaah’ based on the set up of an Indian arranged marriage. His tremendous growth as an actor came through in ‘Vivaah’ and he received his second nomination for the Best Actor at the Star Screen Awards.
Shahid Kapoor participated in his first ever world tour ‘The Rockstars Concert’ in 2006 with fellow actors like Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham, Zayed Khan, Es ha Deol and Mallika Sherawat. Shahid next featured in Ahmed Khan’s ‘Fool & FInal’ opposite Ayesha Takia, the movie was bombed at the box office by audiences as well as critics. Shahid’s biggest commercial success came in 2007 when he starred in Imtiaz Ali’s romantic comedy ‘Jab We Met’ opposite Kareena Kapoor. The film became the highest earner of the year and bagged several awards at different events including the Filmfare. Shahid left an ineffaceable impression with his exemplary performance in ‘Jab We Met’.
Shahid Kapoor’s stride of success continued with Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Kaminey’ released in 2009. Shahid’s unparalleled portrayal of two entirely distinct twins in Kaminey earned him immense popularity and critical applauds. After the commercial and critical success of ‘Kaminey’, Shahid appeared in the moderately successful romantic comedy ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ alongside Rani Mukherjee.
After the recent release of ’Chance Pe Dance’, Shahid is currently working on Ahmed Khan’s ‘Paathshala’ and YRF’s ‘Badmash Company’.
Shahid Kapoor was dating Kareena Kapoor for three years before they broke up during the filming of ‘Jab We Met. ’ Kareena is currently dating actor ‘Saif Ali Khan’ while Shahid has been in news for his romantic link ups with Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra and Amrita Rao.
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