Shekhar Kapur Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Delhi
Marital Status: Divorced
Age: 78 Years

Shekhar Kapur

Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Eye ColourDark brown
Hair ColourSalt & pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth6 December 1945 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2023)78 Years
BirthplaceLahore, Punjab, British India
Zodiac signSagittarius
HometownDelhi, India
SchoolModern School, New Delhi
CollegeSt. Stephen's College
Educational QualificationGraduate in Economics
DebutFilm: Ishq Ishq Ishq (1974)
Ishq Ishq Ishq movie poster
TV: Udaan (1989-91)
Udaan Serial
Director: Masoom (1983, Bollywood)
Masoom movie poster
Elizabeth (1998, Hollywood)
Elizabeth movie poster
Producer: Dil Se (1998)
Dil se movie poster
FamilyFather- Kulbhushan Kapur (Doctor)
Mother- Sheel Kanta Kapur (Journalist, stage actress)
Brother- None
Sister- Neelu Kapur (Actress)
Aruna Sahni
Aruna Sahni
Sohaila Kapur (actress, director, author)
Sohaila Kapur
Address42, New Sheetal Apartments, Dr A B Nair Road, Juhu, Mumbai
HobbiesWriting, reading books, cycling, photography
Controversies• Reportedly, he had a romantic link-up with Preity Zinta, while he was married to Suchitra Krishnamurthy. It became controversial when his wife started giving statements against Preity Zinta and also wrote a poem named 'Maneater' which was indirectly indicating towards Preity. This whole controversy later led the couple to get divorced.
Shekhar Kapur, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi and Preity Zinta
• He was criticised by the British film critic about anti-British representation of the British Army and the Empire in the 2002 movie The Four Feathers.
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/GirlfriendsShabana Azmi (Actress)
Shabana Azmi
Preity Zinta (Actress, rumoured)
Preity Zinta
Wife/SpouseMedha Gujral (Div.1994)
Shekhar Kapur first wife Medha
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi (Singer, Actor, Writer; m.1999–2007)
Shekhar Kapur second wife Suchitra Krishnamoorthi
Marriage DateFirst marriage : Not Known
Second Marriage: Year-1999
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- Kaveri Kapur
Kaveri Kapur

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Shekhar Kapur

  • Shekar Kapur is the nephew of veteran actor Deva Anand.
  • Before entering into the film industry, Shekhar Kapur worked as a Charted Accountant for many big firms in London.
  • He always wanted to become a director, but when he told his father about his dream, his father disapproved of his ambition.
  • During his career as a Charted Accountant, he felt that he can’t do anything but become a director as his soul was in the direction. So he left his corporate job and came back to India to join the Indian film industry.
  • Since he always wanted to become a director, he tried his best to convince many producers but failed to do so. Hence just to stay stable in the industry, he unwillingly did a small role in his uncle, Dev Anand’s, film, ‘Ishq Ishq Ishq’.
  • After doing half a dozen movies as an actor, he then directed his first film ‘Massoom’ in 1983.
  • He was in a relationship with Shabana Azmi for about seven years. But things did not work out between the two and both parted ways. Even after they got separated, both worked together in the film ‘Masoom’.Shekhar Kapur and Shabana Azmi
  • At a point, Shekhar Kapur became tired of filmmaking and went to the Philippines to become a scuba-diving instructor and after that went to London and joined a TV show ‘On The Other Hand’ as the host.
  • Shekhar Kapur directed the most controversial film ‘Bandit Queen’ in 1994. The movie was critically acclaimed and brought him several offers from Bollywood as well as Hollywood. He then directed the Hollywood movie ‘Elizabeth’ in 1998 and  ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’ in 2007, among which the first got nominated for seven and the latter was nominated for two Oscars.Bandit Queen
  • He gave his voice to the  Charkha Audiobooks titled ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth’ for the role of Mohan Das as the narrator.
  • Shekhar Kapur was the judge of the talent hunt show ‘India’s Got Talent’ in 2013 and a member of the jury at the May 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
  • He received the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ (BAFTA Film Awards) for Best Film’ for the movie Elizabeth (1998) and was also awarded ‘Padam Shri’ the fourth highest award in India in 2000.
  • In December 2018, he took to Twitter to reveal that he was dyslexic and had attention deficit disorder (ADD).