Shekhar Kapur Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Biography & More

Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur is an Indian film director, actor, and film producer, known for his works in Hindi cinema and international cinema. Kapur became known in Bollywood with his recurring role in the TV series Khandan in the mid-1980s and his directorial debut in the cult Bollywood film Masoom in 1983, which won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for that year. He gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen

Shekhar Kapur Bio/Wiki

Real Name/Full NameShekhar Kapur
Nick NameN/A
Profession Actor, Director, Producer
DebutFilm– Ishq Ishq Ishq (1974)
TV– Udaan (1989-91)
Director– Masoom (1983, Bollywood)
– Elizabeth (Hollywood)
Producer– Dil Se (1998)
Physical Stat
Height In Centimeter- 175 cm
In Meter- 1.75 m
In Feet- 5’9”
WeightIn Kilogram- 70 kg  
In Pound- 154 lbs
Eye colourDark Brown
Hair colourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date Of Birth6 December 1945
Shekhar Kapur Age (2021)76 Years
Birthplace Lahore, Punjab, British India
Zodiac sign Sagittarius
Nationality Indian
Home town Delhi, India
School Modern School, New Delhi
College/University St. Stephin College, New Delhi
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
HobbiesWriting, Reading Books, Cycling, Photography
Family member
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/GirlfriendShabana Azmi (Actress)
Preity Zinta (Actress, Rumoured)
WifeMegha Gujral
Divorce- 1994

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi 
(Marriage- 1999)
(Divorced- 2007)
ChildrenDaughter– Kaveri Kapur
Parents Father– Kulbhushan Kapur (Doctor)
Mother– Sheel Kanta Kapur (Journalist)
SiblingBrother– None
Sister– 3
Neelu Kapur, Aruna Sahni, Sohaila Kapur
Net worth (2021)25 Million USD
Also Read: Preity Zinta

Family, Early Life and Education

Shekhar Kulbhushan Kapoor was born on 6 December 1945 in Lahore, Punjab, British India, in a Punjabi Hindu family to Kulbhushan Kapoor, a doctor with a flourishing practice, and his wife Sheel Kanta Kapoor

Kapur attended Modern School of New Delhi. He studied economics at St. Stephen’s College. At 22, he became a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in England, having studied accountancy at the behest of his parents

Shekhar Kapur was married to Medha Gujral, niece of former Indian Prime Minister I. K. Gujral. They split in 1994.

Kapur then married Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, an Indian actress, writer, painter and singer in 1997. They are divorced. They have a daughter named Kaveri Kapur. Kapur has a sister named sohaila kapur who played mother of sushmita sen in aarya

Shekhar Kapur Career

In India

Kapur started his career as an actor in the movie Jaan Hazir Hai (1975) and later in Toote Khilone, in Bollywood. He appeared in several Hindi television dramas, such as Udaan (Doordarshan), opposite Kavita Chaudhary, Upanyaas (Doordarshan) opposite Nisha Singh, and Masoom opposite Neena Gupta.

He turned director with the family drama Masoom (1983), starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and a young Jugal Hansraj & Urmila Matondkar. 

He then directed the 1987 science-fiction film Mr. India, starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri in his most famous role as the villain Mogambo. Puri’s most famous dialogue in this film “Mogambo Khush Hua” is still remembered.

In 2013, Kapur hosted the TV show Pradhanmantri on ABP News. On the show, which aims to bring never-seen-before facets of Indian history, he was the narrator.

He served as a judge on the reality TV series India’s Got Talent, aired on Colors.

In 2016, Kapur delivered an autobiographical film and documentary about Amma, well known as Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, called “The Science of Compassion”.


In 1998, he received international recognition for the second time after Bandit Queen, when he directed the Academy Award-winning period film Elizabeth, a fictional account of the reign of British Queen Elizabeth I nominated for seven Oscars. The 2007 sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, was nominated for two Oscars.

In 2006, Kapur formed Liquid Comics and Virgin Animation, an entertainment company focused on creating new stories and characters for a global audience. The Shakti titles of Kapur and Deepak Chopra’s company debuted with Devi and The Sadhu

He has announced that he will direct Little Dragon, an authorized biopic of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Shekhar Kapur

Awards and Honors

  • Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2000. 
  • BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film – Elizabeth (1998)
  • National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi (director) – Bandit Queen (1994)
  • Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie – Bandit Queen (1994)

Some Facts About Shekhar Kapur

  • He studied accountancy at the behist of his parents and at the age of 22, became a chartered accountant with ICAEW in England.
  • At the age of 24, he left his job as an accountant and a management consultant to pursue his artistic interests.
  • He never considered directing films earlier, but it was his failure to establish himself as an actor that made him take to direction.
  • His historical biopics on Queen Elizabeth ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’ won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and two Academy Award nominations. He has been the recipient of the Padma Shri, the National Film award and three Filmfare awards, among others.
  • Shekhar Kapur had offered the role of ‘Mr India’ to Rajesh Khanna first, who turned it down because he couldn’t relate to the invisible hero.
  • Shekhar Kapur made the critically-acclaimed ‘Bandit Queen’ in 60 days and played a cameo in the film as a truck driver.
  • He shot Tina’s funeral scene in ‘Mr India’ while she was sleeping as she could not control her laughter in the scene.
  • He is an ardent fan of AR Rahman and calls him ‘The Mozart of Madras’.
  • He had a seven-year long relationship with Shabana Azmi.
  • He divorced Medha to marry Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, whom he divorced after 8 years of marriage. Medha, who passed away on November 24, 2014, was married to devotional singer Anup Jalota. 

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