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Shekhar Kapur is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Indian born on 6 december 1945 at Lahore (Pakistan)

Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur
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Nationality Inde
Birth 6 december 1945 (78 years) at Lahore (Pakistan)
Awards Padma Shri, Filmfare Awards

Shekhar Kapur (born 6 December 1945) is a Indian film director, producer and actor.

Kapur was born in Lahore, Punjab to Sheela Kanta, the sister of the famous Indian actor Dev Anand. Kapur rose to popularity with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen based on the life of infamous Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi. His historical biopics on Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth (1998) and The Golden Age (2007)) won seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Cate Blanchett.

Best films

Elizabeth (1998)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

Usually with

Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan
(2 films)
Mani Ratnam
Mani Ratnam
(2 films)
Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol
(2 films)
Jill Bilcock
Jill Bilcock
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Shekhar Kapur (27 films)

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Vishwaroopam, 2h29
Directed by Kamal Haasan
Genres Thriller, Action, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Films about terrorism
Actors Rahul Bose, Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekhar Kapur, Jaideep Ahlawat
Roles Colonel Jagannath
Rating78% 3.948043.948043.948043.948043.94804
The film opens in a rundown pigeon shop in New York City where an old man feeds them. He then sends one pigeon away. It flies high and lands in a skyscraper off the office window of a psychologist who is conducting a session with her client Nirupama (Pooja Kumar), a nuclear oncologist, who begins to confide that hers was a marriage of convenience that provided a safe haven for pursuing her PhD in the U.S.A. for past three years and that her husband Vishwanath alias Viz (Kamal Haasan) is a middle-aged Kathak teacher. She is also put off by Viz's effeminate bearing and is attracted to her boss, Deepankar (Samrat Chakrabarti). Doubting whether her husband has secrets of his own, she hires a private investigator to tail him to probe grounds for divorce. She learns from the private investigator that Viz is a Muslim. In a sudden turn of events, the investigator is killed in a sea-side warehouse by Farukh, a prominent member of the terrorist outfit led by Omar (Rahul Bose). A diary on him gives away Nirupama and the terror group led by Farukh nabs the couple. Deepankar is later killed by Farukh's men.
Ishkq in Paris, 1h36
Directed by Prem Soni
Origin Inde
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Preity Zinta, Isabelle Adjani, Gaurav Channa, Salman Khan, Mala Sinha, Shekhar Kapur
Roles Ranveer
Rating38% 1.921841.921841.921841.921841.92184
Two complete strangers Akash (Rhehan Malliek) and Ishkq (Preity Zinta), meet on a train from Rome to Paris and end up spending the evening together in the romantic city. However, owing to a ‘no baggage’ pact set by Ishkq, the two part ways the next morning without a proper goodbye. Ishkq, being the strong-headed independent girl, moves on, while Akash ends up falling for the girl he spent the evening with. They cross paths once again in Paris but will there be ‘Ishkq In Paris’?
Bandit Queen, 1h59
Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Origin Inde
Genres Drama, Erotic, Biography, Action, Historical, Crime, Western
Themes Feminist films, Films about music and musicians, Politique, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Erotic films, Musical films, Rape and revenge films, Political films, Bollywood, Auto-justice
Actors Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Aditya Srivastava, Hemant Pandey, Dolly Ahluwalia, Saurabh Shukla
Roles Truck Driver
Rating74% 3.7445553.7445553.7445553.7445553.744555
Bhind, 1968 Phoolan is married to a twenty-something fellow called Puttilal (Aditya Shrivastava). Though child marriages are customary during that time, Phoolan's mother Moola (Savitri Raekwar) objects to the timing of the match. Phoolan's aging father Devideen (Ram Charan Nirmalker) conforming to his culture, regrettably disagrees, and Phoolan is sent off with Puttilal.
Nazar (1991)
, 2h4
Directed by Mani Kaul
Origin Inde
Genres Drama
Actors Shekhar Kapur, Surekha Sikri
Roles Antique Dealer / Money Lender
Rating63% 3.168983.168983.168983.168983.16898
Un homme réfléchit sur la complexité de son mariage, s’arrêtant sur différents moments du passé. La femme est la création idéalisée de son imagination. L’homme croit posséder la femme. Il ne se rend pas compte qu’elle finira par le posséder en particulier quand elle commence à manifester des signes d’indépendance. Des retranchements silencieux entre l’homme et la femme sont les premiers signes de cassure dans le couple. Les confrontations et réconciliations pleines de haine, de remords, d’espoir et de désespoir aboutissent à une fin tragique.
Drishti (1990)
, 2h51
Directed by Govind Nihalani
Genres Drama
Actors Dimple Kapadia, Shekhar Kapur, Irrfan Khan, Mita Vashisht, Neena Gupta, Navneet Nishan
Roles Nikhil
Rating70% 3.5384453.5384453.5384453.5384453.538445
Sandhya (Dimple Kapadia) and Nikhil (Shekhar Kapur) are a happily married, urban, professional couple. Coming from middle-class families, both of them have risen in their professional life by virtue of merit and hard work. On their eighth wedding anniversary one of their friends brings along his nephew Rahul (Irrfan Khan) who is a classical singer. Sandhya develops an attraction and has an affair with him. She confides in her friend Prabha, but does not tell Nikhil about it. After a couple of months, the affair ends. After about a year, Nikhil falls in love with Vrinda, his assistant in the lab. He tells Sandhya about it and leaves her. Sandhya is shattered and they part. Four years after the divorce they meet again, and Sandhya mentions to Nikhil about her affair with Rahul.
Bindiya Chamkegi
Actors Rekha, Vinod Mehra, Johnny Walker, Shoma Anand, Mazhar Khan, Anant Balwant Dhumal
Rating51% 2.5970552.5970552.5970552.5970552.597055
Shalini 'Shalu' lives a wealthy lifestyle with her businessman brother, Shyam Kapoor, and is expected to marry Surajbhan, the son of wealthy Thakursaheb. She would prefer that Shyam got married first so that he can have someone to look after him, but as he was in love with a woman named Maya, who betrayed him, and since then he has taken to alcohol in a big way, and hates women. When he fails to convince Shalu to marry, he gets married to a woman named Bindiya and brings her home with him. A thrilled Shalu gives her consent to get married, and also announces that she would like to give a formal reception for her brother's marriage.
Khanjar (1980)

Actors Navin Nischol, Reena Roy, Suresh Oberoi, Amjad Khan, Mehmood Ali, Jayshree T.
Rating58% 2.944372.944372.944372.944372.94437
Prakash (Navin Nischol), a librarian, lives with his daughter. One day, his friend and private detective Captain Usman (Suresh Oberoi) visits him and gives him a diary along with a dagger (Khanjar) to safeguard them. He also informs about their importance for a case under his investigation and threatens by some gangsters about them. Soon after this, Prakash learns that Usman is murdered. He also receives a call from a stranger enquiring about Usman's diary and the dagger. Meanwhile, a smart girl named Preeti (Reena Roy) starts to flirt and get closer to him to know about the diary and the dagger. Prakash notices her acts, illustrates to the police the story of Usman's diary, the dagger, his murder and Preeti's attempts for them. They instruct him to follow her to learn about the gangsters she works with. Upon his insistence, Preeti informs about her activities under the instructions of Prince (Amjad Khan). Soon Prince learns about her behaviour and kills her. After few days, his brother-in-law Ramesh (Shekhar Kapur), married to his younger sister Jyothi (Rita Bhaduri), is also found murdered. Disturbed by these mysterious murders leading to the dagger, Prakash and his magician friends Jagat (Mehmood) and Rasvanti (Jashree T.) visit an old town Udaigarh, famous for Swamiji (Amjad Khan). One mystery leads to a deeper mystery and a series of thrilling events unravel the mystery of the khanjar.
Ishq Ishq Ishq
Directed by Dev Anand
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Dev Anand, Zeenat Aman, Kabir Bedi, Shabana Azmi, Zarina Wahab, Prem Nath
Rating71% 3.571913.571913.571913.571913.57191
Dhun (Dev Anand) comes from a wealthy and talented family. His desire is to see the world on his own, and he sets upon this travel. He comes upon an Inn called Five Daughters, run by Pahar (Premnath). He decides to stay there for a while. He meets the daughters, and falls in love with the one named Pooja (Zeenat Aman). Pooja also reciprocates his love, and both hope to marry soon. Pahar does raise objections, but they soon are overcome. Just when the marriage is being planned, the family come to know that both Pooja and Dhun are related, and the relationship is that Dhun is Pooja's maternal uncle.


Passage (2009)
, 16minutes
Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Genres Drama
Actors Haley Bennett, Julia Stiles, Lily Cole, Maite Lanata
Rating67% 3.372763.372763.372763.372763.37276
Three estranged sisters reunite one night when the oldest comes back for her two younger sisters after leaving them years before in mysterious circumstances.