Annu Kapoor Biography – an Indian Actor and a Former Radio Disc Jockey

Annu Kapoor is an Indian actor, singer, director, radio disc jockey, and television presenter who has appeared in over a hundred films, as well as television series. His career has spanned over 40 years as an actor, producer, director and singer.

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Real Name: Anil Kapoor
Profession: Indian actor
Birthplace: Bhopal, Bhopal State
Spouse: Arunita Mukherjee
Age: 66

Annu Kapoor (born Anil Kapoor; 20 February 1956) is an Indian actor, singer, director, radio disc jockey, and television presenter who has appeared in over a hundred films, as well as television series. His career has spanned over 40 years as an actor, producer, director, and singer. Besides acting, he also does a Radio show, named Suhaana Safar With Annu Kapoor which airs on 92.7 big FM. He has won numerous awards in his career, including two National Film Awards, one Filmfare Award, and two Indian Television Academy Awards in varied categories.

Annu Kapoor Biography
Annu Kapoor Biography
Annu Kapoor Biography
Anil Kapoor

20 February 1956 (age 66)

Bhopal, Bhopal State
(now in Madhya Pradesh), India
Alma mater National School of Drama
  • Actor
  • television presenter
  • radio presenter
  • singer
  • director
  • producer
Years active 1979–present
Anupama Patel (m. 1992; div. 1993)
(m. 2008)
Arunita Mukherjee (m. 1995; div. 2005)
Children 4
Relatives Om Puri (brother-in-law)

Early life (Annu Kapoor Biography)

Annu Kapoor was born in Itwara, Bhopal, Bhopal State, on 20 February 1956, to Madanlal, a Punjabi father with roots in Peshawar, and Kamal, a Bengali Brahmin mother. His father owned a traveling Parsi theatre company that performed in cities and towns, and his mother was an Urdu teacher and a trained classical singer. His grandfather Kripa Ram Kapoor was a doctor in the British Army and his great-grandfather Lala Ganga Ram Kapoor was a revolutionary who was executed during the Indian freedom struggle.

Due to poor financial circumstances, he had to quit school following secondary education. With a salary of ₹ 40, his mother worked as a teacher. On his father’s insistence, he joined his theatre company. Following a stint there, he joined the National School of Drama in 1976, after his brother Ranjit Kapoor, who was already a student there insisted. After graduating from the National School of Drama and a brief stint with its repertory company, in 1981, he played a 70-year-old man in the play Ek Ruka Hua Faisla in Bombay (now Mumbai). Film director Shyam Benegal who saw Kapoor perform sent him a letter of appreciation and signed him for his 1983 film, Mandi.

Personal life (Annu Kapoor Biography)

Kapoor has promoted India’s positive aspects in his programs. Kapoor’s sister Seema Kapoor was married to actor Om Puri. His elder brother, Ranjit, is a director and screenwriter, and his sister, Seema, is a producer and actor. Kapoor’s younger brother, Nikhil, is a writer and lyricist.

Kapoor has four children (three sons— Kavan, Maahir, and Evaan—and a daughter, Aradhita) from two marriages. His wife, Anupama, is American by birth. Annu remarried his first wife, Anupama (Pami), in 2008.

He changed his name from Anil Kapoor to Annu Kapoor to avoid confusion with the hero of the film Anil Kapoor, while acting in Tezaab.

Annu Kapoor with his Wife Anupama
Annu Kapoor with his Wife Anupama

Career (Annu Kapoor Biography)


He made his screen debut with an uncredited role in Amitabh Bachchan starrer Kaala Patthar (1979). After then, he appeared in many films such as Aadharshila (1982), Betaab (1983), Mandi (1983), and Khandar (1984). He got his first breakthrough with Utsav (1984), in which he portrayed the role of Masseur. For which he got his first nomination in the Filmfare Awards in the category of Best Performance in a Comic Role. Subsequently, he starred in many critically and commercially acclaimed films like Mr. India (1987), Tezaab (1988), Ram Lakhan (1990),  Ghayal (1990), Hum (1991), Darr (1993), Sardar (1993), Om Jai Jagadish (2002), Aitraaz (2004) and 7 Khoon Maaf (2011).

Kapoor began his career as a stage actor in 1979 and was noticed in 1984’s Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, directed by Basu Chatterjee and written by his elder brother Ranjeet. Annu made his film debut in Mandi, (directed by Shyam Benegal) in 1983. His career has spanned over 30 years, including Bollywood cinema, television serials, and game shows. Kapoor is best remembered for hosting the singing show Close-Up Antakshari, produced by Zee TV. His performance as an obsessive-compulsive sperm-bank physician in 2012’s Vicky Donor met with critical and popular acclaim. He worked in the horror TV serial Kile ka Rahasya (1989) as a cop who was fond of singing.

Kapoor has also appeared in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. His second big breakthrough came with Vicky Donor (2012), who portrayed the role of Dr. Baldev Chadha. His performance was lauded by critics and audiences, for which he won a Filmfare Award, an IIFA Award, a National Film Award, and a Screen Award all in the category of Best Supporting Actor. After Vicky Donor, he starred in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (2013), Shaukeen (2014), Saat Uchakkey (2016), Jolly LLB 2 (2017), Missing (2018), Dream Girl (2019), Khuda Haafiz (2020) and Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (2020).


In 2007, Antakshari – The National Challenge was relaunched on STAR One. The previous year, its “final” episode was telecast; the program’s initial run was from 1993 to 2006. His range of roles varies from portrayal as Saint Kabir in DD National TV serial of the same name, as Mahatma Gandhi in Sardar and Veer Savarkar in Kaala Pani, to police inspector in 7 Khoon Maaf, a petty thief in Utsav to comedic villain in Hum.

The Golden Era – With Annu Kapoor on the Mastiii channel is a nostalgic TV show about Indian cinema, adorned with classical era Hindi film songs and commentary by Annu Kapoor on unheard tales of Bollywood Cinema‘s Legends.

Despite films, Annu has been very active in television shows. He is also known for judging and hosting the 90’s musical show Antakshari (1993-2005) and Golden Era with Annu Kapoor (2011). He has also appeared in some television series like Param Vir Chakra (1988), Ajnabi (1994), Kabeer (1995), Gubbare (1999), etc.

As a radio presenter

Currently, he does a radio program on 92.7 Big FM called “Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor on 92.7 Big FM”. It’s a daily show that features nationally on the radio networks covering all Hindi-speaking radio stations across the country. He recreates the magic of the Golden era with unforgettable melodies of that era and untold stories of the stars and films of the Hindi Cinema. The show comes with the tagline “Filmy Duniya Ki Kahi Ankahi Kahaniya”.


Kapoor has directed several plays. He also directed a feature film Abhay (The Fearless), starring Nana Patekar, Moon Sen, and Benjamin Gilani) for the Children’s Film Society, India. The film won the 1995 National Film Award for Best Children’s Film.


Kapoor produced a musical talent contest for children (Aao Jhoomein Gaayen for SAB TV) and a Bengali-language musical talent hunt show, Gaan Gaao Taaka Naao on Rupashi Bangla TV in Kolkata. He also produced a musical in Mathura entitled Ek Sunhari Shyam.


Directed venture

Year Title
1994 Abhay – The Fearless


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
TBA Hum Do Hamare Baarah dagger TBA
Sab Moh Maya Hai Films that have not yet been released
2023 Dream Girl 2 Films that have not yet been released
2021 Chehre Anand Mahant
2020 Darbaan Narrator Released on Zee5
Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari Shantaram Kaka
Khuda Haafiz Usman Hamid Ali Murad
2019 Dream Girl Jagjeet Singh
Khandaani Shafakhana Baby’s uncle
The Fakir of Venice Sattar
2018 Mangal Ho Gyanii Jail Singh
Missing Inspector Buddhu
Ba Baa Black Sheep Brian Morris/Santa Claus
2017 Jolly LLB 2 Adv. Pramod Mathur
2016 Saat Uchakkey
2015 Dharam Sankat Mein Adv. Nawab Mehmood Shah
Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho Sualaal Gandass
2014 Shaukeen
Saat Uchakkey
Kisi Ne Titli Ko Dekha Hai Kya
Jai Ho Democracy
Muavza Bechu Bhai
Badlapur Boys
2013 Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Sir Yograj Khanna
2012 Vicky Donor Dr. Baldev Chaddha
2012 Gali Gali Chor Hai Constable Parasuram Khuswa
2011 7 Khoon Maaf Inspector Keemat Lal
2004 Aitraaz Barrister Ram Chauthrani
2004 Raincoat Landlord
2004 Kuch To Gadbad Hai Justice Balwant Khanna
2002 Om Jai Jagadish KK
2002 Hum Kisise Kum Nahin Munnu Mobile
2000 Tune Mera Dil Le Liyaa K.K.’s assistant
1999 Arjun Pandit Imran
1999 Kachche Dhaage
1997 Udaan Anand Lagpade
1996 Vijeta Constable Chamanlal
1996 Kala Pani Vinayak Damodar Savarkar Malayalam Film
1995 Anokha Andaaz
1995 Jawab
1994 Sardar Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
1994 Drohkaal Surinder
1993 Darr Vikram “Vicky” Oberoi
1993 Gardish Manishbhai Harishbhai
1993 Waqt Hamara Hai Cafeteria supervisor
1993 Dil Ki Baazi Bihari Daulatram’s cook
1993 Shreemaan Aashique Masterji (song “Is Se Jyada Dukh Na Koi”)
1992 Muskurahat Jaggan
1992 Paayal Pardesi
1992 Jeena Marna Tere Sang
1991 Ranbhoomi Stationmaster
1991 Vishnu-Devaa Petty thief
1991 Hum Havaldar Arjun Singh
1991 Jamai Raja Paltu/I.C. Mishra
1991 Yodha Umeed Singh
1990 Ghayal Drunkard
1990 Aawaz De Kahan Hai Hariya (AKA Harry)
1990 Pyasi Nigahen Susheel
1990 Veeru Dada Ibrahim Gharewali
1990 Zakhmi Zameen Madhav
1989 ChaalBaaz Daya Tribhuvan’s servant
1989 Elaan-E-Jung
1989 Dost Forest officer
1989 Aakhri Gulam
1989 Main Azaad Hoon Munna
1989 Ram Lakhan Shiv Charan Mathur
1988 The Perfect Murder Tiny man
1988 Gunahon Ka Faisla Dinu
1988 Khoon Bahaa Ganga Mein
1988 Tezaab Abbas Ali Guldasta
1987 Diljalaa Fakir Baba
1987 Mr. India Mr. Gaitonde (editor)
1987 Susman Lakshmaya
1986 Chameli Ki Shaadi Chhadami Lal
1986 Ek Ruka Hua Faisla Juror #9
1985 Arjun Babu Ram
1985 Damul Sanjeevan
1984 Utsav Masseur
1984 Khandhar Anil
1984 Mashaal Nagesh
1983 Betaab Chelaram
1983 Mandi
Annu Kapoor Biography
Annu Kapoor Biography


Program Notes
Khari-Khari Rajendra Bhatia
Darpan (two stories) Basu Chatterji
Phatichar Dr. Quack
Kabir Anil Chaudry
Satya Ray Presents (one story) Satyajit Ray
Param Vir Chakra Chetan Anand
Quile Ka Rahasya Seema Kapoor
Close Up Antakshari Gajendra Singh
Chekhov Ki Duniya (one story) Ranjit Kapoor
Idea Jalsa By Durga Jasraj
Wheel Smart Shrimati For Doordarshan
Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka Gajendra Singh
Ek Se Badkar Ek Chota Packet
Bada Dhamaka Ki Funshala
Golden Era With Annu Kapoor Mastiii
Itihaas Gavah Hai(Voice Over) News24
Paurashpur ALTBalaji
Crash Course Season 1 Amazon Prime Video

Radio (RJ)

Show Radio Station Name
Suhaana Safar With Annu Kapoor 92.7 Big FM


Parsi theatre

  • Laila Majnu
  • Harischandra
  • Shirin-Farhad
  • Bhakta Prahlad
  • Shree Krishna Avtar
  • Dahi Wali
  • Qatl-e-Tamizan

Modern plays

  • Antim Yatra: Directed by Barry John
  • Three Sisters: Written by Anton Chekhov, directed by E. Alkazi
  • The Great God Brown by Eugene O’Neill
  • The Zoo Story by Edward Albee
  • Ek Ruka Hua Faisla


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1986 Filmfare Awards Best Performance in a Comic Role Utsav Nominated
1994 V. Shantaram Award Best Director Abhay Won
National Film Awards Best Children’s Film Won
2002 Indian Telly Awards Best Anchor Antakshari Nominated
2003 Nominated
ITA Awards Best Anchor Won
2004 Won
2013 Apsara Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role Vicky Donor Won
IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Best Performance in a Comic Role Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
National Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Screen Awards Best Comedian Won
Times of India Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role Nominated
2014 Stardust Awards Best Supporting Actor The Shaukeens Nominated
2017 Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Jolly LLB 2 Nominated
2018 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor in a Web Series Home Nominated
Streaming Awards Best Actor Won


  1. ^ Annu Kapoor’s real name was Anil Kapoor, he changed his name to avoid confusion with Anil Kapoor.
  2. ^ Tied with Nikhil Chinapa.
  3. ^ Tied with Abhishek Bachchan.

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