Shahid Kapoor (pronounced [ʃaːɦɪd̪ kəˈpuːr]; also known as Shahid Khattar; born on 25 February 1981) is an Indian film actor, known for his work in Hindi cinema. He started his career by working in music videos and advertisements, and made his Bollywood debut with Ishq Vishk (2003) and won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance. He followed it with films like Fida (2004) and Shikhar (2005), and had his first major commercial success with Sooraj R. Barjatya‘s Vivah (2006). He earned nominations for the Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performances in Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009).He followed this initial success with roles in a series of commercially unsuccessful films before starring in the semi-hit R… Rajkumar (2013)Shahid’s rise to stardom reads like a bollywood script: from a struggler to a winner. With his hard work, perseverance and sincerity, he has written his own destiny.
Kapoor was born on 25 February 1981 to actor Pankaj Kapur and actor/classical dancer Neelima Azeem. Kapoor’s parents divorced when he was 3. He continued living with his mother and maternal grandparents in Press Enclave, Saket in Delhi. He shares a cordial relationship with his father and stepmother Supriya Pathak.
As a child, he studied at Gyan Bharati School in Delhi until the fourth grade, where he shifted to Rajhans Vidyalaya, Mumbai.Kapoor has three half siblings: a sister named Sanah Kapur and brothers named Ishaan Khattar and Ruhaan Kapur; Ishaan acted with him in the movie Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005). His maternal grandfather was Anwar Azeem, a noted Marxist journalist and author from Bihar.His great great grandfather was the film director, screenwriter, novelist and journalist Khwaja Ahmad Abbas more popularly known as K. A. Abbas. K.A. Abbas in turn was the grandson of Hali, the chief protégé of Urdu poet, Ghalib
Shahid is a mine of unabashed talent and spark, beneath his calm and innocent veneer. Shahid Kapoor is young and vibrant, with a magnetic charm and easy going candour that sets him apart from the rest. His debut performance as the young and carefree boy-next-door in “Ishk Vishk” was not only applauded but also awarded the Filmfare Best Male Debut. Shahid does justice to his characters each time, be it the sensitive ‘Aditya’ in “Jab We Met” or the two diametric opposite characters of ‘Charlie’ and ‘Guddu’ in “Kaminey” – he stops at nothing short of perfection! Shahid’s unique style and the ease with which he can handle a range of characters, from the dramatic to the emotional, leave nothing to be wished for! His ability to switch modes from young and restless, to mature and responsible, bespeaks the confidence of a veteran. In fact, he can boast of having delivered 4 super hits: “Vivah”, “Jab We Met”, “Kaminey” and “Badmaash Company”.
Shahid’s prowess as an artist does not end here; his talent is multi-dimensional. Not only is he an ace actor and entertainer, but also, his energy and spontaneity as a dancer holds you in a spell.
Shahid is young, yet dependable, with a genuine sincerity about him. He has just the right amount of boyish charisma and dynamism! Being a popular youth-icon and opinion-maker, he holds the baton of marquee brands like Clear Shampoo, Vaseline Men’s Skincare range, Pioneer car stereos and Elf Moto.
Kapoor identifies himself as a vegetarian.While filming Fida (2004), he began dating Kareena Kapoor. They separated during the filming of Jab We Met (2007). According to him, they remained on good terms, with him saying, “I wish her all the happiness in the world. I have great respect for her. She is a wonderful girl.”
Post their high profile break up, Kapoor has decided to keep his personal life away from media attention. He has maintained that he has since been single. Despite this, he has been linked to tennis sensation Sania Mirza and various actresses, such as Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra, Nargis Fakhri, Bipasha Basu, Sonakshi Sinha.
Kapoor uses the last name Khattar, his stepfather’s Rajesh Khattar‘s surname, on his passport.