Born: Delhi, India
Shahid Kapoor is considered one of the most promising Indian actors of the young generation. Kapoor was born with a rich heritage of artistic talent, to actor Pankaj Kapur and actor/classical dancer Neelima Azeem on 25 February 1981. As a child, he studied at Gyan Bharati School in Delhi until the fourth grade, where he shifted to Rajhans Vidyalaya, Mumbai. Before starting his career as an actor, Kapoor worked in several music videos and advertisements. A brilliant dancer, he joined Shiamak Davar Institute for the Performing Arts (SDIPA) in 1995, where he was later seen in Subhash Ghai's film Taal (1999) as a background dancer in the song âKahin Aag Lage Lag Jaweâ along with actress Aishwarya Rai. Subsequently, he discontinued appearing in advertisements and music videos, so that he could concentrate on making his movie debut. In 2003, Kapoor played his first leading role as Rajiv Mathur, a carefree young man in Ken Ghosh's moderately successful love story Ishq Vishk which was well received by audiences and earned him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. 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, his biggest economic success to date). His performances in Jab We Met (2007) and Kaminey (2009). Despite several ups and downs in his career, heâs considered one of the most promising young talents in Hindi cinema.
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