Ranjit Kapoor is a dialogue writer, actor, director for Bollywood movies. He is perhaps the most influential comedy story writer and dialogue writer in the present times. He began his career in 1983 with NFDC’s production movie ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro.’ Satish Shah co-operated with Ranjit Kapoor and the dialogues suited the movie in every frame. It was a comedy movie and directed by Kundan Shah.

His next assignment as a dialogue writer was for a Vidhu Vinod Chopra's movie 'Khamosh' that starred Shabana Azmi and Amol Palekar. The film received a serious setback as no distributors wanted to buy it for an unconventional plot. After a sabbatical from the film industry for about 10 years, Ranjit Kapoor returned once again for a Kundan Shah’s comedy project ‘Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa’ (1994), the film introduced Shah Rukh Khan in his best role and the film won for King Khan best critics’ award. In the same year, Ranjit Kapoor handled the boldest film of the year which was directed by Shekhar Kapur.

The film ' Bandit Queen' was based on the life of Phoolan Devi and had Seema Biswas in the title role. The film’s dialogue was written by Ranjit Kapoor who used Bhojpuri and UP dialects in the dialogue so that it would bring resemblance to the character of dacoits. 'Bandit Queen' won the best National film award and Seema Biswas received the best national actress award.

The film was screened at many international film festivals and was sent for Oscar, but it faced rejection from the nominee list even. In 1996, Ranjit Kapoor chose to be a part of ABCL production movie 'Tere Mere Sapne’ which was directed by Joy Augustine.

In the year 2000, Ranjit got associated with another Kundan Shah's project titled 'Hum Toh Mohabbat Karega' which was owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment. The film was written by Kundan Shah and Ranjit Kapoor. He wrote both screenplay and dialogue in this film. In 2001, Ranjit Kapoor got associated with Rajkumar Santoshi's project ' Lajja' which was a women-centric film.

The film flopped but dialogues of the film still have relevance in our society. In the year 2005, Ranjit got involved with Ketan Mehta’s project ‘Mangal Pandey: The Rising ‘ for which he wrote only the Hindi dialogues. It was a historic film that kept its focus on 1857 mutiny and the British rule. After writing dialogues in a dozen of films, Ranjit Kapoor tried his luck in direction. He directed a film 'Chintuji' which was produced by Bobby Bedi and Gautam Talwar.

The film starred Rishi Kapoor in a central role. The story was written by him too and it was a political satire movie released in 2009. In 2015, he wrote and directed ‘Jai Ho! Democracy’ which was a political satire film showing the dark side of the system. The film had all veteran actors like Om Puri, Satish Kaushik, Seema Biswas, and Annu Kapoor in lead roles.

This director really knows the mood of audiences and his main emphasis was on humor and he designed that humor either as a dialogue writer, writer or even director. 'Films in his own style' traditionally have a happy ending!


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