Born on 18th of Oct in the year of 1977 to a Punjabi family whose ancestors are from Punjab, Kunal Kapoor is one of the promising actors in Bollywood today. Kunal, who is nicknamed as Kunnu, hails from Mumbai, India. Kunal had been in a relationship with the great fame of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan’s niece, Naina Bachchan, who was an investment banker in London, now pursuing theater arts as her profession. They got married in Feb 2015. It was a private marriage with just their family members at Seychelles.
Kunal started the journey in his career by taking training under
Barry John, who is the founder/director of ‘Theater Action Group’ and later on joined the theater group Motley, owned by the Padma Shri as well as Padma Bhushan title winner,
Naseeruddin Shah. His debut film was ‘Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities’ in which he played the lead role opposite to the famous actress Tabu. He did his second film also in 2006, ‘Rand De Basanti’ directed by
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, starring
Aamir Khan, one of the great actors Bollywood has seen. The year 2006 was quite eventful for Kunal; he was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was also titled Stars’ ‘Sabsey Favourite Naya Hero’ the same year. In 2007, he received the ‘Stardust Breakthrough Performance, Male.’
During the beginning of his career, Kunal had also worked as an assistant director under Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra,.Subsequently, Kunal signed a three- film contract with the Yash Raj Film Studio. He starred in movies like ‘
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag,’ released in 2007, directed by Pradeep Sarkaar, ‘Aaja Nachle,' also in 2007, directed by Anil Mehta, and ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ in 2008. He started doing weekly columns for the HT City as well as supplement ‘Lifestyle’ for Hindustan Times in 2009. His next film was in 2010, after a break of two years. He appeared as a Kashmiri politician, along with
Sanjay Dutt in ‘
Rahul Dholakia. Kunal was well appreciated for his performance in this film.
Kunal, in 2010, has lent his voice for the character ‘
Rama’ in the animated movie ‘
Mahayoddha Rama’ by Raizada Rohit Jaising Vaid. Later on in 2011 he starred in Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan’s film, ‘Don2’ and 2012 saw him in a comedy attire as Omi Khurana, in the film ‘
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’ directed by
Sameer Sharma. This film gave him the title of ‘Indian Mathew McCoughnahay.’ After a break of two years, he returned with the comedy entertainer ‘Kaun Kitne Paani Mein’ as Raj Singhdeo directed by
Nila Madhab Panda. Kunal is also known to have signed contracts for the projects ‘
Anurag Kashyap and ‘Chamkila’ the biography of Amar Singh Chamkila, a Punjabi singer.
Kunal has also done advertisements for popular brands like Thums Up, Mahindra, andRay-Ban. He has also helped support ‘Save the Children’ charity works.
Besides acting, Kunal is trained as a pilot as well as a rally car driver. He started his practice for Formula Three in the year of 2014 and has also been the co-founder of ‘Ketto’ for raising funds for social causes.
Kunal, for whom the actor
Hrithik Roshan is his inspiration, will appear next in the movie ‘
Veeram’ by Jayaraj portraying the life of the warrior Chandu Chekavar. He has been noted to be practicing the art of ‘Kalaripayattu’ for a few months.