or born as
, is an Indian movie actor, TV and radio presenter who were born on February 20, 1956 in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. He has an almost similar name with the actor, Anil Kapoor, so in 1982 he decided to change his name to Annu Kapoor. He was trained in the National School of Drama in
, India on 1976.
In 1979, he first appeared as a stage actor and he was noted for his appearance in Ek Ruka Hua Faisla under the direction of his brother, Ranjeet in 1982.
, an Indian director who made Annu’s debut film, Mandi in 1983.
Annu was also part of the serial, DD National (DD1) in 2007 and performed in the black comedy film, 7 Khoon Maaf as Inspector Keemat Lal. The Golden Era – With Annu Kapoor is the melancholy show about the Indian cinema, specifically the Bollywood Music. He was the radio presenter in the 92.7 Big FM station with his show called as, Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor.
His career traversed for over 30 years. He has done TV serials, game shows and performed in Bollywood cinema. He also hosted the STAR One’s singing contest, Antakshari – The Great Challenge. Annu played the role of an Obsessive-Compulsive physician in the Bollywood comedy-drama,
in 2012 which became a renowned critically acclaimed film and gave him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2013, he appeared as Sir Yograj Khanna in the Bollywood action comedy film,
Yamla Pagla Deewana
2 under the direction of
Annu came from a family connected with art and nationalism. He was the son of the poet,
who was one of the very few people that mastered Urdu, Arabic and Persian languages. She was also articulate in languages like, Punjabi, Gjarati, Marwadi, Marathi and some other dialects. Annu has four sons and been married twice.
He also directed various plays and films such as the Abhay (The Fearless) that received the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film and V. Shantaram Award in 1994. He was also the producer of the Aao Jhoomein Gaayen on SAB TV, a musical talent competition for kids and the Gaan Gaao Taaka Naao on Kolkata.
Annu have done several films from 1983 to 2014 and Television appearances such as Close Up Antakshari, Quile Ka Rahasya, Idea Jalsa, Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka and a lot more.