Shekhar Kapur is a renowned Indian actor, director, and producer.He was born on 6 December 1945, in Lahore, which was then part of British India. His father, Kulbhushan Kapur, was an eminent doctor. His mother was Sheela Kanta Kapoor, who was the sister of actor
. Shekhar was the only son of his parents. He also had three sisters. Shekhar went to school at the Modern School in
and later studied Economics at the prestigious St. Stephen’s College. When he was of 22 years, he became a Chartered Accountant with ICAEW in England. In the starting of his career Shekhar worked for big Oil Company, then he moved to the UK in 1970 and spent few years working as a consultant. Shekhar started his acting career in the 1975 Bollywood movie ‘Jaan Hazir Hai’ and ‘Toote Khilone’.
He also made appearances in various Hindi Television serials like ‘
’.He took the turn towards directing the movie ‘Massom’ in 1983 starring well-established actors like
, Shabana Azmi.He then went on to direct the blockbuster Science Fiction film ‘Mr. India’ starring Sridevi,
. He also directed the movie critically acclaimed movie ‘Bandit Queen.'
Slowly, Shekhar lost interest in the production of Bollywood movies after directing a few other movies and made his way towards Hollywood. Shekhar’s Hollywood journey started in 1998 with his direction of Academy Award winning film ‘
’; which was based on the period of British Queen Elizabeth. This movie was also nominated for seven Oscar awards. In continuation, the sequel to this movie named as Elizabeth: The Golden Age too made an impact and received Oscar’s nomination. Shekar was married to Suchitra Krishnamoorthy, who was a famous actress and model of her time. They had a daughter named Kaveri but eventually the couple got a divorce in February 2007. Shekhar’s future projects include movies like ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, and ‘The Last Full Measure’. He is also working on the third squeal to the Elizabeth movie; titled as ‘Elizabeth: The Dark Age'.