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 ‘ Lamhaa’ by 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 ‘ Doga’ by 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.

K L Saigal

K. L. Saigal, or Kundan Lal Saigal, also known as Kundan Lal Sehgal, is the great Indian film actor, and singer, who was born on 11th of April, 1904. He was born to Amar Chand, who was working for the Raja of J&K, and Kesar Bai, who was very religious. He was born in Nawa Shahar, which is situated in Jammu and Kashmir. Saigal has three elder and one younger sibling. His star sign is known to be Aries. Saigal’s mother was very much interested in music, and hence, took Saigal to most of the religious gatherings where he could hear bhajans and kirtans being sung. Saigal was a dropout from school. He used to work as a railway timekeeper and has also worked as a typewriter salesman for the company of Remington Typewriter. Before he started his career in the Indian film industry, such jobs offered him the time as well as an opportunity to travel around India. This played a major role in Saigal’s entry into Bollywood. He got married to Asha Rani in the year 1935, and they were blessed with three children, Madan Mohan, Nina was born in the year 1937, and Bina in the year of 1941. As a young kid, it was one among Saigal’s hobbies to take part and act in the ‘Ram Leela’s’ that were conducted locally. This was his first coaching in singing and acting. Later on, he also started practicing with the musicians at the shrine of Salamat Yusuf, a Sufi saint. As an amateur, he used to sing along with his friends in crowds and gatherings, which helped him meet people like Meharchand Jain at Lahore, as well as the founder of theaters, B. N. Sircar. He was the one who encouraged Saigal to go to Calcutta to kick start his career in music. To earn his livelihood there, he had to start off as a hotel manager. His passion for music made him spend his leisure time in mehfils. He recorded an album with Harishchandra Bali, which the Gramophone Co. India released. This was his first success. From there, in his entire career of fifteen years, he has recorded 185 songs of which 142 were for films and 43 for others. He has sung for musical legends of their time like Ghalib and Seemab, and has also acted in 36 feature films. Kundal Lal Saigal is considered to be a legend in both singing and acting in the Indian film industry. As a tribute to his memory, the song, ‘Saigal Blues’, was composed in the movie, ‘Delhi Belly’, which was made in the year 2010 and directed by Abhinay Deo. Saigal’s debut was through the movie, Mohabbat Ke Aansu, in the year 1932, and directed by Premankur Atorthy. He appeared last in the movie ‘Parwana’, as Inder, in 1947. Saigal died in Jalandhar, his ancestral home, on the 18th of January, in the year 1947. He was 42 years of age at that time. The reason for his death was stated to be as alcohol consumption. Another Version Of K. L. Saigal: The Indian music industry will always remain indebted to this legendary playback singer for popularization of film songs to the Indian public. His melodious voice heralded a new era in film music, acclaimed as peoples’ music, which veteran playback singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi too had acknowledged.  Every playback singer in Hindi film music industry considers K L Saigal as their mentor. Even playback singer Mukesh used to copy his voice, but later on developed his distinct style. K L Saigal’s self composed devotional melodies turned him into a household name of his time. He sang in variety of styles and languages- Bengali, Punjabi, Urdu, and Persian. He is also considered the first superstar of the Hindi film industry, much before Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna made entry into the film industry. He has so far acted in 36 feature films- 28 in Hindi, 7 in Bengali, and 1 in Tamil.  It was in early 1930’s, K. L. Saigal was noticed by classical musician and music director Harishchandra Bali who had asked Saigal to come to Calcutta, introduced him to R C Boral. It was then B N Sircar’s film studio New Theatres, who hired this genius singer and signed a contract of Rs 200 per month. During this time, Saigal had also the opportunity to meet contemporaries like Pankaj Mullick, K. C. Dey and Pahari Sanyal. Later on in 1935, Saigal played the role of ‘’Devdas’’ based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name and which defined his acting career. The film was directed by P C Barua. Calcutta’s New Theatres made some memorable films with Saigal till 1940, after which he moved to Mumbai. He did famous Bengali films like Didi, Desher Mati and few popular films like Street Singer and Darti Mata (Hindi) in the lead roles. Besides non-filmi songs, he also recorded for Bhajans and Ghazals.  When he moved to Mumbai and had acted in more successful films one after another, he became more dependent on alcohol that affected his health and work too. It was said that he could only record a song after having liquor. He died on January 18, 1847, at the age of 42.

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