Anil Kapoor was born to a film producer Surinder Kapoor, a Punjabi from Peshawar, British India. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School – Chembur, in the Chembur suburb of Mumbai, and then St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Anil Kapoor’s elder brother Boney Kapoor, is a film producer, while younger brother Sanjay Kapoor, is also an actor. He is also the brother-in-law to bollywood superstar Sridevi. In 1984 he married Sunita Kapoor. He has two daughters and a son Harshvardhan. Anil Kapoor’s elder daughter is actress Sonam Kapoor. Rhea Kapoor attended school in New York and is now a producer in Mumbai.
Anil Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with Umesh Mehra’s Hamare Tumhare (1979) in a supporting role. After a few minor roles in films such as Hum Paanch (1980) and Shakti (1982), he got his first leading role in the 1983 Hindi film, Woh Saat Din. Anil Kapoor later tried acting in Tollywood and Sandalwood, and appeared in Bapu’s Telugu film Vamsa Vruksham and Mani Ratnam’s Kannada debut film Pallavi Anu Pallavi released in 1983. Next, he appeared in Yash Chopra’s drama Mashaal (1984) as a Tapori, for which he won his first Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actor category. His Tapori persona and stubble look was considered unconventional at the time, but would later become more fashionable in India many years later. Anil Kapoor’s 1985 releases included Yudh and Saaheb. Going on to deliver huge commercial success with films like Meri Jung (1985), a career-defining role of an angry young lawyer fighting for justice, which eventually established Kapoor’s credential as a mature actor and both audience and critics gave their thumbs up to his performance. Anil Kapoor played a comic Tapori in Karma (1986), the biggest hit of the year. Also in 1986, Kapoor played the role of a care free playboy in the hit Janbaaz, co-starring Feroz Khan.
In 2002, Kapoor produced his first film, the comedy Badhaai Ho Badhaai, in which he also starred in. It was followed by My Wife’s Murder (2005), and Gandhi, My Father (2007). Gandhi, My Father focuses on the relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his son Harilal Gandhi (2007) and was awarded the National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention. He produced the movie Shortkut: The Con Is On starring Akshaye Khanna and Arshad Warsi. In 2010, he produced Aisha, starring his daughter Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol in the lead roles. The film performed moderately at the box office, grossing Rs. 15.50 crore in its theatrical run. He has acquired the remake rights for the American TV success, 24, reportedly for an amount of INR 100 cr. It took him about 1.5 years to license the rights to create an Indian rendition of the popular TV show. Kapoor will be stepping in the protagonist’s (Jack Bauer) role as well. Kapoor played the role of President Hassan in the 8th season of the original series aired on Fox Network.
Anil Kapoor has on rare occasions contributed to the soundtracks of his movies, as a singer. One of his first playback songs was the title track of the 1986 Bollywood comedy Chameli Ki Shaadi. The song was comedic in nature and depicted the love story of the titular Chameli and her lover Charandas, played by Kapoor. Chameli was portrayed by Amrita Singh. In the same decade, he was credited on the song “Tere Bina Main Nahin Mere Bina Tu Nahin” for the film Woh Saat Din. He is also credited on the song “I Love You” from Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai. In 2008, Kapoor provided a rhyme-like-dialogue to introduce his character in Yashraj’s Tashan. His theme was titled “Bhaiyaji ka Tashan”. Interestingly, his co-stars in the movie also had their introductions incorporated in the soundtrack, which was composed by Vishal-Shekhar. Akshay Kumar’s theme was titled “Bachchan Pandey ka Tashan”. Kareena Kapoor’s was “Pooja ka Tashan”. Saif Ali Khan was credited for “Jimmy ka Tashan”. He had one full album, “Welcome” as a co-singer with Salma Agha in 1986. The album was scored by Bappi Lahiri.