Shekhar Kapur (Hindi: शेखर कपूर) (born 6 December 1945) is an Indian film director and producer. A critically acclaimed director, he rose to popularity with the movie Bandit Queen. His historical biopics of Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabeth and its sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age) garnered several Academy Award nominations, including two Best Actress nods for Cate Blanchett.
Kapur was born in British India (modern-day Pakistan) to Kulbhushan Kapur, a doctor who had a flourishing practice, and Sheel Kanta, a journalist and stage actress. The nephew of actors Vijay Anand and Dev Anand, he was discouraged to get into show business by his father. His schooling was at the Modern School, New Delhi. He did his economics course at St. Stephen’s College. At 22, Kapur became a chartered accountant, having studied accountancy to please his parents.
Kapur started his career working with a multinational oil company. He moved to Great Britain in 1970, and spent several years working as… read more
Remember him from my early childhood days on Indian national television acting in few but impressive teleserials...from that to direct the Indian films showing children as children and not adults...and then to become an International filmmaker, although his national work is much more remembered, but cannot take away his international recognition too.