Rajat Kapoor hails from Delhi. Born in 1961, this actor, writer and director was very fond of watching films and at a young age of 14 he decided to become a filmmaker. He started as an actor and joined a theatre group based in Delhi called the Chingari. He later moved to Pune to pursue his passion and there he attended the Film and Television Institute of India. Like every other actor and director of that time, Kapoor too had problems to overcome and nothing was easy to get. He had his own share of success and failures during his struggling days.
His first directional debut was the movie Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One in 1997, which starred Irrfan Khan and Naseeruddin Shah. His first break was with his acting in Dil Chahta Hai where he appeared as a supporting actor. Things had started looking better for Kapoor. He went on to get associated with movies like Monsoon Wedding, Corporate and Bheja Fry, which bagged him international acclaim and a respectful place in the eye of the critics. He wrote and directed Raghu Romeo in 2003, which helped him bag the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. He thirst was not satisfied with just one National Award and hence he went on to win two more National Awards.
His recent hits are Phas Gaye Re Obama, Agent Vinod, and Midnight’s children. Midnight’s children is an adaption of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children. The movie has been critically successful across box offices all over the world and renowned critics have praised Kapoor for his high quality of work. But even though his career in cinema seem to see heights, Rajat has continued his passion of theatre. His productions like C for Clown, Hamlet-The Clown Prince, The Blue Mug and the latest Nothing Like Lear have travelled all over India and abroad showcasing the creativity and beauty of the art.
Rajat Kapoor is one of those few gems that are great in everything he puts his hands on. He happens to be a great director, actor as well as a writer. He is married to Meenal Agarwal and has two children Rabia and Vivan.Rajat Kapoor is like the whisky in the wooden drum, just keeps getting better as he ages.