Aditya Roy Kapur (pronounced [aːd̪ɪt̪jə rɔj kəˈpuːr]; born 16 November 1985) is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi films. After a brief career as a VJ on Channel V, he made his film debut with a minor role in London Dreams (2009) and followed it by playing supporting roles in Action Replayy (2010) and Guzaarish (2010). He rose to prominence in 2013 by playing the male lead in the highly successful romantic drama Aashiqui 2 and a supporting role in the coming-of-age romance Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, both of which ranked among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of the year.

Early life and background

Aditya Roy Kapur was born in Mumbai on 16 November 1985 and he lived in US for 10 years,[2] to a Hindu father,[20] Kumud Roy Kapur and an Indian Jewish mother, Salome Aaron.[3] His grandfather, Raghupat Roy Kapur was a film producer[2][6] Kapur is the youngest of the three siblings, his eldest brother Siddharth Roy Kapur is the Chief Executive Officer of UTV Motion Pictures, who had married actress Vidya Balan and his second elder brother Kunaal Roy Kapur is also an actor.[4]

His maternal grandparents, Sam and Ruby Aaron were qualified dance teachers, who introduced the Sama dance to India.[2] He did his schooling from G. D. Somani Memorial School, in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, where all his siblings studied and where his mother directed school plays.[2] Subsequently, he graduated from St. Xavier's College, affiliated to the University of Mumbai.

Kapur is not a trained actor, though he has taken dance lessons and also diction classes to improve his Hindi accent. According to him he "had no burning ambition to become an actor," and was content being a VJ, until he was called to audition for London Dreams. During his school years, he wanted to be a cricketer but he quit cricket coaching classes after sixth standard.

Career

Film debut and initial struggle (2009–2010)

Kapur started his career as a VJ on music channel Channel V India, where his comic timing and "unique style of hosting" made him a hit. He did a show "Pakao" for Channel V. Later he made his film debut in 2009 playing a minor role in Vipul Shah's musical drama London Dreams starring alongside Salman Khan, Asin, Ajay Devgan. The film was not well received by critics, and was unsuccessful at the box office.

Kapur was next seen in the science fiction romantic comedy Action Replayy (2010) starring Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai, also directed by Vipul Shah, which was Indian remake of Back to the Future was unsuccessful both critically and commercially. He next appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's bittersweet drama Guzaarish (2010) starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. The film was not commercially successful, but it earned mixed to positive reviews from critics.

Breakthrough (2013)

Kapur's career reached a turning point in 2013, when he played the male lead in Mohit Suri's romantic drama Aashiqui 2 opposite Shraddha Kapoor. It was released as the sequel to Mahesh Bhatt's Aashiqui (1990). The two films were unrelated in terms of plot and characters, but were of the same genre and shared similar themes. The film earned mixed to positive reviews from critics, and Kapur earned rave reviews for his performance as a declining singer battling with alcoholism. Film critic Anupama Chopra wrote that "Aditya gives Rahul's angst a certain charm. He is earnest and broken."[7] His on-screen chemistry with co-star Kapoor was also well-appreciated. The film was a commercial success, and became the eighth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2013.

His next role was in Ayan Mukerji's coming-of-age romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Kalki Koechlin. Kapur's performance earned him positive reviews and a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. The film itself received mixed to positive reviews from critics, and became the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2013.

Kapur was next seen opposite Parineeti Chopra in Habib Faisal's romantic dramedy Daawat-e-Ishq (2014). He then starred opposite Katrina Kaif in Abhishek Kapoor's romantic drama Fitoor, an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Neither of these films fared well at the box office.

In 2016, Kapur made a guest appearance in Gauri Shinde's Dear Zindagi starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan, which was released in November 2016.[22] Towards the end of 2016, he completed filming for Shaad Ali's romance Ok Jaanu opposite Shraddha Kapoor. The film, a Hindi remake of the Tamil film O Kadhal Kanmani, released in January 2017.[23]

In 2016, he did a music tour named "Dream Team Bollywood" and performed in Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, New York alongside Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, & Varun Dhawan.[2]

Filmography

YearFilmRoleNotes
2009London DreamsWasim Khan
2010Action ReplayyBunty
GuzaarishOmar Siddiqui
2013Aashiqui 2Rahul Jayekar
Yeh Jawaani Hai DeewaniAvinash 'Avi' Arora
2014Daawat-e-IshqTariq 'Taaru' Haidar
2016FitoorNoor Nizami
Dear ZindagiA furniture dealerSpecial appearance
2017Ok JaanuAditya
2019ShiddatTBAPre-production [2]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardFilmResult
2013BIG Star Entertainment Award for Best actor in a Romantic roleAashiqui 2Won[10]
BIG Star Entertainment Award for the Most Romantic Award for 2013 (alongside Shraddha Kapoor)Won[10]
2014Screen Award for Jodi No. 1 (along with Shraddha Kapoor)Won[2]
Star Guild Awards for Jodi of the Year (along with Shraddha Kapoor)Won[2]
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting ActorYeh Jawaani Hai DeewaniNominated[2]
IIFA Award for Best Supporting ActorWon[2]