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Indian Actor Shahid Kapoor pictures, photo gallery and biography
Born: February 25, 1981 in Mumbai, India
Starting off his career by working in music videos and ads, Shahid Kapoor made his Bollywood debut as a background dancer in Subhash Ghai's Taal (1999). After four years, he made his debut as a leading actor in Ishq Vishk (2003) and won a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for his performance. Following through with critically acclaimed performances in films like Fida (2004) and Shikhar (2005), he had his first commercial success with Sooraj R. Barjatya's Vivah (2006), his biggest commercial success so far, and later continued it with Jab We Met (2007). Since then, Shahid Kapoor has established himself as one of the most promising actors of the industry.
Before starting off his career as an actor, Shahid Kapoor worked in several music videos and ads, including the Pepsi commercial with Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji post Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). While doing so, he decided to join the Shiamak Davar Institute for the Performing Arts (SDIPA), where he was later seen in Subhash Ghai's film Taal (1999) as a background dancer in the song Kahiin Aag Lage Lag Jawe along with actress Aishwarya Rai.
In 2003, Shahid Kapoor played his first leading role as Rajiv Mathur, a carefree young man in Ken Ghosh's moderately successful love story Ishq Vishk.
The following year, Shahid Kapoor collaborated once again with director Ken Ghosh in the thriller Fida, where he co-starred alongside Kareena Kapoor and Fardeen Khan.
Featuring in three more films in 2005, success continued to elude Shahid Kapoor. However, his performance as Jaidev Vardhan, a man who is sucked into the world of money and greed in John M. Matthan's drama Shikhar was critically acclaimed, earning Kapoor his first Star Screen Award for Best Actor nomination. According to indiaFM, "Shahid Kapoor is only improving with every film.
In 2006, things began turning around as Shahid Kapoor received his first box office success since his debut with the multi-starrer, 36 China Town.
Kapoor's final release of 2006 was Sooraj R. Barjatya's romantic drama Vivah, a film depicting the journey of two individuals from engagement to marriage. Co-starring alongside Amrita Rao, the film was received favourably by most critics and became one of the highest grossing films of the year as well as Kapoor's biggest commercial success to date.
During the summer of 2006, Kapoor embarked on his first world tour, the Rockstars Concert, along with Bollywood stars, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham, Esha Deol, Mallika Sherawat and Zayed Khan.
In 2007, Shahid Kapoor appeared in two movies. His first release was Ahmed Khan's Fool and Final. His next release, Imtiaz Ali's comedy-romance Jab We Met opposite Kareena Kapoor, became one of the biggest hits of the year.
As of May 2008, Shahid Kapoor has completed filming Aziz Mirza's forthcoming film Kismat Konnection, which is expected to release on July 18, 2008, and is currently working on Ahmed Khan's Paathshala.