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Ram Kapoor (Hindi: राम कपूर, pronounced [raːm qaːpuːr]; born 1 September 1973)[1] is an Indian television actor noted particularly for his portrayal of Jai Walia on Kasamh Se and for his character, Ram Kapoor, in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain. He rose to prominence as the host of Rakhi Ka Swayamwar.[clarification needed]

He is the only actor to win the Indian Telly Awards for best actor consecutively (in 2006, 2007 and 2008).[2] Kapoor has received numerous awards, recognition and acclaim for his work in Indian television.[3] Kapoor has acted in five Hindi movies in supporting roles.

Biography

Early life

Ram Kapoor was born into a Punjabi Khatri family in New Delhi, India, to Anil Kapoor, an advertising and marketing executive and Rita Kapoor a homemaker. He grew up in Mumbai, India, where his family moved soon after his birth.[citation needed] Ram has a younger sister, Aruna.

Schooling

Kapoor attended the reputed private Scottish High School in Mumbai. He spent his formative years at Sherwood College, a well-known boarding school in Nainital,[4] where he excelled in sports, swimming, volleyball and tennis. At Sherwood College Kapoor was introduced to acting, when as a challenge and an order from his head captain he auditioned for the annual school theatrical production of Charley’s Aunt and performed the lead role. Under the direction and tutelage of Amir Raza Hussein Kapoor found his career path and realized his love for acting.[4] Kapoor had his education after the 10th board exams in Kodaikanal International School.

Career Building

After his graduation Kapoor decided to join the entertainment industry and left for Los Angeles in USA with the intention of joining UCLA to study film making. But it was his love for acting that compelled him to join a Stanislavski acting academy in Los Angeles[4] where Kapoor successfully graduated. Kapoor’s mother was his biggest support, but his father doubted his commitment as he wanted Ram to follow in his footsteps and join the corporate world. To prove to his father wrong Kapoor attended the Stanislavski School of Method Acting[which?] for six months, before he informed his parents that he was attending acting school and not UCLA. To support himself financially Kapoor did odd jobs which included selling cars, credit cards, cable subscriptions and working at Starbucks.

Personal life

After being tagged as a Casanova and playboy, Kapoor met his co-star from Ghar Ek Mandir, Gautami Gadgil. After becoming best friends, the couple dated and married on 14 February 2003.[citation needed] They have two children, a daughter born 12 June 2006 whom they named Sia and a son born on 12 January 2009 named Aks Kapoor.[citation needed]

The couple played real life husband and wife in 2012 hit rom-com Student Of The Year.

Career

1997-2005: Debut & Breakthrough

The classically trained Ram Kapoor made his on screen debut with a critically acclaimed television serial called Nyay (1997), directed by Sudhir Mishra.[4] Though the show did not gain popular recognition, Kapoor’s work was appreciated and he took up three more shows Heena (1998), Sangharsh (1999) in the same year he was offered a part in Kavita (2000).[4][5]

In 2000 Kapoor acted in Ghar Ek Mandir. Kapoor opted out of two shows, Kavita and Sangharsh.[4] By then Heena had aired its last episode. Kapoor worked with Amir Raza Hussein once again in The Fifty Days of War-Kargil which ran for 10 days in New Delhi as a tribute to the heroes of the Kargil War. Ram played five characters.[6] This was his first and only theater experience.

In 2001 Kapoor was seen on Zee TV’s show Rishtey, in the serial Kabhi Aaye Na Judaai and a cameo appearance in Mira Nair's film Monsoon Wedding.[7]

He appeared in Dhadkan (2003) and was seen in Awaz - Dil Se Dil Tak.[8] Kapoor followed Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi with Bali (2004), a telefilm in which he played Prithvi Singh.

In 2005 Kapoor was seen in three Hindi movies — Devaki,[9] Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow[10] and Missed Call.[11] Devaki highlighted the plight of women in urban and rural India, comparing the similarities of their fate. Missed Call[11] received polarized reactions at the film festivals. At the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles the movie was critically appreciated and the critics called it strikingly original and darkly humorous.[12] However, at the Cannes Film Festival it was a critical and general failure.[13]

2006-2009: Kasamh-Se and Reality Shows

In 2006, Kapoor got his breakthrough role of Jay Walia in Ekta Kapoor's Kasamh Se on Zee TV. He played the role of Male protagonist Jay Walia, who is a suave, wealthy business tycoon who marries his employee Bani and eventually falls in love with her. It acted like a milestone for his career as he quickly stole the limelight for the role. His acting was appreciated by viewers as well as TV critics. His chemistry with costar Prachi Desai was also well appreciated by the audience. He received a lot of appreciation & recognition for his role of Jay Walia in the serial and the role made him one of the best actor of Indian television. Since January 2006, Kasamh Se is giving consistent good TRPs and is the top show of the channel. In 2009 Kasamh Se ended its three-year reign.

In 2007, Kapoor was chosen to play the cameo in Ekta Kapoor's path breking saga Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus as Jas Thakral. Ekta Kapoor herself made it clear that the role would be the most different role ever seen on Indian Television. Though the role was a different and most hyped but did not click with the audience.

To avoid being typecast in roles similar to Jai Walia, Kapoor opted for Basera.[14] The show launched on 17 August 2009 on NDTV Imagine and opened in the top 100 on the TRP chart. 2009 also saw Kapoor participate in two reality shows: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa[15] as a participant and Rakhi Ka Swayamwar as a host.[16]

Due to the huge commercial success of Swayamwar 1 (Rakhi Ka Swayamwar),[16] Kapoor was reassigned to host Swayamwar 2 (Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega). He appeared in Swayamwar 3 (Ratan Ka Rishta) as a part-time host, whenever Hiten Tejwani was unable to appear.[17]

2010 - 2011: Bollywood and Other appearances

Kapoor has also appeared in minor roles in two films in 2010. The first was the commercial Karthik Calling Karthik, starring Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone with Kapoor playing the role of Kamath. The second, Udaan, was a parallel cinema directed by Vikrmaditya Motwane and under the banner of award-winning filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.

2011 - Present: Bade Achhe Lagte Hain and Success

Ekta Kapoor approached Ram to work in her next mature story on Sony TV co-starring Sakshi Tanwar but Kapoor denied the same. After several approaches by Ekta, Ram decided to step in the role of Protagonist. In 2011, the show was launched titled Bade Achhe Lagte Hain and Kapoor enacted the role of Ram Kapoor a business tycoon who is in his mid 40s and is un-married. The role was biggest role of his career that brought him fame and recognition and several accolades for his portrayal as Ram Kapoor. His chemistry with co-star Sakshi Tanwar was also well appreciated that made him fetch Best Jodi at The Global Indian Film and TV Honours. The role was a spark that made him a well known actor of recent times.

In 2011 & 2012, Kapoor also enacted small role in successful Bollywood films like, Love U...Mr. Kalakaar!, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Student Of The Year that made him a known and active face in Hindi film industry. In 2013,he is a host in the TV reality show 'WELCOME'. Which airs on weekends.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
Fiction Shows
1998 Heena Dr. Amir
1999 Sangharsh Pitambar Tahilyani
2000 Kavita Rishi Grover Protagonist
2000 Ghar Ek Mandir Rahul Protagonist opposite co-star Gautami Gadgil
2001 Kabhi Aaye Na Judaai Rajeshwar Agnihotri Protagonist
2001 Rishtey Sujoy Chaudary Protagonist
2002 Kehta Hai Dil Jai Singh
2003 Awaz - Dil Se Dil Tak Vishal
2003 Dhadkan Dr. Rajeev Agarwal Protagonist
2004 Bali Prithvi Singh Protagonist
2004 Manshaa Vinay Khanna Protagonist
2005 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Shadab Cameo
2005 Devaki Rahul
2006–09 Kasamh Se Jai Walia Main Protagonist co-star Prachi Desai/Gurdeep Kohli
2007 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Jas Thakral Cameo
2009 Basera Keshu Bhai Sanghvi Main Protagonist
2011-Present Bade Achhe Lagte Hain Ram Kapoor Main Protagonist opposite co-star Sakshi Tanwar
2013-present Sanskaar – Dharohar Apnon Ki Paddy Supporting Cast
<center>Non-fiction shows
2001 Indian Telly Awards Host Award show (with Gautami Gadgil)
2002 Kamzor Kadi Kaun Contestant Game show
2002 Chalti Ka Naam Antakshari Contestant With Gautami Gadgil
2003 Khullja Sim Sim Contestant Game show
2003 Indian Telly Awards Host Award show (with harsh khaitan)
2006 Jodee Kamaal Ki Contestant With Gautami Gadgil
2006 Zee Asyitva Awards Host Award show (with Roshni Chopra)[18]
2006 Kam Ya Zyaada Contestant Game show
2007 Koffee with Karan Himself Guest with Ekta Kapoor, Ronit Roy with Hiten Tejwani
2007 Indian Telly Awards Host Award show (with Roshni Chopra)
2009 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa[15] Contestant Eliminated in round 5
2009 Rakhi Ka Swayamwar[16] Host RKS and Maan Ki Baat
2010 Swayamwar 2 - Rahul Dhulaniya Lejaayenge Host Reality show
2011 Kaun Banega Crorepati 5 Himself(Participant) In Diwali Special Episode along With Sakshi Tanwar won INR25,00,000.
2012 11th Indian Telly Awards Host Award show (with Ronit Roy)
2012 12th Indian Television Academy Awards Host Award show (with Ronit Roy)
2012 Kaun Banega Crorepati 6[19] Himself(Participant) In Christmas Special Episode along With Sakshi Tanwar & Amrita Mukherjee.
2013 Welcome- Bazzi mehman nawazi ki Host Cookery show

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2000 50 Day War-Kargil[6] Theater 5 different characters
2001 Monsoon Wedding Shelly Cameo
2003 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Arun Mehta Directed By Sudhir Mishra
2005 Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow[10] Rohan Sehgal
2005 Missed Call[20] Vinay Murthi Played at film festivals
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik Kamath With Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone
2010 Udaan Jimmy Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane
2011 Love U...Mr. Kalakaar! Deshraj Diwan Directed by S. Manasvi
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Mr Bulani Directed by Shakun Batra
2012 Agent Vinod Abu Nazir Directed by Sriram Raghavan
2012 Student Of The Year Ashok Nanda Directed by Karan Johar
2013 Mai Subhash Joshi Asha Bhosale's (Mai) son-in-law
2013 Mere Dad Ki Maruti Tej Khullar A Venture of Y-Films, directed by Ashima Chibber

Awards

Year Award Category For the show
2006 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor(Jury)[21] Kasamh Se
6th Indian Telly Awards Best Actor (Popular)[2]
Best Onscreen Television Couple (along with Prachi Desai)
2007 7th Indian Telly Awards Best Actor (Popular)
Sansui Telly Awards Best Actor (Jury)
2008 Best Actor (Popular)[22]
2nd Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actor (Critics)
2011 11th Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor(Jury) Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
18th Lions Gold Awards Favourite Television Actor In a Lead Role
2012 The Global Indian Film and TV Honours Best Jodi(along with Sakshi Tanwar)
Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards Best Television Actor (Male)[citation needed]
FICCI Frames Excellence Honours Awards Best Television Actor (Male)
11th Indian Telly Awards Best Actor (Popular)
5th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actor (Popular)[23]
12th Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor(Jury)[24]
2013 19th Lions Gold Awards Favourite Television Actor In a Lead Role
Apsara Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series

References

External links


Zee Gold Awards for Best Actor (Jury and Popular)
Popular
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