Ram Kapoor

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. Ram has a younger sister, Aruna. 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, where he excelled in sports, swimming, volleyball and tennis. At Sherwood College Ram 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. Kapoor had his education after the 10th board exams in Kodaikanal International School. After his graduation Ram Kapoor decided to join the entertainment industry and left for Los Angeles in the United States 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 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 Ram Kapoor attended the Stanislavski School of Method Acting 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,, cable subscriptions and working at Starbucks. The classically trained Ram Kapoor made his on screen debut with a critically acclaimed television serial called Nyay (1997), directed by Sudhir Mishra. 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). In 2000 Kapoor acted in Ghar Ek Mandir. Kapoor opted out of two shows, Kavita and Sangharsh. 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. 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. He appeared in Dhadkan (2003) and was seen in Awaz – Dil Se Dil Tak. Kapoor followed Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi with Bali (2004), a telefilm in which he played Prithvi Singh. In 2005 Ram Kapoor was seen in three Hindi movies — Devaki, Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow and Missed Call. Devaki highlighted the plight of women in urban and rural India, comparing the similarities of their fate. Missed Call 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. However, at the Cannes Film Festival it was a critical and general failure. In 2006, Ram 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 and 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, Ram 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. 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 as a participant and Rakhi Ka Swayamwar as a host. Due to the commercial success of Swayamwar 1 (Rakhi Ka Swayamwar), Ram 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. 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. In 2011, he starred in the show Bade Achhe Lagte Hain in the role of Ram Kapoor for which he won Best Jodi at The Global Indian Film and TV Honours. In 2011 and 2012, Ram Kapoor also enacted small role in the Bollywood films Love U…Mr. Kalakaar!, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Udaan, Karthik Calling Karthik, Agent Vinod, Student of the Year, Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Mai that made him a known and active face in Hindi film industry.

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