Aditya Roy Kapur (pronounced [ədiːtyəˈ royˈ kəˈpuːr]; born 16 November 1985) is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi films. After a brief career as a video jockey 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. Also in 2013, he played a supporting role in the coming-of-age romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, which ranks among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all-time.

Early life and background

Aditya Roy Kapur was born in Mumbai on 16 November 1985,[1] to a Punjabi father and an Indian Jewish mother,[2] Salome Roy Kapur nee Aaron. 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.[3]

His grandfather, Raghupat Roy Kapur was a film producer[4][5] and his maternal grandparents, Sam and Ruby Aaron were qualified dance teachers, who introduced the Sama dance to India.[4] 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.[4] Subsequently he graduated from St. Xavier's College.

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.


Film debut and initial struggle (2009–2010)

Kapur started his career as a VJ on music channel Channel V, where his comic timing and "unique style of hosting" made him a hit. He then made his film debut in 2009 playing a minor role in Vipul Shah's musical drama London Dreams starring Salman Khan and 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 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)

Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor smiles for the camera
Kapur with Shraddha Kapoor at the success bash of Aashiqui 2 in 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."[6] 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. The film became the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2013, and currently ranks among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all-time.[citation needed]

Kapur also starred in Habib Faisal's romantic dramedy Daawat-e-Ishq (2014), in which he is paired opposite Parineeti Chopra. The film released in September 2014.

As of January 2016, Kapur has completed filming for Abhishek Kapoor's romance drama Fitoor, an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, alongside Katrina Kaif and Tabu.[7] He has also committed to feature in Shaad Ali's romance Ok Jaanu, a Hindi remake of the Tamil film O Kadhal Kanmani, opposite Shraddha Kapoor.[8]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role
2009 London Dreams Wasim Khan
2010 Action Replayy Bunty
Guzaarish Omar Siddiqui
2013 Aashiqui 2 Rahul Jaykar
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Avinash 'Avi' Arora
2014 Daawat-e-Ishq Tariq 'Taaru' Haidar
2016 Fitoor Noor Nizami
2017 Ok Jaanu Films that have not yet been released TBA


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  2. ^ "Shraddha and I are really, really close: Aditya Roy Kapur". The Times of India. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Born to Sweet Delight". Tehelka. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Another GenNext Kapur family finds feet in Bollywood". The Economic Times. 20 Nov 2010. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  5. ^ G. Rakesh at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Chopra, Anupama (26 April 2013). "Anupama Chopra's review: Aashiqui 2". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 4 Aug 2014. 
  7. ^ "Aditya Roy Kapur worked hard to play Kashmiri in ‘Fitoor’: Abhishek Kapoor". The Indian Express. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Aashiqui 2 lovers – Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor reunite for another romance". The Times of India. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
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