Aditya Roy Kapur, who rose to fame with his film Aashiqui 2 along with Shraddha Kapoor, turns a year older today. Born on 16 November 1985 to a Punjabi Hindu father, Kumud Roy Kapur, and an Indian Jewish mother, Salome Aaron, the actor is often known for his chocolate boy image. All picture/Aditya Roy Kapur's Instagram, mid-day archives and Yogen Shah
It's not just he, and his brothers who have entered the film fraternity, Aditya Roy Kapur's grandfather, Raghupat Roy Kapur, was also a film producer.
Aditya Roy Kapur is the youngest of the three siblings - his eldest brother, Siddharth Roy Kapur a producer married to the actress, Vidya Balan. His second elder brother, Kunaal Roy Kapur, is also an actor.
His maternal grandparents, Sam and Ruby Aaron, were qualified dance teachers who introduced the Sama dance to India. Born and brought up in South Mumbai, Aditya Roy Kapur completed his schooling from G. D. Somani Memorial School, in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, where all his siblings studied where his mother also directed school plays. Subsequently, he graduated from St. Xavier's College.
Aditya Roy 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 the sixth standard.
In an old interview with mid-day about his Bollywood debut, Aditya Roy Kapur said how he bagged his first-ever role in the tinsel town. "I was a VJ. That was fun and easy because I just had to be myself. Then I got lucky and bagged a small role in London Dreams. After that, I was in the right place at the right time and got to audition for Action Replayy. Vipul Shah thought that I was perfect to play the role of Akshay and Aishwarya's son. Around the same time, Sanjay Leela Bhansali also called me for Guzaarish and he quite liked me."
After his Bollywood debut with a minor role in Ajay Devgn and Salman Khan's London Dreams (2009). He did a series of movies as a supporting actor - Action Replayy (2010) and Guzaarish (2010) and also, in the coming-of-age romance, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013).
Sharing his experience working with two superstars of Bollywood - Hrithik Roshan and Akshay Kumar, Aditya Roy Kapur said: "Akshay is so disciplined and hard work that it's unbelievable. He doesn't smoke, drinks, or party. He wakes up at 5 am and is very dedicated to his workout regimen. Just being around him makes you pumped up to give your best. Duggu is extremely helpful. He's genuinely interested in making sure you do a good job with the scene. He puts in the effort to make you comfortable."
As Aditya Roy Kapur has shared the screen space twice with Aishwarya Rai, in Guzaarish and Action Replayy, the actor said: "Yes. I was on the set with Rajpal Yadav waiting for my scene. I hadn't met Ash before. She walked in with full make-up and ready with her lines. We did a great take and that naturally broke the ice between us. I keep joking with my friends saying I can retire now that I have done two films with Aishwarya Rai!"
But he rose to prominence as an actor in 2013 by playing the male lead in the highly successful romantic drama, Aashiqui 2. After giving two successful hits with Aashiqui 2 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. "There is a certain kind of expectation from me, so in that sense there is pressure. But I don't think about all this. I don't think about how much business my films will make. Aashiqui 2 and Yeh Jawaani were hit films, especially the former film in which I was the protagonist. So somewhere there is something for me to lose. There is some kind of pressure and that I have something to lose now (stardom). I am getting more recognition from people. Things have definitely changed after the success of these two films. I don't know if all this means that I am a star," Aditya said in an interview with PTI.
Aditya Roy Kapur then appeared in the romantic comedy Daawat-e-Ishq with Parineeti Chopra, Fitoor with Katrina Kaif and OK Jaanu featuring Shraddha Kapoor which did lukewarm at the box office.
Aditya Roy Kapur was last seen in Abhishek Varman's period drama, Kalank, alongside an ensemble cast of Madhuri Dixit, Sinha, Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sanjay Dutt. The film, however, bombed at the Box Office. He will also star in Mahesh Bhatt directional thriller drama Sadak 2 opposite Alia Bhatt.
We wish the chocolate boy of Bollywood a very happy birthday!
Aditya Roy Kapur, who started his career as a supporting role in Bollywood, is now more than just a chocolate boy. As he turns 34 on November 16, 2019, let's take a look at his journey in Bollywood so far!
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