Karan Kapoor was born to Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor and British theatre-actress Jennifer Kendal on January 17, 1962. Karan Kapoor has two siblings - Kunal Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor. Kunal is the head of an ad company while Sanjana previously ran the family-owned Prithvi Theatre in Juhu, Mumbai. All three are former Bollywood actors. Prithviraj Kapoor was his paternal grandfather and Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor his paternal uncles. (Pics courtesy: mid-day archives, Instagram and YouTube)
Karan Kapoor made his debut in Shyam Benegal's 1978 film Junoon which was an adaptation of Ruskin Bond's novella The Flight of the Pigeons, based on the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Karan's parents Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendal, siblings Kunal and Sanjana were also part of the historical drama's cast.
Karan Kapoor then went on to appear in 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) in which his mother Jennifer Kendal essayed the lead. Grandfather Geoffrey Kendal was also a cast member and the film was produced by father Shashi Kapoor.
In 1984, Karan Kapoor appeared in the British television series The Jewel in the Crown. Tragedy struck the same year on September 7, when Karan Kapoor's mother, Jennifer Kendal, who was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 1982 succumbed to the illness. Karan's father, the legendary Shashi Kapoor passed away on December 4, 2017.
Karan Kapoor made his mainstream Bollywood cinema debut in 1986 with Sultanat in which he starred alongside Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Juhi Chawla, Sridevi, Amrish Puri, Shakti Kapoor, Tom Alter. The film marked Juhi's debut in Hindi cinema as well.
Karan Kapoor then starred alongside stalwarts Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha and Amrish Puri in Loha (1987) which went on to be one of the year's highest grossing films.
Karan Kapoor's acting career never took off. In a span of ten years - (1978 to 1988), the star kid starred in merely five films, none of which gave him recognition. However, he was quite a rage for his looks.
Karan Kapoor's last film in a lead role was Afsar in 1988. The film ran into major financial problems with the director finally walking out and did not receive a proper release.
Well, following multiple debacles, eventually Karan Kapoor quit the film industry.
In picture: Karan Kapoor pictured with late father Shashi Kapoor at a party
Karan Kapoor in a still from the popular commercial for Bombay Dyeing which he modelled for.
Karan Kapoor harboured an interest in photography since his childhood and developed it as a hobby during his tenure as a model-actor. He became a photographer fulltime after retiring from the screen. He won an award in the in the People/Lifestyle category for his photograph titled 'The Old Couple' at the International Photography Awards 2009.
Karan Kapoor pictured here with niece Shaira Laura Kapoor (brother Kunal's daughter) is currently living in Chelsea, London with his wife Lorna, daughter Aliya and son Zach.
Karan Kapoor returned to the public eye after nearly 25 years with a series of photography exhibitions in Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Jaipur throughout 2017.
Karan Kapoor with family at a get together. Also pictured are Karisma Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Rima Jain, Aadar Jain, Manoj Jain, Shashi Kapoor, Krishna Raj Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Neela Devi Gohil, Randhir Kapoor, Babita, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, Samara Sahni, Shaira Laura Kapoor, Zahan Kapoor and Armaan Jain.
Karan Kapoor with Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan at the Pataudi Palace during Taimur Ali Khan's birthday celebrations last December.
Karan Kapoor captured this priceless photograph of Taimur Ali Khan with parents Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan on the occasion of the tot's first birthday in 2017.
Here's wishing Karan Kapoor a very happy birthday!
Sashi Kapoor's son Karan Kapoor who is famous for appearing in films such as 'Sultanat' and 'Loha' along with the popular commercials for Bombay Dyeing is a successful photographer now. On his birthday, we look at his journey in pictures
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