Rajit Kapur is a multi-award winning Indian actor recognised for his extensive work in film, television and on stage. He is also an active stage producer and director. His meteoric rise to fame came with the popular television detective show, Byomkesh Bakshi (1992), directed by Basu Chatterjee. Shortly after, his silver screen debut was in The Seventh Horse of the Sun (1992), directed by master Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal, which won Best Feature Film in Hindi at the 1993 National Film Awards. This was followed by Benegal’s Mammo (1994); the Bengali film Charachar (1994) which was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and the Marathi film Limited Manuski. His talents were acknowledged when he starred as Mahatma Gandhi in Shyam Benegal’s The Making of the Mahatma (1996), for which he received the National Award for Best Actor in 1995. Kapur then won the Kerala State Award for Best Actor in 1998 for his Malayalam film debut Agnisakshi . In 2010 he won the Best Actor Award at the Imagine India Film Festival, Spain for Two Paise for Sunshine, Four Annas for Rain (2009). His many film credits include Ghulam (1998), Well Done Abba! (2009), Yeh Mera India (2008), Guzaarish (2010) and Shaitan (2011). Recent releases include Dishkyaoon (2014), Life is Good (2012), Singh Saab the Great (2013), Delhi Eye (2012) and the big budget action comedy Kick (2014). After a 15 year break from television, Kapur was seen on television screens in Shyam Benegal’s magnum opus Samvidhaan – The Making of the Constitution. Kapur has been acting in stage productions for more than 35 years and has directed The Wisest Fool On Earth (one man show), Epilogue, Mahua and most recently, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. He is a co-founder of Rage Productions, which has produced some of the finest English plays in India.
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