Born on 28 September 1982, Ranbir Kapoor is an Indian actor known for his work in Hindi-language films. He is the son of actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh and the grandson of actor-director Raj Kapoor. The actor Randhir Kapoor is his uncle, and his daughters, actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, are his first cousins.
Kapoor pursued filmmaking and method acting at the School of Visual Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He is among the highest-paid actors in Hindi cinema and has been featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list since 2012.
He assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the film Black (2005) and made his acting debut with Bhansali’s tragic romance Saawariya (2007), a critical and commercial failure. Kapoor rose to prominence with the coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid, the romantic comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (both 2009), and the political drama Raajneeti (2010).
Kapoor’s performances as a troubled musician in Rockstar (2011) and a cheerful deaf-and-mute man in Barfi! (2012) earned him two consecutive Filmfare Awards for Best Actor. A leading role opposite Deepika Padukone in the romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) further established him as a star. This was followed by a series of commercial failures, with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) and Sanju (2018) being the exceptions. The latter emerged as his highest-grossing release, and his portrayal of Sanjay Dutt in it won him another Filmfare Award. Following a hiatus, he starred in the top-grossing fantasy film Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva (2022).
In addition to acting, Kapoor is a football enthusiast and supports charities and organizations. He is the vice-captain of the All Stars Football Club, a celebrity football club that raises money for charity.
Kapoor has frequently featured in Rediff.com’s annual listing of “Bollywood’s Best Actors”; he was one of the recipients of the “People of the Year” award by the Limca Book of Records. In 2010, he was voted the “Sexiest Asian Man” in an Eastern Eye poll. Kapoor continued to feature among the top ten from 2011 to 2014. He is also a celebrity endorser for various brands and services, including Pepsi, Panasonic, Renault India, Lenovo, and the Spanish football club FC Barcelona.
Ranbir Kapoor has been the recipient of six Filmfare Awards: Best Male Debut for Saawariya (2007), Critics Award for Best Actor for Wake Up Sid (2009), Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009) (jointly for the three films), and Rockstar (2011), and Best Actor awards for Rockstar, Barfi! (2012), and Sanju (2018).
One of the most popular songs “ILAHI” from Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani: