Filmmaker Shekar Kapur is 76 years old today. Shekar, the nephew of veteran Hindi film actor Dev Anand, has emerged as one of the most famous filmmakers in the Indian film industry. However, Shekar discouraged his father from entering the film industry, worked as an accountant and consultant for many years, and finally listened to his call and entered the film world as a storyteller. Shekal worked as an actor and producer, but his direction is widely known. On his birthday, we’ll be watching some of the notable movies he directed.
Masoom (Hindi, 1983)
Shekhar made her directorial debut at Masoom in 1983. Based on Erich Segal’s popular novel “Man, Woman and Child,” the film tells the story of a married man who was influenced by past incidents. The film starred Nazirite Ladinshire, Shabana Azumi, and Spryapatak. Actors Jugal Hansraj and Ulmira Mutondokar also appeared in the film as children’s artists.
Mr. India (Hindi, 1987)
Shekhar is also known for directing India’s first superhero film. India starred Anil Kapoor as the star of his name and Slidevi as the female leader. The film shows how the righteous Mr. India, empowered by the “secret device” invented by his father, fights evil. The superhero film also gave Indian films one of its iconic villains played by Amrish Puri, Mogambo. Mr India has emerged as a runaway hit with box office revenue.
Queen Thieves (Hindi, 1994)
The intense drama starring Seema Biswas tells the life of former activist and politician Phoolan Devi. The film tells the socio-cultural story of the Indian countryside, where the caste system takes a brutal form. The film was praised for portraying the story of Phulang and established Kapoor as an acclaimed filmmaker.
The film featured riveted performances from supportive casts including Nihimal Panday, Saurabh Shukla, Manoj Bajpay and Gajiraj Lao. The Thieves Queen was selected as India’s official entry into Oscar in 1995, but it did not win the nomination.
Elizabeth (English, 1998)
The acclaimed film, starring Cate Blanchett, proved to be a game changer for Australian actors. The film traces the first years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign and highlights the struggles faced by the British monarchs. Kapoor also directed Elizabeth.
Golden Age, a sequel to the classic released in 2007. Kate was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in the film.
New York, I Love You (2008)
A collection of 11 short stories set in New York, this romantic comedy anthology boasts a wonderful ensemble. One of the segments of this anthology is directed by Shekhar Kapur, who focuses on the characters Isabel, Bellhop and Jacob, played by Julie Christie, John Hurt and Shia LaBeouf, respectively. Other directors of this anthology include Milanea, Brett Ratner and Natalie Portman.
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When Shekhar Kapur turns 76, she will watch the filmmaker’s all-time classic.
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