Shekhar Kapur was elected president of the Film and Television Institute of India in 2020. Shekhar Kapur was born in Lahore, Punjab, British India, on December 6, 1945.
Elizabeth (1998), Bandit Queen (1994), and Elizabeth: The Golden Age are among his films as a director and actress (2007). Suchitra Krishnamoorthi was his previous wife. Kapur rose to prominence in Bollywood thanks to his recurrent part in the TV series Khandan in the mid-1980s and his directorial debut in the iconic Bollywood film Masoom in 1983, which earned the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie that year. Mr. India, a science fiction picture, was his first major success (1987).
With the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen, based on Mala Sen’s biography of iconic Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, he achieved international acclaim. It was presented at the Edinburgh Film Festival and premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.
His historical biopics on Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), have received critical praise internationally, with the former winning the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film and both receiving an Academy Award nomination. Kapur has also won three Filmfare Awards, as well as a National Board of Review Award and an Indian National Film Award.
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