Birthday Special: Unknown facts about Anil Kapoor

The handsome actor, Anil Kapoor has turned 58 on 24th December this year. Anil celebrated his birthday in Dubai along with his family and daughter Sonam Kapoor. He has gathered loads of kudos all these years for his commendable roles in a multitude of films, and more recently for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Race 2’ and for his stunning avatar in the TV series ‘24’. There are several facts about him that make us take a peek into his fun filled life.

Anil and his family were not financially well off when they first came to Mumbai, forcing them to dwell in Raj Kapoor’s garage! Many would be shocked to know that there was a time when the brilliant actor was denied admission into a film institute. He failed his very first written examination and was therefore unable to join Pune Film Institute.

Though he has earned fabulous popularity in Hindi filmdom, he got his first lead role in Telugu movie ‘Vamsa Vruksham’ in 1980, which was a hit in South India as it bagged two Filmfare Awards. He then went on to entertain the audience when he was granted another lead role in a 1983 Kannada film, ‘Pallavi Anupallavi’ in which he played a lover, and the film received  Karnataka State Film Award.

He began his journey of success in Hindi filmdom with Yash Chopra’s ‘Mashaal’ in 1984. Anil Kapoor’s role was first offered to Kamal Haasan who declined the offer. Anil then delivered an awesome performance working alongside Dilip Kumar in the movie, and won Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award. His next golden venture was the fantasy film ‘Mr. India’ that received incredible popularity and fame. The film made it to ‘Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films’ suggested by Indiatimes Movies. The flick entertained the audience with Sridevi’s classic moves in the song ‘Miss Hawa Hawaii’ and was a block buster- thanks to Anil Kapoor’s wonderful acting that earned him the nickname of ‘Mr. India’.

The 1985 release ‘Yudh’ featured him in a double role and gave him the opportunity to work with big names like Hema Malini and Shatrughan Sinha. This action thriller increased Anil’s fame significantly and his fans loved his dialog “Ek Dum Jhakaas” that earned him his second nickname of ‘Jhakaas’ actor!

He has established his image as a comedian and also as an actor who plays serious roles very well. But his talent and his versatility as an actor were proven when he played an autistic man in the 1989 film ‘Eeshwar’. Few people know that Anil has a knack for singing too; he lent his voice to the title song of his own movie ‘Chameli Ki Shaadi’.