Happy Birthday Anil Kapoor! 58 Years Young!

Wait, did you think in all the preparation for Salman I would have forgotten him?  Never!  Oh, and also Christmas.  But even Jesus’ birthday can’t distract me from celebrating Anil!  58 today, and I am doing 25 reasons I love him, for the age he was when he got married. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

1.1. I love you for coming from a film family who is and is not connected.  Distantly related to the Kapoor-Kapoors, not enough to get a big launch, but enough to get your father a job as a secretary to Geeta Bali (Shammi’s wife).

2. I love you because, thanks to that distant connection, you made your film debut at age 13 in an unreleased Shashi Kapoor film.

3. I love you because you bounced around the film industries of India for 5 years before finally making it big, including a Kannada film with Mani Ratnam and a Hindi film opposite Naseeruddin Shah.

4. I love you because your big break out film was directed by Yash Chopra, just like Amitabh and Deewar, and Shahrukh and Darr.

5. I love you because your break out role, as a “Tapoori”, started a new trend towards the unshaven look and slang talk in Hindi film.

6. Let’s take a look at that break out film!

7. You finally broke out of the Tapori mold with Mr. India!  Which is also probably the most important film you have ever been in.  At least until Mr. India 2 comes out (please please please please please!)

8. And then you ended the 80s on a high note with Parinda (this song is SO BEAUTIFUL.  As is Madhuri in it, needless to say).

9. Tezaab, which finally let Madhuri hit it big after her soft launch.

10.  And finally Ram-Lakhan, which introduced your trademark song!

11. As important as your film successes in the 80s, your marriage!  You got married back in 1984, to a costume designer (must be where Sonam gets her fashion sense).  Which means you got married before you hit it big, but after you knew you wanted to be an actor.  Gutsy!

12.  Also in the 80s, fatherhood!  Sonam came first in 1985, then Rhea in 1987, and finally Harshvardhan in 1990.

13. And the 90s started off with Lamhe, in which I love you for taking the biggest risk of your career; No mustache!

14.  I also love you for generally doing a really good job with Lamhe, even though it was an incredibly risky plot.

15.  And I love you for regularly working with your producer brother Boney, building a modest little “other Kapoor” dynasty of your own.

16.  Speaking of Boney, let’s look at his biggest flop, Roop Ki Rani Charon Ki Raja.

17.  But it wasn’t all bad, Loafer was a hit!

18. And then there was Judaai where you had the enviable role of the man torn between Urmila Matondkar and Sridevi.

19.  You really kind of specialized in songs with sexy ladies dancing at you.  Like this one, one of my all time favorites from Rishtey, in which your reaction shots really make the song.

20.  Or with Preity in this one from Armaan.

21. I love you because of how timeless you are, lasting from the 80s through the 90s with hardly a change in your onscreen persona.

22.  I love you for how classily you handled your place as India’s first crossover star.  Enjoying your time overseas, but never putting it ahead of your position at home.  And looking at it from a producer perspective, not just actor, buying the rights to the 24 TV show.

23.  I love you for how you have slowly started to move from movie star to other ventures, starring in your own hit TV show, producing more and more films, and helping in the launch of your children.

24. I love how supportive you are of your children, especially your daughters, taking pleasure in their business success.

25.  And finally, I love you because, when asked about some filmi divorce (I can’t remember which one), your response was “I’m VERY optimistic!”  Which has become my catch all cheer up phrase any time I feel down, just picture your big smiling face and your big happy voice saying “I’m VERY optimistic!”

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8 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Anil Kapoor! 58 Years Young!

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    Anil Kapoor seems to be one of the Indian stars that Hollywood turns to for certain roles. Why? And why him? Did he do something to position himself or did Hollywood reach out to him?

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    • It’s his face. He has the most distinctly Indian/subcontinental looking face without any of the negative associations that the west has of the people originating from here. He’s the perfect, modern, suit wearing, mustached, south Asian man with no cultural/colonial/religious hangups

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    • I know originally with Slumdog, they wanted Amitabh for that role, but they did not approach him correctly, so they were looking for anyone else. And I guess Anil Kapoor was adventurous enough to try a Hollywood movie, and humble enough not to mind the small role with a bunch of people who didn’t know who he is.

      It also seems like, to me, that he was at the right level of fame in Indian film. Like, it really would be ridiculous for Amitabh or any of the Khans to go to Hollywood, unless they were offered a movie built around them. But Anil Kapoor was already doing sort of smaller supporting roles in some Hindi movies, it wasn’t a big leap for him to do they same kind of thing in Hollywood films.

      On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 9:57 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. I didn’t realize exactly how much I admire Anil Kasoor till I saw this interview for MI4 I guess, where he says that after Slumdog, he came to Hollywood “to struggle” (and landed MI4)

    I just love, love, love that he used thar phrase. I haven’t heard anyone use that phrase in ages. It speaks volumes about his humility as an actor and his respect for the “struggling” phase that used to be a part of Bollywood actors’ lives in the 80s and 90s. If you were a nobody, you “struggled” which was basically asking for meetings with directors, producers and writers day in and day out and being ready to audition at a moment’s notice! I remember him acting out an “audition” for an interview as a part of an anecdote and I thought “what self righteous and pompous our new generation of actors are! They would never do THAT!”

    He has very studied “audition bits” that he’s used in interviews a lot. I just love those. He goes from reciting an anecdote to “action” in a moment and he’s very super serious when he does that!!

    I also just love that his comedies weren’t undignified and his was an absolute gem in Dil Dhadkane Do. He’s doing what SRK, Amir and Salman are afraid to do– play his own age and have the leading actress half his age play his daughter without giving up on the “sexiness” of his own role!!

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    • I loved him in Dil Dhadakne Do! Similarly to Kabhi Kabhi, it was a movie where I was thinking “forget the stupid young people romances! go back to the interesting aunties and uncles!” I was way way more invested in him and Shefali than in Ranveer or Priyanka.

      On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 10:37 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. Anil is one of the great stars of whom I have still to watch his movies as a leading man (he was either in a supporting role or in an ensemble cast).
    Wikipedia tells me that he is 61 now but his appearance is truly younger than that 🙂
    Did Danny Boyle really approach Amitji?…I thought, he tried to cast ShahRukh who was doing the KBC host at this time (and I was relieved when he declined because I had the role like written in the book in my mind)…I liked the performances but I disliked the movie, btw.

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    • What I heard was that Danny Boyle had “his people” contact Amitji. Which no doubt is why he was turned down. You don’t send “people” to talk to Amitabh, you go yourself, hat in hand, and ask with full respect for him to be in your movie! Which is what Baz Luhrman did for The Great Gatsby, he went to Amitabh’s house with a friend who wanted to paint Amitabh’s portrait, talked to him about the movie and the role in his living room, and then Amitabh fly to Australia to do it basically for free, plus attended the premiere. I just find it an interesting case study for why, exactly, Amitabh and the other biggies may not be interested in working in Hollywood, for people who have no idea who they are. It’s not like they want more money or a fancy vanity van or something, it’s just basic respect for who they are and what they have accomplished. I wouldn’t be surprised if they approached SRK too, and didn’t get a call back for the same reasons. It’s not like he is going to throw over his massively complicated filming schedule for some last minute western arty film made by a guy who isn’t courteous enough to ask personally.

      Anyway, yes, then they landed on Anil somehow. I suspect because Anil is so modest and aware of his place that, like Asmita says, he is willing to “struggle”. He is fine with having “people” call him instead of the director coming personally and all the rest of it.

      On Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 3:13 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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