Shekhar Kapur

From Chartered Accountant to Filmmaker

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Shekhar Kulbhushan Kapur is an Indian filmmaker and actor. a National Board of Review Award, in addition to a nomination for a Golden Globe Award.

At 22, he became a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in England, having studied accountancy at the behest of his parents.

He then started his career working with a multinational oil company. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1970 and spent several years working as an accountant.

He then made his directorial debut with cult classic Masoom in 1983, before gaining widespread acclaim with Mr. India in 1987.

He then gained international recognition and acclaim in 1994 with the biographical film Bandit Queen, based on the infamous Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi.

He established an Indian film company with Ram Gopal Verma and Mani Ratnam, though the group has thus far produced only one film, Dil Se.. (1998)

In 2020, Kapur became the president of the Film and Television Institute of India. In 2023, Kapur served as the chairperson of the International competition.