Aditya Roy Kapur is an Indian film actor and former VJ for Channel V. He is the younger brother of Siddharth Roy Kapur and Kunaal Roy Kapur. Active in Bollywood, Aditya made his Hindi film debut with Vipul Shah’s London Dreams (2009), and later gained visibility for his roles in the 2010 films Action Replayy and Guzaarish.
He rose to fame in 2013 with Mohit Suri’s directorial Aashiqui 2, which became a box office blockbuster. Kapur went on to star in a supporting role in another blockbuster Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, which released the following month.
Aditya Roy Kapur was born in Mumbai to a Punjabi father and a Jewish mother, Salome Roy Kapur nee Aaron, Miss India 1972 (Eve’s Weekly) who did modelling, acted in a film, Tu Hi Meri Zindagi (1965) with Deb Mukherjee, before becoming a film choreographer, known for choreographing the song, “Main Shaayar Toh Nahin” in Bobby (1973). Aditya did his schooling from G. D. Somani Memorial School, in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, where all his siblings studied and where his mother directs school plays. Subsequently he graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
Currently he lives in Mumbai. Aditya is not a trained actor, though he has taken dance lessons and also diction classes to improve his Hindi accent. According to him he “had no burning ambition to become an actor,” and was content being a VJ, until he was called to audition for London Dreams. During his school years, he wanted to be a cricketer but he quit cricket coaching classes after sixth standard.
His grandfather Raghupat Roy Kapur left his home and the family business of departmental store chain, Midumal Durgadas, aka Roy Bros in Lahore in the 1940s and shifted to Bombay (now Mumbai) to get associated with the film industry. He eventually acquired the pseudonym G Rakesh and produced by his first film, Shahenshah Akbar in 1943, with K.N. Singh as the lead. Soon his wife and children joined him and he went on to produce films like Zanjeer (1947), and even directed films Lekh (1949), with Motilal and Suraiya and Banwra (1950) with Raj Kapoor and Nimmi. His maternal grandparents, Sam and Ruby Aaron were qualified dance teachers, who introduced the Sama dance form to India, and also taught actor Bhagwan for film Albela (1951). Kapoor is the youngest of the three siblings, his eldest brother Siddharth Roy Kapur is the CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, who recently married noted Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, his other elder brother Kunaal Roy Kapur is also an actor, who has acted in films such as Delhi Belly (2011) and Nautanki Saala (2013).
Aditya started his career as a VJ on music channel Channel V, where his comic timing and “unique style of hosting” made him a hit,and then made his debut as an Indian musician in the 2009 musical London Dreams by Vipul Shah, where he co-starred Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan as one of the two brothers, part of Ajay Devgan’s band in the movie, along with another VJ, Rannvijay Singh.
Then starred in the Vipul Shah’s next, a 2010 time-traveling comedy Action Replayy, playing Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai’s adult son who goes back in time to make their marriage a love marriage.He acted again alongside Aishwarya Rai, in Guzaarish (2010) directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, where he played an apprentice magician to Hrithik Roshan’s character.
In 2013, Kapur starred in Aashiqui 2, which was directed by Mohit Suri. The film is the sequel to 1990’s Aashiqui, and in the film, Kapur starred opposite Shraddha Kapoor. Kapur’s portrayal of Rahul Jaykar (RJ), a once-popular alcoholic singer who is intent on making Shraddha’s character, Aarohi, a singing sensation, earned him mostly positive reviews; despite the film receiving a mixed critical reception.The film was also Kapur’s first commercial success, with the film being termed a blockbuster.Kapur’s second and latest release in 2013, is Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, directed by Ayan Mukerji, which saw him alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Kalki Koechlin. The film also became a blockbuster and earned positive to mixed reviews. He will also be seen as the main lead in Gautham Menon’s Assi Nabey Poore Sau, the Hindi version of Menon’s Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu and Neethaane En Ponvasantham; which will see him star opposite Samantha Ruth Prabhu.He has recently signed his first Yash Raj film, Habib Faisal’s untitled next opposite Parineeti Chopra.