SHEKHAR KAPUR made his directorial debut with the film
MASOOM (THE INNOCENT) in 1985. The success of MASOOM quickly established
him as one the leading directors in Hindi cinema. Four years later,
he directed the fantasy MR. INDIA, which was a huge hit in India,
and which has since become a cult classic. Both MASOOM and MR.
INDIA were winners of major awards in India.
In 1994, Kapur's controversial film BANDIT QUEEN received international
acclaim when it was presented in the Directors Fortnight of the
Cannes Film Festival. Kapur attracted massive media attention
with the film and, despite an initial ban by the Indian government,
BANDIT QUEEN went on to be released in several countries. BANDIT
QUEEN was selected by Time Magazine as one of the Ten Best Films
of the Year.
Kapur grew up in India, moving to England in 1970. Although he
intended to become a chartered accountant, he soon developed an
interest in photography and film. He took small acting parts in
a number of films; and, later, took the lead in four major movies
before moving behind the camera as a director. He also served
as a talk-show host on the Channel 4 series ON THE OTHER HAND;
and produced a number of television commercials.
His next directorial project is LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, the film
biography of Nelson Mandela. Screenwriter William Nicholson has
adapted Mandela's 1994 autobiography of the same name, and Anant
Singh is producing. The film is scheduled for release in the fall
Kapur is also planning to direct DARK GRACE, for Intermedia Films
and Mirage Enterprises.
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