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SHEKHAR KAPUR became familiar to American audiences in 1998, when he directed the Academy Award-winning hit "Elizabeth," based on the life of Elizabeth I of England. A veteran of "Bollywood," the Indian film industry, he is one of the first directors from Indian to burst onto the global film scene. He initially won international attention fro his third film, the controversial and critically acclaimed "Bandit Queen," the story of a low-caste woman who becomes a dacoit, or bandit, to avenge a murder. (The film is based on a real woman, Phoolan Devi, who became a member of India's parliament).

Trained originally as a Chartered Accountant (CPA), Kapur worked in Great Britain, then returned to Bombay, India to become an actor. He soon turned to directing as well, beginning as an assistant director under the apprenticeship system of the Indian film industry. His Indian film directing credits include "Masoom" and "Mr. India," followed by "Bandit Queen."

Among the projects Kapur is considering for his next effort is "Long Walk to Freedom," a film about Nelson Mandela in which Morgan Freeman is slated to star.


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