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
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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