Actor, producer and a winner of many awards, including the National Film Award and Filmfare Award, Anil Kapoor turns 64 today! He’s made a significant place in Bollywood with iconic roles like Lakhan, Majnu and Mr India. After his debut in the 1980 Telugu movie, Vamsa Vruksham, Anil Kapoor has ruled the silver screen and continues to do so. As you wait for his latest AK vs AK with Anurag Kashyap to release on Netflix today, let’s take a look at the past, and his five most iconic roles!
Ram Lakhan (1989):
A masala Bollywood movie that was brimming with flavour, Anil Kapoor nailed his role as the iconic Lakhan. When Anil Kapoor said, “Ae ji, o ji, lo ji, suno ji,” how could we not listen to him? From the wit, the one-liners, the brotherhood with Jackie Shroff, to his acting, Anil Kapoor made himself irreplaceable in the movie.
Dil Dhadakne Do (2015):
We all know fathers and husbands like Kamal Mehra, who will hide their stress from their loved ones, not know how to tell their family they love them, but when the time comes, they will be there. Anil Kapoor’s portrayal of such a man won hearts. With Zoya Akhtar’s direction and Anil Kapoor’s incomparable acting, no wonder Dil Dhadakne Do was a hit.
The world needs more Majnus who will never leave their brother’s side and have impeccable taste and talent in art. Welcome was a laugh riot through and through, only made more unforgettable through Anil Kapoor’s chemistry with Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar. Anil Kapoor’s Majnu is a cult favourite whose art and iconic one-liners like, “Bolne de.. takleef hua hai bechare ko” had everyone want a brother and friend like him.
The movie that gave birth to Anil Kapoor’s iconic Jhakaas! Anil Kapoor’s double role as Avinash and Junior, on both the sides of the law was a hypnotizing watch. With his quintessential delivery of the Jhakaas dialogues, fight scenes and chemistry with Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor makes Yudh a must-watch, even now.
In the 2001 movie starring Paresh Rawal, Amrish Puri, Rani Mukherjee, Anil Kapoor truly was The Real Hero. The movie saw Anil Kapoor in a more serious light, a light in which he absolutely shined in. Portraying the people’s hero, and the voice of the common man, Anil Kapoor made Nayak: The Real Hero, a cult classic among the masses, and a fan favourite, even in recent times.
Filmfare Middle East wishes Anil Kapoor a very happy birthday!
(Contributed by Sakshi Prabhu)