Ram Kapoor is an Indian Television actor. Ram Kapoor was born on 1st September, 1973. He is noted particularly for his portrayal of Jai Walia in the Television series Kasamh Se and also for his character of Ram Kapoor in the very popular daily, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain. Ram Kapoor rose to prominence as the host of ‘Rakhi Ka Swayamvar’. Ram Kapoor is the only actor to win the Indian Telly Awards for Best Actor consecutively for three years (in 2006, 2007 and 2008). Ram has received numerous awards, recognition and acclaim for his work in the Television industry. He has acted in five Hindi movies in supporting cast roles.
Ram Kapoor – Early Life
Ram Kapoor was born into an affluent Punjabi family of Ranjan Kapoor, an advertising and marketing executive, and Rita Kapoor a home maker in New Delhi, India. He grew up in Mumbai, India, where his family moved soon after his birth.
After spending his elementary school years in Scottish High School, Mumbai, a respected private school, Ram spent his formative years at Sherwood College, a well known boarding school in Nainital, where he excelled in sports and was part of swimming, volley ball and tennis teams. It was at Sherwood College that Ram not only changed into the prankster that he is today, but was introduced to acting quite by accident, when as a challenge and an order from his head captain, Tarun Deo he auditioned for the annual school theatrical production of Charley’s Aunt and performed the lead role. It was under the direction and tutelage of Amir Raza Hussein that Ram Kapoor found his career path when he realized he loved acting. Ram Kapoor attended Kodaikanal International School for two years after class ten.
Following his graduation from school, Ram Kapoor decided to join the entertainment industry and left for Los Angeles, USA with the intention of joining UCLA to study film making. But it was his love for acting that compelled him to join the Stanislavski Method Acting Academy in Los Angeles, USA, from where Ram Kapoor successfully graduated. Ram’s mother was his biggest support, but his father doubted his commitment and wanted Ram to join the corporate world. To prove to his father he was committed to acting, Ram attended the Stanislovsky School of Method Acting for six months. To support himself Ram Kapoor did odd jobs which included selling cars, credit cards, cable subscriptions and working at Starbucks. After graduating from the acting academy, Ram Kapoor returned home to India.
Ram Kapoor – Foray into the Television industry
Ram Kapoor made his Televison debut with a critically acclaimed television serial called Nyay in 1997. Though the show did not gain popular recognition, Ram Kapoor’s work was appreciated and he had many offers pouring in. After that Ram Kapoor took up three more shows Heena (1998), Sangharsh (1999) and Kavita (2000).
In Kavita. Ram played Rishi Grover opposite Smriti Irani. This was his first association with Balaji Telefilms. In 2000, Ram Kapoor once again teamed up with Balaji Telefilms to act in Ghar Ek Mandir. The show garnered a lot of popularity. He also worked with Amir Raza Hussein once again when he became a part of the largest theatrical show in India, compromising of 140 actors. The show ran for 10 days in New Delhi as a tribute to the heroes of the Kargil War. Ram played five different characters with aplomb, the show was called The Fifty Days of War-Kargil. This was his first and only theater experience.
In 2001, Ram Kapoor was seen in Rishtey and Kabhi Aaye Na Judaai. This also marked his Bollywood debut in a small role in the film Monsoon Wedding where he performed on the song “Chunari chunari”. In 2002, he played a lawyer named Jai Singh in the serial Kehta Hai Dil. In the year 2003 he appeared in Dhadkan, a medical drama in which he portrayed Dr. Rajeev Agarwal, the head psychiatrist. Ram was also seen in Awaaz Dil Se Dil Tak. On the big screen, Ram was seen in the critically acclaimed Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, a sociopolitical drama where Ram Kapoor portrayed Arun Mehta a man who faces emotional turmoil in the different stages of his life.
After Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Ram Kapoor did Bali (2004), a telefilm in which he played Prithvi Singh. In 2004, he was seen in Mansha, where he played Vinay, the husband of the lead character. In 2005, Ram Kapoor was seen in three Hindi movies, Devaki, Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow and Missed Call. All the three movies underwent major financial failures practically ending his film career.
2006 was the breakthrough year for Ram Kapoor, when he paired up once again with Balaji Telefilms for the Zee TV serial Kasamh Se, a love story in which Ram essayed the role of Jai Walia, a rich, suave, sophisticated, ruthless and arrogant business tycoon. For this role he received numerous awards, along with critical acclaim and popular recognition.
In 2007, Ram Kapoor joined Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as Jas Thakral. In 2009, he starred in the show Basera, a show that deals with the issues facing the elder population of India. 2009 also saw him in two reality shows, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa as a participant and Rakhi Ka Swayamwar as a host.
Besides Basera, Ram Kapoor appeared in minor roles in two films in 2010. The first was Karthik Calling Karthik where he played the role of Kamath. The second, Udaan, was a parallel cinema by the award-winning director Anurag Kashyap, in which Ram Kapoor was seen as Jimmy Singh. Also Ram hosted the hit television reality show Rahul Dulhaniya Lejayega. Later in the year Ram advertised for ‘Save Fuel and Money’ advertisement.
Currently, Ram Kapoor plays the lead role of Ram Kapoor in the popular and award winning Televison drama Bade Acche Lagte Hai opposite Sakshi Tanwar.
Ram Kapoor – Personal Life
After being tagged as a Casanova and playboy, Ram Kapoor met his co-star from Ghar Ek Mandir, Gautami Gadgil. After becoming best friends the couple dated and married on 14th February, 2003. They have two children, a daughter named Sia Kapoor and a son named Aks Kapoor.
Ram Kapoor – Awards and Nominations
Indian Telly Awards
2006 – Best actor popular category for Kasamh Se
2006 – Best couple of television with Prachi Desai for Kasamh Se
2007 – Best actor popular category for Kasamh Se
2008 – Best actor popular category for Kasamh Se- Nominated
Sansui Telly Awards
2007 – Best Actor critic’s choice for Kasamh Se
2008 – Best actor popular category for Kasamh Se
HHITAA (Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards)
2006 – Best actor critic’s choice for Kasamh Se
2008 – Best actor critic’s choice for Kasamh Se
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