Adorable tapori of Ram Lakhan, intense rebel of Tezaab, mature undying love of Lamhe’s Kunwarji, Anil Kapoor’s repertoire boasts a wide gambit of performances. Anil has created an enviably versatile image with the choice of his roles. For this reason, even at the age of forty he can give the young stars a run for their money. Few years back Anil has won laurels for his sensitive performance in a supporting role in Taal and stirred the audience with his portrayal of the emotional and all too human side of a soldier in Pukar.
As he stated in his Filmfare awards acceptance speech, "It is not the length of the role that counts but the content in it" and Anil has rightly proved it. Anil Kapoor began his career from the bottom of the ladder with small roles in films like Hamare Tumhare (1979) and Ek Baar Phir (1981). He went on to lead roles in Kannada and Telugu films including M.S.Sathyu’s Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaye and Mani Ratnam’s debut film Pallavi-Annupallavi. Anil Kapoor’s unusual debut into Hindi films in Woh Saat Din as the small town musician, Prem Pratap Patialawala, and his experiences in Bombay milieu won the hearts of the audience. Anil Kapoor’s intense performances in Meri Jung and Karma were well received. But he gave a new dimension to the action hero image popular at the time with Mr.India (1987). He exhibited a soulful playfulness and in an attire resemblance to Raj Kapoor of the fifties. The intensity of tarhipaar Munna in Tezaab (1988) took the audience by storm.
Anil’s career peaked in the eighties when he and Subhash Ghai teamed up again in Ram Lakhan (1989). And he received critical acclaim for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s commercial debut Parinda.But even at the height of his career Anil showed the courage to attempt a role of a mentally handicapped person in Eeshwar (1989) and came up with a creditable performance. Where peers fear to tread Anil Kapoor seems to dive in, to emerge successful or drown in failure. Anil Kapoor has always shown a willingness to explore new roles to exercise his talent. In Yash Chopra’s Lamhe (1991) he plays a double role. He falls in love with an older woman in his youth and as a mature adult grapples with ethical and emotional turmoil, in love with her daughter. In 1942- A Love Story, Anil Kapoor experimented with a period drama showcasing the idealism of the independence struggle. In Beta (1994), he paired successfully with Madhuri Dixit again.
His next successes came with Virasat (1997) for which he won theFilmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, Biwi No.1 (1999), Taal (1999) for which he won his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Pukar (2000) for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor, No Entry (2005), and Welcome (2007). Having done so, Kapoor has thus established himself as one of the most successful actors of Hindi cinema.
Anil Kapoor's first role in an international film was in Danny Boyle's (2008) Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. His performance in the eighth season of the action series 24 generated rave reviews from the American press. He has also appeared, along with Tom Cruise, in the 2011 film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
Of late, he has been seen playing supporting roles in films such as Tezz, No Problem and Race 2. He was last seen in Shootout At Wadala. He is also working on the Indian adaptation of the popular television series 24.