From the stylish detective in KARAMCHAND on Doordarshan to the helpless common man taxed with corruption in the comedy serial OFFICE OFFICE on Sab TV, Pankaj Kapoor proved his credentials as a competent actor. Further, with a wide range of roles in movies like EK DOCTOR KI MAUT, RAAKH, MAQBOOL, and THE BLUE UMBRELLA he has established himself as an actor par excellence. Pankaj Kapoor turns 60 today. Glamsham.Com wishes him good health and reveals what made this engineering graduate to desert his lucrative profession and plunge into the uncertain profession of acting.
Readers would be stunned to know that Pankaj Kapoor is a qualified engineer that too with a first class degree from Delhi! He completed his engineering in 1973, when superstar Rajesh Khannna was ruling every heart, particularly the youth. In an interview Pankaj Kapoor confessed,”I was a diehard fan of Rajesh Khanna and dreamt of becoming a star one day”
He added,”My father was a College principal and knew the importance of education. Hence despite my passion for acting he asked me to first complete my engineering. After completing my studies my father gave me permission to join National School of Drama”
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Pankaj Kapoor joined National School of Drama in 1976 and won the Best Actor Award in his batch. This was a great boost as it gave him confidence to move ahead. Ebrahim Alkazi, the Director of National School of Drama, New Delhi (1962-1977) exposed Pankaj Kapoor to world theatre and world cinema. He was so overwhelmed by their impact that the bug of becoming Rajesh Khanna and his passion for commercial cinema took a back seat. Instead he became passionate about theatre. In fact his obsession for theater had intensified to such an extent that when his father offered him to buy one apartment in Mumbai he declined exclaiming ‘Who wants to pursue cinema!’
Later compelled by dearth of money in theatre he joined TV and cinema, purely for the sake of survival.