Interview With Shekhar Kapur| 10mins
Director: Culture Unplugged | Producer: Culture Unplugged
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: United States
One of the few Bollywood directors to make a career in the U.S., Shekhar Kapur has proved his film-making worth in both countries. Leaving his homeland to study business in Great Britain, Kapur soon grew bored with his accounting job and moved back to India. He found a place for himself as a director with his film debut, the coming-of-age story "Masoom" (1983). He was met with both international attention and controversy after the release of "Bandit Queen" (1994), his biographical portrait of lower-caste Indian outlaw Phoolan Devi. Shekar Kapur began working in Hollywood to make the historical biography "Elizabeth", with Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I, in 1998. Nominated for the Best Picture Academy award, it also gained him more attention among Indian censors. In 2006, Kapur formed Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation an entertainment company focused on creating new stories and characters for a global audience. The company was founded with Richard Branson and his Virgin Group, author Deepak Chopra and entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Suresh Seetharaman and Gotham Chopra. Kapur provided the voice of Mahatma Gandhi in the Charkha Audio books title of "The Story of My Experiments with Truth - Autobiography of M.K. Gandhi", alongside Nandita Das as narrator.