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Sanjana Kapoor

Sanjana Kapoor
Kapoor in 2010
Nationality Indian
Occupation actor, theatre personality
Spouse(s) Valmik Thapar
Relatives Kapoor Family

Sanjna Kapoor (born 1967)[1] is an Indian theatre personality and former Indian film actress of British and Indian descent. She is the daughter of Shashi Kapoor and late Jennifer Kendal. She ran Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai from 1993[2] to February 2012.[3]


Sanjana Kapoor was born in the famous Kapoor family. Her paternal grandfather was Prithviraj Kapoor and her paternal uncles are Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. Her brothers Kunal Kapoor and Karan Kapoor have also acted in some films but like her they were not very successful. Her maternal grandparents, Geoffrey Kendal and Laura Kendal, were actors who toured India and Asia with their theatre group, Shakespeareana, performing Shakespeare and Shaw. The Merchant Ivory film, Shakespeare Wallah, was loosely based on the family, which starred her father and her aunt, actress Felicity Kendal. Sanjna attended the prestigious Bombay International School in Mumbai. She had a love for acting and frequented the Prithvi Theatre in Juhu.

Even though she was the first woman in the Kapoor family to act, her career was not successful. She made her acting debut in the 1981 film 36 Chowringhee Lane which was produced by her father and starred her mother Jennifer Kendal in the lead. She played the younger version of the character her mother played. She later appeared in Utsav (1984), also produced by her father and played her first leading role in a Bollywood film titled Hero Hiralal (1988) which was however unsuccessful at the box office.

She then appeared in Mira Nair's critically acclaimed film Salaam Bombay in 1988 but has since quit acting in films, shifting her focus to theatre in the 1990s.In 1991,Sanjna did the role of the Japanese wife in the [4] theatre Production of Akira Kurosawa's immortalised film "Rashomon" based on the Broadway play by Fay and Michael Kanin.She also acted in A.K. Bir's Aranyaka (1994). She manages the Prithvi Theatre in Juhu, Mumbai and runs theatre workshops for children.[5] She also hosted the Amul India Show on television for three and a half years.

In 2011, she announced her decision to leave Prithvi Theatre, and launch her own theatre company, Junoon in 2012, which would work with travelling groups staging plays at smaller venues across India.[3]

Personal life

She is married to famous tiger conservationist, Valmik Thapar and the couple have a son, Hamir. She was earlier married to Aditya Bhattacharya, son of filmmaker Basu Bhattacharya and Rinki Bhattacharya who is daughter of noted filmmaker Bimal Roy and herself a columnist and documentary filmmaker. She lives in Delhi and divides time between her work in Mumbai and home.She is not involved in the mainstream Bollywood like her cousins.[3]


  1. ^ Sanjna Kapoor Times of India, 11 December 2002.
  2. ^ High drama in Prithvi Theatre The Hindu, 18 December 2005.
  3. ^ a b c "Theatre: A second act of passion". Mint (newspaper). Nov 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Nandu Bhende
  5. ^ Sanjna’s passion The Tribune, 6 August 2000.
  • The Moving Stage Indian Express

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