He is the recipient of five Filmfare Awards, and is a leading actor of contemporary Hindi cinema. He is the grandson of actor-director Raj Kapoor. He completed his pre-university education in Mumbai, after which he moved to New York City to pursue film-making and method acting at the School of Visual Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, respectively. He began his career in Bollywood as an assistant director on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film. His first acting role was as the protagonist of Bhansali’s 2007 tragic romance Saawariya, a box office flop for which he was awarded his first Filmfare Award—Best Male Debut. He achieved commercial success with his next release—the 2008 romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno. During the film’s production schedule he began a romantic relationship with co-star Deepika Padukone; the highly publicised relationship ended the following year. In 2010 he was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performances in three films of 2009—the coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid, the comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and the drama Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year.
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