Anil Kapoor (born 24 December 1956) is an Indian film actor and producer. He first won acclaim for his roles in Yash Chopra's drama ''Mashaal'' (1984) and Shekhar Kapur's sci-fi ''Mr. India'' (1987), and won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in the former. And No, that is not how you pronounce his name.

After a series of successful films, Kapoor earned his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in N. Chandra's ''Tezaab'' in 1988, and later for Indra Kumar's ''Beta'' in 1992. Since then, he has starred in a number of critical and commercial successes, including ''Virasat'' (1997), for which he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance; ''Biwi No.1'' (1999); ''Film/{{Taal}}'' (1999), for which he won his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award; ''Bollywood/{{Pukar}}'' (2000), for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor; and ''No Entry'' (2005). Kapoor has thus established himself as one of the most prominent actors of Bollywood.

Kapoor's first role in an international film was as the [[SmugSnake a-hole host]] of ''Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'', Prem Kumar in Creator/DannyBoyle's Academy Award-winning ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' (2008), for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

In 2009, it was announced that Kapoor would star in the eighth season of the award-winning action series ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''. He played President Omar Hussan, a reforming President of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan. His next notable Hollywood role was in ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''.

While most Bollywood actors chose to shave, he kept his [[BadassMustache iconic]] [[PornStache moustache]] for years.

During his time on ''24'', he asked himself, "why not make this in India?", and will be executive producing and starring in the [[TwentyFourIndia Indian remake of the show]], scheduled for October 2013, as [[strike:Jack Bauer]] Jai Singh Rathod.