Pankaj Kapur made his film debut in 1982 with Shyam Benegal's "Arohan" and Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi".
During the parallel cinema movement of the 1980's, Kapur won critical acclaim for his powerful performances in films such as Mandi, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho, Khandar and Khamosh.
He has won three National Awards for his performances in "Rakh" (1989), "Ek Doctor Ki Maut" (1991) and "Maqbool" (2003).
His recent films include "Dus", "Dharm", "Halla Bol" and "The Blue Umbrella".
Kapur has also acted in several TV serials such as "Karamchand", "Mohandas B.A.L.L.B.", "Zabaan Sambhal Ke", "Neem Ka Ped" and "Office Office".
He has also directed several plays and TV serials and will be directing a film starring his son, Shahid Kapur (by his first wife Neelima Azeem).
Pankaj Kapur is currently married to actress Supriya Pathak and they have a daughter and a son, Ishaan, who has also acted in a Bollywood film.