A former chartered accountant, Shekhar Kapur is a critically acclaimed director who shot to prominence with his first film Masoom.
Known for his different approach to filmmaking, Shekhar's commercial sci-fi children's film Mr India with Anil Kapoor and Sridevi was a super-hit.
His next film Bandit Queen won acclaim and awards, but also created a huge uproar in India for its on screen nudity and gang-rape scenes. The film was based on the true life story of a former dacoit, Phoolan Devi.
He then ventured into Hollywood and was applauded for his work as a director in the Oscar-nominated films Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Shekhar was married to Suchitra Krishnamoorthy. They divorced in 2007 and have one daughter. He was earlier married to Megha.