Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur portrait

Shekhar Kapur is a visionary filmmaker and storyteller who works at the intersection of art, myth and activism. Kapur is best known for directing Oscar and BAFTA award winning films Elizabeth, Golden Age, Bandit Queen and Four Feathers. In India he is best known for being a judge on the reality TV series India’s Got Talent.

Most recently he produced and directed the original television series WILL, based on the fictional life of William Shakespeare in the punk rock theater scene that was 16th century London. The series premiered on July 10, 2017.

Born of parents from a generation that was caught in the wave of optimism of a newly Independent India, but confronted by the harsh realities of being refugees from their homeland (now Pakistan) Kapur often attributes his essentially nomadic lifestyle to a never-ending search for his roots that he inherited from his parents.

Questioning the structured existence of his early years spent as a professional Accountant, Management Consultant and Economist in the UK, he set off in search of a life of adventure. Since then he has been a Chat Show Host in the UK and India, an Actor in India, a Writer, Futurist and speaker at forums all over the world on the future of technology. He has a number of business interests in Digital Media, which he believes is finally encouraging the 'democracy of information and thought'. He has also created popular comic books, animation films and characters.