Film Celeb Birthdays in September

Ranbir Kapoor is going places by the film. His next, Animal, carries great expectations, Photo: Publicity Photo

The ninth month of the year is noted for several birthdays among film celebrities. interestingly, the common thread among them is great creative and professional range.

Shakti Kapoor / Sep 3

He started out as a villain, became a comic baddie and then a comedian, and finally evolved into a fine character artiste in elderly roles. It’s been 44 years since Shakti Kapoor was first noticed in Sargam (1979), but Shakti Kapoor is still at it. What’s more, his daughter Shraddha Kapoor, is also a dynamic actress today.

Irshad Kamil / Sep 5

Easily the most astute and scholarly top lyricists of our times, Irshad Kamil has not let himself be commercialized or corrupted—he would rather let go assignments that make him write cheap verse against his principles. Come deep lyrics as in Jab We Met’s Aaoge jab tum  or lightweight fluff as in Gunday’s Toone maari entriyaan, his lyrics are as much about class as mass, and usually the perfect blend of both.

Pankaj Tripathi is among our most versatile actors. Photo: Publicity Photo

Pankaj Tripathi / Sep 5

You can call him a chameleon, or you could say that he is like water, taking any shape in a film. Comic, negative, positive, dramatic—he can do any role effortlessly, and is a natural scene-stealer, whether he is on big screen or small (OMG 2, Criminal Justice)

Rakesh Roshan / Sep 6

After an inconsistent run as a leading man, Rakesh Roshan attained greater fame as a producer and attained his real forte as a director who blended commerce and excellence to perfection (Khudgarz, Khoon Bhari Maang, Kishen Kanhaiya, Karan Arjun, Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai, Koi…Mil Gaya, Krrish).

Asha Bhosle / Sep 8

At 90, she still sings and swings. The ageless Diva, Asha Bhosle has musically done it all, and in Hindi films, has lent her voice from Madhubala to Mallika Sherawat and from Vyjayanthimala ot Vidya Balan. She holds the Guinness Book of World Record’s highest tally among singers—with over 11,000 recorded songs!

Akshay Kumar / Sep 9

He is an actor who steadfastly keeps doing what he believes in, come hit or flop. It’s been 33 years since he began, and in the last decade, within the commercial format, he has pioneered the art of doing multiple films a year that helps the economics of the industry and keeps the humbler assistants’, spot-boys’ and other menial laborers’ earnings at an even keel.

Ayushmann Khurrana / Sep 14

Known early on for socially-conscious commercial cinema, Ayushmann Khurrana has carved a distinct niche in Hindi cinema right from his debut film, Vicky Donor in 2012 to his latest, Dream Girl 2.

Shabana Azmi / Sep 18

Undoubtedly an actress par excellence, Shabana Azmi has blended art, craft and commerce to perfection. Having begun in Ankur (1974), she has now excelled in Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani with a mindboggling array of Hindi, regional and global films and performances in-between.

Mahesh Bhatt has directed almost one film for every one of his 49 years in cinema. Photo: Publicity Photo

Mahesh Bhatt / Sep 20

One of the most prolific directors of Hindi cinema now for over 48 years, Mahesh Bhatt remains the maverick who can direct Arth, Kaash and Naam on one side and Aashiqui, Sadak and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke on the other. For good measure, he has also written movies like Murder and Zakham  and overviewed all the films produced by his brother Mukesh Bhatt.

Kareena Kapoor Khan / Sep 21

To remain relevant and in-demand after 23 years for a heroine is not easy. Kareena Kapoor Khan, the youngest female Kapoor, has done it. Not only is she the first choice of the superstars, but she also has niche powerhouse performances in her hat like Chameli, Fashion and now Jaane Jaan.

Prem Chopra / Sep 23

The villain who is a versatile genius, and has given untold variations to villainy in his get-ups, dresses and even catchphrases. From Woh Kaun Thi?, Shaheed and Upkar to finally roles of character artistes of dramatic or humorous hues, Prem Chopra has indeed come a long way from her debut—as a hero!—in the Punjabi film, Choudhary Karnail Singh to working even on television and in foreign films in the last few years.

Tanuja / Sep 23

Sharing birthdays with Prem Chopra is the fiery Tanuja, who is oh-so-variegated in cinema, and has proved her mettle in multiple roles and genres (Jewel Thief, Jeene Ki Raah, Haathi Mere Saathi, Anubhav, Imtihan) as a complete natural.

Ranbir Kapoor / Sep 28

The youngest Kapoor is the silent superstar in the making. His acting in his latest films— Brahmastra: Part One—Shiva and Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar— have been loved, and there are great expectations from his forthcoming film, Animal.







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