Pankaj Kapur Marriage: Love Truly Deserves A Second Chance

Pankaj Kapur’s route to fame in the 21st century was the role of a harrowed and harassed Mussadi Lal on TV comedy Office Office that aired from 2000 to 2004. Kapur’s depiction of an average Joe’s tryst with corruption was outright persuasive, and the show went on to become a cult classic – in fact, it’s still revered for its striking satire.

However, while Office Office was a successful sitcom indeed, it was definitely not the first time Pankaj Kapur had delivered a hard-hitting performance. Kapur started his career as a theatre artist and it was only after four years of theatre that he made a foray into TV and film. He always had a love for the performing arts, and it is no wonder that his first wife (and indeed, the second as well) are actresses.

Kapur married his first wife, danseuse and actress Neelima Azmi (Shahid Kapur’s mother), way back in 1975. He later married for the second time in the 1988. We take a closer look at the two marriages and romantic goings on of Pankaj Kapur.

Pankaj Kapur – Karamchand, Office Office And More


Pankaj Kapur was born on the 29th of May, 1954 in Ludhiana, Punjab. He received most of his education from his home state, and while growing up, developed a keen interest towards theatre and acting. Given his new-found interest, he enrolled at the prestigious National School of Drama in the 1970s. After graduating, he was active in theatre circles for four years, and would have continued to do so, but fate intervened in the form of an opportunity. It was none other than Richard Attenborough who came knocking for Kapur with a role for him in Gandhi. Kapur accepted the role, after which he was inundated with offers. He made his Hindi debut with the 1982 art film Arohan, which also starred legendary theatre actor Om Puri. He would also be in Gandhi which would release later the same year.

During the mid-1980s, Pankaj Kapur appeared in the popular TV series Karamchand (1985) in which he played the titular character – a comical detective. Since then has appeared in several critically-acclaimed TV shows such as Phatichar (1991), Zabaan Sambhalke (1993) and Office Office (2000). He is also known for playing some memorable roles in films, and continues to be active in showbiz even till today.

Neelima Azeem – Marrying The Danseuse


Pankaj Kapur met his first wife, actress and dancer Neelima Azeem, somewhere around 1974. Little is known about their first encounter but it is said that theatre is what the two had in common. The two, in all likelihood, had an ultra brief courtship ,and in the year 1975 proceeded to tie the knot. Pankaj Kapur was just 21 years old while Neelima Azeem was only 16. Pankaj Kapur was still in his National School of Drama days and therefore the couple was settled in New Delhi, which is where they had their only child, Shahid Kapur in 1981.

Their marriage hit a rough patch during mid-1980s, and it is said that the couple separated for some time. The discord seemed to be too intense to resolve, which led them to consider a dissolution of marriage. In the year 1984, the couple amicably divorced. Shahid Kapur was only three years old, and stayed back with his mother, but Pankaj maintained custody of his son as well.

Supriya Pathak – The One Made For Him


Kapur, now divorced, was living up his single life when he met the actress Supriya Pathak in 1986, during the making of a film called Agla Mausam – which was never released. Supriya would later joke of how the film was only made to bring them together. Supriya Pathak was then only 25 years old, and freshly divorced herself. She had married impulsively and in haste (in Ahmedabad) at the age of 22, and her ex-husband was her mother Dina Pathak’s close friend’s son. Kapur and Supriya started out as co-actors and as they got to know each other better, it struck them just how much they had in common. Succinctly put, a love for acting, a failed first marriage, and a yearning to find the true love. It was the perfect match.

“With him I understood a different passion for acting, which was way beyond mine. Personally too, I found perspective. I found myself again.”
– Supriya Pathak about meeting Pankaj Kapur

She even once shared in an interview that her friendship with Kapur helped debunk all the rumours she had heard about him, such as the allegation that he was an alcoholic – it turns out he didn’t drink at all. She added that she found the stability and peace in her life with him by ‘finding her moorings’.

Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak eventually recognised the fact they were in love indeed, and had to take things to next level for their relationship to last forever. On the same time, none of them wanted to repeat their past mistakes, and therefore made it a point to discuss the conditions of their marriage.

“I had no problems at all that he was married before. I met him with a clean slate. He had made it clear from the beginning that his son Shahid meant the most to him…”
– Supriya Pathak about marriage with Pankaj Kapur

To have a lifetime with Kapur, she was more than ready to take on the role of a mother. It never mattered to her that Shahid was Pankaj Kapur’s son with another woman. The duo finally got married in the year 1988, and soon after Supriya moved into Kapur’s place.

Blissful Marriage Indeed


Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak’s marriage is considered one of the most successful marriages in Bollywood and is often used to drive home the point that love deserves a second chance. Although Shahid always referred Supriya as ‘Aunty’ he always put her on a pedestal equivalent to his real mother Neelima Azeem. Supriya Pathak and Pankaj Kapur had their first child, their daughter Sanah Kapoor in 1990, and their second born, a son in 1994, whom they named Ruhaan Kapoor.

“I feel that I have Pankaj in three ages — at 60 as himself, at 33 as Shahid and now with my younger son Ruhaan at 20.”
– Supriya Pathak in 2014 about her marriage with Pankaj Kapur

Their marriage has definitely been a success, and is going strong in spite of the fact that Supriya is seven years younger to Pankaj Kapur. Now that is true love! Here is wishing the Kapur family all the very best.

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