Bollywood is not for everyone.
Some realise it sooner and tread different paths to make different achievements in life, while others keep trying till the industry throws them off.
In this giant rigmarole of realisations and refusals, we have seen many of our beloved celebs fading out into oblivion, leaving us wondering, “where are they, how are they...?”
This “Missing Report” series digs deep into the untold stories of such missing stars.
Won’t be surprised if many of you admit to not knowing his name. But, there is hardly anyone who wouldn’t recognise him by this picture because of the popular song it has been screen-grabbed from. What’s more? The capture along with the catchphrase of this number has been transformed into sarcastic memes oftentimes. And turns out, we haven’t really seen much of him apart from these memes and gifs lately.
With Aarti Chhabaria and Kim Sharma on two sides of the spectrum, the love triangle Tumse Achha Kaun Hai had released in 2002, with a new face of the leading man. Nakul Kapur was cute and ‘chocolatey’. A perfect choice for a mushy-mushy love-triangle that the plot of the film had. The movie stays in our memories, not for being an extraordinary make, but for the melodious numbers.
Nakul didn’t come from a filmy family and getting into the show biz was, you could say, fortuitously. The young lad with a gorgeous head of hair had started off as a model and his famed debut happened with the music album, Ho Gayi Hai Mohabbat Tumse.
In 1998, after his music video started to play on the music channels daily, teenage girls in town and cities lost their hearts to him. This newly found fame got him more prestigious projects; notable among them was Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s musical Aaja Mere Yaar, released in 2001, which hit the right notes with the millennium audience.
Nakul was a known face by then, hence, as was the trend of the time, a movie offer was predictably in the line and so happened. He gathered a lot of fame for Tumse Achha Kaun Hai. Notwithstanding the overnight stardom, which came largely from that cute face and not so much for acting chops. A generous stream of movies never reached Nakul’s door.
Like numerous failed Bollywood stars, he veered towards South Cinema. But the Telugu movie Keelu Gurram that afforded him a supporting role, turned out to be a major box office failure.
After waiting out prospects in cinemas, Nakul decided to court television instead. His IMDB profile states that he had once featured in a TV series titled Terminal City, aired in 2005. And that’s all we know about his expanse in the show biz. He had literally vanished out of the screen and our memories for all these years, until rumors of death started going abuzz.
It was perhaps then that the former actor decided to emerge out of nowhere and declare himself alive and well.
So where has Nakul Kapur been since the past 18 years?
In Canada. He had immigrated long back after discovering a new passion: Yoga. The heartthrob of millions lives a life away from stardom, and has mingled with the ordinary. He has set up a Yoga Center, where he trains enthusiasts as a certified yogi.
The past 18 years have left their impression on his still adorable face. He is a little heavier now, just a little bit. He has grown a beard. He looks surprisingly different from his acting days and you may not recognise him if you bumped into this former actor at the general store. But, in a different way, in a non-Bollywoodie way, Nakul Kapur retains his charm. You may still lose your heart to his captivating smile.