As a child,Shahid studied at Gyan Bharati School in Delhi until the fourth grade, where he shifted to Rajhans Vidyalaya, Mumbai. Kapoor has three half siblings: a sister named Sanah Kapur and brothers named Ishaan Khattar and Ruhaan Kapur; Ishaan acted with him in the movie Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005). His maternal grandfather was Anwar Azeem, a noted Marxist journalist and author from Bihar. His great great grandfather was the film director, screenwriter, novelist and journalist Khwaja Ahmad Abbas more popularly known as K. A. Abbas. K.A. Abbas in turn was the grandson of Hali, the chief protégé of Urdu poet, Ghalib.
-:Early career, until 2005:-
Before starting his career as an actor, he worked in several music videos and ads, including the Pepsi commercial with Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji post Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and the music video Aankhon Me Tera Hi Chehra by the Aryans along with Hrishitaa Bhatt. Shahid had already joined Shiamak Davar Institute for the Performing Arts (SDIPA) in 1995, where Kapoor was later seen in Subhash Ghai's film Taal (1999) as a background dancer in the song "Kahin Aag Lage Lag Jawe" along with actress Aishwarya Rai and opted out of the academy in 2001 or 2002, and also stopped appearing in advertisements and music videos at this time, so Shahid could concentrate on making his Bollywood debut.
In 2003, he played his first leading role as Rajiv Mathur, a carefree young man in Ken Ghosh's moderately successful love story Ishq Vishk. Appearing opposite Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasurywala, the film was well received by audiences and he's performance earned him a Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. Film critic Taran Adarsh from indiaFM wrote, "Shahid is an actor to watch. Kapoor has all the qualities to hit the top slot. Not only is he good looking, but he is an amazing performer as well. Very original as a performer sic, the youngster has handled the dramatic and emotional moments with flourish.Shahid is an exceptional dancer as well. All he needs to do is pick and choose his forthcoming assignments with care, so that the journey to the top slot is minus hiccups."
The following year, he joined director Ken Ghosh once again in the thriller Fida, where he co-starred alongside Kareena Kapoor and Fardeen Khan. The film failed to do well at the box office, yet he's performance was praised. The Tribune concluded, "...Shahid shines in his role. Kapoor looks fresh. As an impulsive emotional and innocent guy, who is sucked into crime because of these very qualities, he manages to evoke your sympathies."Shahid then appeared in the romantic comedy Dil Maange More opposite Soha Ali Khan, Tulip Joshi, and Ayesha Takia. His performance opened to mixed reviews; Rediff.com wrote that "he tends to imitate Shahrukh Khan a lot. Kapoor does it well in some scenes, overdoes it in others..."
Featuring in three more films in 2005, success continued to elude he. However, his performance as Jaidev Vardhan, a man who is sucked into the world of money and greed in John M. Matthan's drama Shikhar was critically acclaimed, earning he his first Star Screen Award for Best Actor nomination. According to IndiaFM, "Shahid is only improving with every film.Shahid matches up to Ajay in almost all sequences."
he's last release of 2006 was Sooraj R. Barjatya's romantic drama Vivah, a film depicting the journey of two individuals from engagement to marriage. Co-starring alongside Amrita Rao, the film was received favourably by most critics and became one of the highest grossing films of the year, as well as Kapoor's biggest commercial success to date. Kapoor's performance earned his second consecutive nomination for Best Actor at the Star Screen Awards. Taran Adarsh wrote, "Shahid performs like never before. If Shahid Kapoor was super-cool in Ishq Vishk and showed flashes of brilliance in Fida, you've to watch him in Vivah to see his growth as a tremendous actor.Shahid is exceptional in emotional sequences."
During the summer of 2006, he embarked on his first world tour, the Rockstars Concert, along with Bollywood stars, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham, Esha Deol, Mallika Sherawat and Zayed Khan. In 2007, he appeared in two movies. His first release was Ahmed Khan's Fool & Final. The film received negative reviews and failed to do well at the box office; Kapoor's performance in the film did not receive positive reviews.
His next release in 2007, Imtiaz Ali's romantic comedy Jab We Met, opposite Kareena Kapoor, became one of the biggest hits of the year. The film tells the story of two people with two very different personalities meeting each other on a train and how they fall in love eventually. he portrayed the character of Aditya Kashyap, a dejected young industrialist full of angst and despair. The film was well received by critics and Kapoor's performance earned him several nominations for Best Actor at a number of award ceremonies, including Filmfare. Rajeev Masand from CNN-IBN noted, "Despite the risk of being overshadowed by Kareena, his co-star in the film, Kapur leaves an indelible impression with a performance that is understated and mature, and indeed the perfect foil to he's boisterousness." Kapoor then appeared in the Aziz Mirza-directed film, Kismat Konnection (2008), opposite Vidya Balan. Upon release, the film under-performed at the box office.
In 2009,Shahid Kapoor first appeared in Vishal Bhardwaj's caper thriller Kaminey opposite Priyanka Chopra. The film was a major critical success, and also performed well at the box office. he's portrayal of twins Charlie and Guddu earned him rave reviews. Rajeev Masand from CNN-IBN wrote, " Kapur rises to the challenge of creating two entirely different characters out of Charlie and Guddu, and delivers a credible performance as each. Breaking out of his chocolate-boy image, he gives evidence of his potential when trusted with well-written roles." Raja Sen of Rediff.com listed he's performance as the best performance by a Bollywood actor in 2009, writing that "Shahid plays both heavily nuanced roles – Charlie being the brave choice for narrator – with solid conviction, making each twin brother believable. It's a phenomenal performance, and the young man deserves serious, serious applause. Top claff." The film is credited with turning he into a star and showcased his ability to take on challenging roles.
His second release of the year was Anurag Singh's romantic comedy Dil Bole Hadippa!, which saw him star alongside Rani Mukerji. However, the film received a tepid response at the box office and with critics.
-:Commercial struggles, 2010–2013:-
Kapoor in 2012
In 2011, Kapoor appeared opposite Sonam Kapoor in Mausam (2011), a movie directed and written by his father Pankaj Kapoor. The film received a mixed response from critics, however his performance was generally well received. Critic Taran Adarsh wrote, "he gives his all to this role, submitting himself to his director-father to mould him the way he chooses to. It won't be erroneous to state that he surpasses all his previous performances, including the one in Kaminey, with this film. The film also marks the coming of age of this actor." Although the film did not do well,he reportedly received up to 18 different film offers after its release.
In June 2012, he appeared in Kunal Kohli's Teri Meri Kahaani opposite Priyanka Chopra. Despite the film receiving mixed reviews and a lukewarm response at the box office, he's performance was generally well received. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave a positive review to Shahid Kapoor 's performance stating, "Not many actors get the opportunity to portray three diverse roles in a single movie. But he carries each of those parts with refinement, besides looking debonair in each character ... From playing a musician in Bollywood to a compulsive flirt in Punjab to the unflustered and trendy youngster settled in U.K., Kapoor does an exceptional job. Among the three characters, his take as Javed is sure to win him accolades." Madhureeta Mukherjee of Times of India also gave a positive review and said, "Shahid Kapoor is best as the badnaam shayar Javed. Kapoor uses his boyish charm effectively, dancing like the wind (in Uff and Humse Pyar Karle Tu), and cheekily winning women in every janam. he seduces the audience with his style and shayari, sparking life into this cliche-riddled kahaani."
In July 2013, he and Shahrukh Khan co-hosted the 14th IIFA Awards in Macau.His first film release the year was the Rajkumar Santoshi-directed comedy film Phata Poster Nikla Hero opposite Ileana D'Cruz. The film received mixed reviews from the critics, and became he's third consecutive box office flop.
-:Recent work, 2013–present:-
While filming Fida (2004), he began dating Kareena Kapoor. They separated during the filming of Jab We Met (2007). According to him, they remained on good terms, with him saying, "I wish her all the happiness in the world. I have great respect for her.Shahid is a wonderful girl."
Post their high profile break up, he has decided to keep his personal life away from media attention. Kapoor has maintained that Shahid has since been single Despite this, he has been linked to tennis sensation Sania Mirza and various actresses, such as Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra, Nargis Fakhri, Bipasha Basu and Sonakshi Sinha.
Kapoor uses the last name Khattar, his stepfather's Rajesh Khattar's surname, on his passport.