Shekhar Kapur is a visionary filmmaker and storyteller who works at the intersection of art, myth and activism.
Golden Globe-winning director Shekhar Kapur makes lush, international period films -- such as Elizabeth and The Four Feathers -- and Indian hits like Mr. India and Bandit Queen. Most recently, Kapur's short film "Passages"" is part of the October 2009 film anthology New York, I Love You. Also this October, he sat on the judging panel for 1 Minute to Save the World, a competition for short films about climate change. (And yes, last summer, he was a judge on India's Got Talent.)
His forthcoming film Paani – the hindi word for water – explores mumbai's shrinking supply of water and its distribution underworld. equally at home in hollywood and Bollywood, he's also a comics mogul; in 2006 he co-founded Virgin Comics as a venue for turning Indian and Hindu myths into pop-culture icons. For the company, now reorganized as Liquid Comics, he cocreated the series Ramayan 3392 A.D., based on the Ramayana. His newest Liquid series: Devi.
"He was completely and utterly unusual, and deeply unafraid."Cate Blanchett, in Time
“A story is the relationship that you develop between who you are, or who you potentially are, and the infinite world.”
“I tell a story, and therefore I exist.”
“Panic is the great access of creativity because that’s the only way to get rid of your mind.”
“The acceptance of contradiction is the telling of a story, not the resolution.”
“We create stories to define our existence. If we do not create the stories, we probably go mad.”
“When you get up, the night and day is a contradiction. But you get up at 4 a.m. — that first blush of blue is where the night and day are trying to find harmony with each other.”