Indian actor Anil Kapoor, known in the United States for his major roles in Danny Boyle’s 2008 Academy Award-winning international blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire, and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), and season eight of the television series 24, backs the 2020 Olympic bid with less than two weeks until the IOC vote.
Kapoor first started playing squash while studying at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, and has continued to play the game for twenty years.
The Bollywood-turned-international star feels that squash is “one of the best ways to exercise, burn calories and stay fit.”
With a career spanning over thirty years, Kapoor has appeared in scores of Bollywood productions collecting numerous awards, including the Filmfare Awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Performance in a Comic Role, as well as the National Film Award for Best Actor in the 2000 Hindi drama Pukar.
In the past decade, Kapoor has produced a number of films in addition to his acting roles, including Gandhi, My Father (2007), depicting the relationship between Mahatma Ghandi and his son, which won the National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention.
Kapoor made his international and English language debut appearing as the game show host in Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Academy Awards, seven BAFTA Awards, five Critic’s Choice Awards, and four Golden Globes.
In 2010, Kapoor transitioned to American television appearing in each episode of the eighth season of 24 as President Omar Hassan. Kapoor has since acquired the license to make an Indian rendition of the popular American television series with himself as the lead role.
With less than two weeks until the IOC vote on September 8, Kapoor joins Hollywood film writer, producer, director and actor Mike White in backing Squash’s bid for inclusion to the 2020 Olympic Games.
In backing the bid, Kapoor and White join stars Alec Sokolow, actor William Mapother, Elysium director and co-star Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley, director Tarsem Singh, and actor Dylan Neal.
You can back the bid by contributing to the US Squash Olympic Fund, purchasing the “I backed the bid” One Sport Racquet, following @vote4squash on twitter, and using the hash tag #vote4squash on social media.