Man, Woman and Child...a beautiful story was penned down way back in the ‘garden city of India’ by Viney & Vinod K Kapoor…..Dhirajj Vinodd Kapoor. Born as Dheeraj Kapoor in Bangalore, India, on October 25, 1978. I am fondly addressed DK amongst my friends and peers. I am an Entrepreneur, Brand Marketer, Indian film Actor, Model, Director & Producer.
Having studied in schools like Sophia High School, Sindhi High School, St. Fatima High School and St. Stracey Memorial High School where I mingled with students across a milieu of cultures. This was instrumental in nurturing my mind as a child to look at life through a much broader perspective, a contemporary outlook and therefore established a futuristic vision. My birth city of Bangalore is culturally oriented and caters to a cosmopolitan crowd hence growing up in this environment helped me get exposed to art, culture, architecture and theatre. Since my childhood I was always keen in participating in dramatics, acting, fancy dress and dancing competitions. This resulted in developing my passionate interest for the world of cinema. I love learning different languages and thanks to that I am a linguist with fluency in many languages such as English, Hindi, Punjabi, Kannada, Tamil, and Urdu. As an athlete I played almost every sport and have won many accolades and trophies in intra and inter school competitions. The tipping moment in my school days was being the Vice Captain for the Karnataka State Basketball Team and the House Captain in my 10th grade.
Started out my career in year 1995 as a model with assignments like Honda Activa TVC, Byford t-shirts Campaign, Gurukul Campaign, BPL net.com Campaign, and IBM computers Campaigns. I have also acted in four English plays with internationally acclaimed theatre personality Mahesh Dattani and also acted in a Hindi play while doing his summer course in National School of Drama.
In my early 20s I moved away from my family’s well-established retail business to pursue my passion and interest in movies and entertainment industry. It was here that I first brushed a stroke of my entrepreneurial streak that challenged me to start my own company 'Limelight' in the millennium year with my close friend Mahesh Kishen. In less than 3 years of starting Limelight under me and partner’s leadership we succeeded and started growing from strength to strength and thereby gaining much recognition in the field of Advertising and Entertainment. Here was the next big step for me to shift base to the city of dreams- Mumbai in the year 2005 to expand further and fulfil my cinematic dreams by allowing me to establish myself nationally and internationally.
Today I am actively taking my entrepreneurial skills single handed into many new ventures in different industries such as Arts, Culture, Entertainment, Real Estate & Venture Capital Funds etc.
Member of American Marketing Association
Over the years as a Brand Marketer I have immense experience for being responsible for conceptualizing and organizing brand campaigns, events for the domestic/international markets for individuals, brands and organizations. And also being immaculate in the business of managing all communications and networking in support of high end quality productions, campaign shoots, events including Indian & international celebrities and artists. I have had the opportunity to work closely with India’s Top celebrities such as Sachin Tendulkar, Kajol Devgan, Shahid Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Bipasha Basu, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kangna Ranaut, Karisma Kapoor, Chitrangda Singh, Prachi Desai, Aamir Bashir, Jawed Habib, Mandira Bedi, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu, Neha Dhupia, Mandira Bedi, Shabana Azmi, Raveena Tandon, Cyrus Broacha etc.
At a very young age I was inclined towards direction, right after my schooling I directed 2 theatre plays and I must tell you it was a soul gratifying experience. I decided to pursue the dream of becoming a director, but as destiny has its course, I got involved in other aspects of the entertainment industry. Thanks to my exposure as a producer, I have worked with many brilliant directors who are from the field of advertising, films and entertainment. As always been in awe of a director’s role, wherein he puts together a creative project completely on his shoulders and executes a master class production for the world to see, this is the most creative high I desire. Hence I am currently going through training for filmmaking and wish to direct some films in the near future.
Member of Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association
Since year 2000, I have successfully produced and executed over 500 campaigns, 100 events, 90 celebrity brand endorsements and above 1000 talent marketing assignments. I have had the pleasure to produce many advertising campaigns, brand endorsements, new brand launches & many unique marketing events across multiple leading Indian and Multi National Companies such as Toshiba, Danone, Unilever, Tata Group, Emami, Levi Strauss, Unicharm Sofy, Yakult Danone, Procter & Gamble, Collection G, Westin, Casio Asia Pacific, Seiko, Onida, Aditya Birla Group, Reckitt & Beckniser, Dabur, Himalayas, United Breweries, Panasonic, VGN Builders, Liril, Limca, Maxim Magazine, World Gold Council, Future Group, Globus, Pantaloons, Reliance Group, Airtel, Vodafone, BPL Group, Hero Group, Lakme, Lux, Britannia Group, Titan Company, Arvind Brands to name a few.
Currently I am living my dreams by working on new projects for the International Independent Feature & Short Films, Documentaries, Television Productions and Feature films.
A list of some multi-national companies, national and international brands that I have had the pleasure of working with worldwide
Here's my mind for you all to feast on with my thoughts and quotes i have written, hope you all love it and get inspired.