Ranbir Kapoor vs. Shahid Kapoor

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Difference between Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor

Both well-known stars of the Bollywood industry have made their mark in the world of film. Compared to Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor is a newcomer but both have achieved fame due to recent films that they’ve starred in over the last fews years.

Shahid Kapoor is the son of actor Pankaj Kapoor and classical dancer Neelima Azeem. After his parents divorced, he lived with his father. He also enjoys good relations with his stepmother. Ranbir Kapoor is the son of actor Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh and is of Punjabi origin.

Both Ranbir and Shahid’s films have done well at the box office. Both are also known to be good dancers.

Debut Films

Shahid Kapoor started off his career in 1999 with advertisements and as a background dancer in the movie Taal.His debut film was Ishq Vishq in 2003, following which he acted in several films. However, in 2006, the hit releases of 36 China Town and Chup Chup ke brought him to fame. After that, his career improved with films like Jab We Met and Kismat Konnection.

Ranbir Kapoor worked as assistant director with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the film Black. He then made his debut in Saawariya in November 2007 under the same director. Even though the film did not achieve much success, his acting was appreciated. His first successful movie happens to be Bachna Ae Haseeno opposite Deepika Padukone, Minisha Lamba and Bipasha Basu. Following that film, most of his films to date have been huge successes at the box office.


Both Ranbir and Shahid have broken up with their girlfriends in the recent past. Shahid and Kareena split after their successful film Jab we Met, which caused a lot of hue and cry amongst both media and fans alike. Ranbir’s relationship with Deepika Padukone lasted for a short period since their debut films in 2008 until after their film Bachna Ae Haseeno.

Actresses They Have Worked With

Ranbir Kapoor, has starred opposite several actresses like Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Minisha Lamba, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Konkona Sen Sharma and Priyanka Chopra.

Shahid Kapoor has worked with Amrita Rao, Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra.

Awards and Nominations

Shahid Kapoor has won several awards, his first being the Star Screen Award for the most promising newcomer. He won several Star Screen Awards in the following years in the category of Best Actor.

Ranbir Kapoor won his first Filmfare award in 2008 for Best Actor in Sawaariya. Following that he also won a Filmfare Critics award, and 2 more Filmfare Best Actor awards. In 2008, he received the IIFA award as a debut actor and in 2010, the Best Actor award for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.

Similarities and Differences

  • Both Shahid Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor are new in the industry but Shahid came first.
  • Shahid has worked with more female leads thanks to his head start but Ranbir is making up for lost time fast.
  • Both have seen varying degrees of success in their recent films.
  • They have both been the recipients of industry awards like Filmfare and Star Screen Awards but they do not share an award in common.

Who is better?
  • Ranbir Kapoor
  • Shahid Kapoor

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