The rags to riches story holds true for the veteran Bollywood actor who was born in a chawl in Tilak Nagar to Nirmal and Surinder Kapoor. Surinder was secretary to Shammi Kapoor, who later went on to produce films. His elder brothers Booney and Sanjay are producer and actor respectively. Anil did his schooling from ‘Our Lady Of Perpetual Succor School’ and later went on to join ‘Xavier College’ which he had to leave midway as he was not inclined towards studies. Soon he enrolled in Roshan Taneja’s Acting School after failing attempts to join Pune Film Institute. Anil made his debut with a supporting role in ‘Hamare Tumhaare’ (1979) but his lead role came in ‘Woh Saath Din’ after which there has been no looking back for him.