In 36 China Town, a murder mystery from the director duo Abbas–Mustan, Kapoor starred as one of the seven suspects in the murder of an heiress, and in the Priyadarshan-directed Chup Chup Ke, he played a depressed man who pretends to be deaf and mute.
Patcy N of praised his dancing skills but was wary of his imitation of Shah Rukh Khan's acting style.The former was plagiarised from the Hollywood film There's Something About Mary in which Kapoor played one of Rimi Sen's love interests; the critic Khalid Mohamed found Kapoor to be "the only likeable element in this travesty" but Namrata Joshi of Outlook labelled him "colourless" and criticised his pairing with Sen.In 2010, Kapoor reteamed with Ken Ghosh in Chance Pe Dance, a comedy-drama about a struggling actor, in which Kapoor's performance was described as "uneven" by Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis.following which he starred in Yash Raj Films' Badmaash Company, a comedy-drama about a group of overambitious youngsters who become con men.Initially recognised for portraying romantic roles, Kapoor has since taken on parts in action films and thrillers.
He is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards.His grandparents were journalists for the Russian magazine Sputnik, and Kapoor was particularly fond of his grandfather: "He would walk me to school every single day.He would talk to me about dad, with whom he shared a great relationship, and read out his letters to me." During a stage show at the institute, Kapoor performed in the songs "Vogue" and "Golden Eye" to a positive response from the audience; he described the experience as the first time that he "felt like a star".Writing for Variety, critic Joe Leydon reviewed that Kapoor "impressively displays sufficiently variegated degrees of emotional intensity to sustain the illusion of two distinct characters.Just as important, he provides each sibling an appropriately elevated hunkiness quotient." Kapoor's final release of 2009 was as a cricketer in Dil Bole Hadippa! It was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, but was a financial failure.Taurani found a suitable project for Kapoor in the teenage romance Ishq Vishk (2003), which Ken Ghosh was directing for his company.