Last Updated: February 27, 2015, 08:27 IST
Kapoor had his shares of failures too. His 'Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja' was a disaster at the box office.
He grew up in a tenement in Chembur, Mumbai where he shared a single room with seven others.
He has starred in many hit movies like Mr India, Beta, Viraasat, Ram Lakhan, Tezaab, Parinda and No Entry.
With over 100 films to his credit since 1979, the actor has defied twilight with ageless looks leaving most of his contemporaries green.
Coming to international projects, he is in talks with Ben Stiller, Fox Television and Sophia Loren's son.
The actor-turned-producer took the West by storm with his role as a dubious quiz-show host in Danny Boyle's multiple Oscar award-winning underdog drama Slumdog Millionaire in 2009.
While that paved the way for his stint opposite Kiefer Sutherland in US TV show '24', the latter got him an opportunity to rub shoulders with superstar Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
But the actor is not giving up on his roots for that. Despite the jet lag, he shoots for both Bollywood and Hollywood simultaneously.
He says sometimes living out of a suitcase becomes tough because of travelling and switching languages. Sometimes changing gears becomes difficult in terms of language, style, atmosphere, people, but it's great fun, the actor feels.
Freezing his place in B-Town, the actor is riding high on sequels to Race, No Entry and Mr India, and other ventures like Tezz and Power.
Kapoor, who does not like experimenting with his look much, says he has shaved his moustache only thrice in his three-decade career.
Kapoor is one of the few actors in Bollywood who has earned his place in the film industry through a combination of both critically acclaimed and commercially successful films.
He lifted his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in 'Tezaab' in 1988. Indra Kumar's Beta in 1992 brought him praise from critics.
But Kapoor had 'Laadla' with Sridevi up his sleaves that restored some of the reputation he lost after 'Roop Ki Rani Choro Ka Raja'.
Despite serious roles in Beta, Laadla and Tezaab, comedy is the primary forte of Kapoor.
Kapoor has also made his name in the industry as a producer. Badhaai Ho Badhaai, My Wife's Murder (2005), Gandhi, My Father (2007), Shortkut: The con, are some of the films he produced.
It doesn't get bigger and better for Anil Kapoor. Blessed with age defying genes, his career has gone seriously global at a time when he is turning 52. (The pictures are in no particular order.)
With eyes on Hollywood, Kapoor is on a global journey in the coming years. His performance in eighth season of action series 24, also earned him lots of praises. He has now signed a Rs 100 crore deal with Twentieth Century Fox to remake 24 in Hindi.