Rishi Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor

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Rishi Kapoor was an Indian actor, director, and producer who is famous for his work in Hindi cinema.  Rishi Kapoor has received several outstanding awards for his acting skill in the Bollywood industry.

Early Life and Childhood

Rishi Kapoor was born on 4 September 1952, in Bombay, Maharashtra, India in a Punjabi family. His full name is Rishi Raj Kapoor. Likewise, his father’s name was Raj Kapoor, an actor-director, and his mother’s name was Krishna Raj Kapoor. He was the second child of the family.

Similarly, his grandfather’s name was Prithviraj Kapoor. He had four siblings; two brothers named Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor who were both actors. And he had two sisters, insurance agent Ritu Nanda and late Rima Jain. Likewise, his paternal uncles, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, and maternal uncles, Prem Nath, Rajendra Nath, Narendra Nath, and Prem Chopra, were all actors.

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Caption: Rishi Kapoor on his childhood picture with brother Randhir Kapoor (Source: Pinterest)

Being grown up in a family engaged in the entertainment industry, he had a keen interest in acting from a very young age. He also made his first on-screen appearance at around age three, in Raj Kapoor’s Shree 420.

Moving toward his educational background, he did his schooling with his brothers at Campion School, Mumbai, and Mayo College, Ajmer.

Health Issues and Death

Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in 2018. He went to New York City for the treatment. After his successful medication for over a year, Kapoor returned back to India on 26 September 2019.

Recently he was admitted to Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on 29 April 2020, due to breathing difficulty. Unfortunately, he left the world from complications of bone marrow cancer with shocking news for his fans on 30 April 2020 at the age of 67.

His last rituals were performed at Chandanwadi Crematorium and his ashes were immersed in Banganga.

Professional life

Talking about Rishi Kapoor’s acting career, he debuted in the entertainment industry at the age of three with the appearance in a movie in his father’s film Shree 420.

1970’s-1999’s (Leading role)

In 1970, he made his debut in the film ‘Mera Naam Joker’ from his father Raj Kapoor. In the film, he plays the childhood role of his own father. His father desired to make a teenage love story and did not have enough money to cast Rajesh Khanna in the film. So, he was cast in the film. “In 1973, he played the first lead role opposite Dimple Kapadia in the film ‘Bobby.’ After the release of the film, he became an instant hit among youngsters.

Subsequently, only 11 of his 51 solo cast films were successful at the box office, including 25 of the 41 multi-starer films that were successful at the box office. From 1974-1997, he did a film with solo leads and only 11 films did well on the box office while the other 40 films were a flop. His 11 hit films were Bobby, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar, Honeymoon, Banjaran, Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Heena, and Bol Radha Bol.

From 1974-1981, he starred with his future wife Neetu Kapoor, but the duo didn’t perform much as expected. His film alongside with Neetu Kapoor was only hit in multi-starter films including Amar Akbar Anthony, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Khel Khel Mein, Kabhie Kabhie, Duniya Meri Jeb Mein. His other movie in a lead role with Neetu Kapoor was a flop– Anjane Mein, Jhoota Kahin Ka, Zehreela Insaan, Zinda Dil, Doosara Aadmi, Dhan Daulat.

In the 90s, he made his appearance in the film like Deewana, Damini, and Eena Meena Dika were successful. Likewise, his lead role films were Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, Badalte Roshtey, Aap Ke Deewane, Saagar then in the ’90s with Chandni, Deewana(1992), Damini(1993) and Gurudev (1994). In 1999, he directed the film ‘Aa Ab Laut Chalen’.

2000-2020 (Supporting role)

In 2000, he appeared in the romantic lead in the film ‘Karobaar: The Business of Love’ which was a flop. After his several box office flops as the lead role, he started performing as supporting roles in the 2000s.

Since then, he has made an appearance in films like Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Hum Tum (2004), Fanaa (2006), Namastey London (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Patiala House (2010). He had even appeared in British films Don’t Stop Dreaming (2007) and Sambar Salsa (2008).

In 2010, he reunited onscreen with Neetu Singh in the film Do Dooni Chaar. He acted in the movie Chintu Ji in which he played himself. In 2012, he made his appearance in a villainous role in Agneepath and in the multi-starer Housefull 2. In Housefull 2, he appeared with brother Randhir Kapoor for the first time after ‘Khazana’ in the mid-1980s. He even performed a cameo role in Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan along with his wife.

In 2018, he starred in 102 Not Out, a comedy-drama film directed by Umesh Shukla. Also, in this film, he reunited with Amitabh Bachchan together again after 27 years.

In 2019, he appeared in his two films Jhootha Kahin Ka a comedy-drama film and The Body with Emraan Hashmi, a mystery thriller film. The Body with Emraan Hashmi released on 13 December 2019 and incidentally, it was his last released film before his death on 30 April 2020.

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Caption: Rishi Kapoor in the character of Rauf Lala in the film Agneepath (Source: Flickr)

Awards and achievements

Legendary actor of Rishi Kapoor had achieved several awards through his tremendous career in the Bollywood industry. Throughout his career, he has received thirteen awards. For the first time, in 1970, hr received his first-ever award from Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards for Mera Naam Joker.

Likewise, some of the other awards are Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Bobby (1974), Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2008), Zee Cine Awards: Best Lifetime Jodi along with Neetu Singh (2011), Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for Do Dooni Chaar(2011), and many more. In 2009, he was honored by the Russian Government for his contribution to cinema.

Net worth

Through Rishi Kapoor’s contribution to the entertainment industry, he had an annual income of Rs. 20 crore (INR), which translates to around $3.7 million. Apart from his earnings, his properties and assets, amongst which are numerous luxury cars, are estimated at around $9.7 million.

Personal life

Reflecting Rishi’s personal life, he was married to 15-time co-star Neetu Singh on January 22, 1980. The duo had two children– actor Ranbir Kapoor and designer Riddhima Kapoor Sahani. Likewise, he was the paternal uncle of actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, and maternal uncle of industrialist Nikhil Nanda.

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Caption: Rishi Kapoor posing with his family for a picture (Source: Koimoi)

Previously, he had dated an actress Yasmin in his teenage days and broke up with her. As an adult, he fell in love with his co-actress Neetu Singh during the shoot of ‘Bobby’ and had even dated her alongside other actresses. Moreover, he had also dated actress Dimple Kapadia but after his father’s rejection ended his relationship with her.

Social media

Rishi Kapoor had been actively presenting himself on social media handles Twitter with his thoughts. His last tweet was “An appeal ? to all brothers and sisters from all social status and faiths. Please don’t resort to violence,stone-throwing, or lynching. Doctors, Nurses, Medics, Policemen, etc..are endangering their lives to save you. We have to win this Coronavirus war together. Please. Jai Hind!??” on April 2, 2020. He has 3.5 million followers on the account.