Neetu Singh (m. 1980)
Actor, Producer, Director
Raj KapoorKrishna Kapoor
Randhir Kapoor (Brother)Rajiv Kapoor (Brother)Ritu Nanda (Sister)Reema Jain (Sister)See Kapoor family
Ranbir Kapoor, Riddhima Kapoor Sahani
Bobby, All Is Well, Prem Rog, Karz, Henna
30 April 2020 (aged 67) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Rishi Kapoor (4 September 1952 – 30 April 2020) was an Indian film actor, producer and director known for his works in Hindi cinema. He received the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in his father Raj Kapoor's 1970 film Mera Naam Joker (1970). Kapoor had his first lead role as an adult opposite Dimple Kapadia in 1973 with the film Bobby and received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1974. Bobby's worldwide success launched him as a global movie star, domestically in India and overseas in the Soviet Union.
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- Early life and family
- 19702000 Debut Success Public Recognition and Decrease in Workload
- 2001present Critical Acclaimed Roles
- Personal life
Subsequently, he played leading roles as the romantic lead in 92 films between 1973 and 2000, 41 of which were multi-starrer films. Only 11 of his 51 solo hero films were successful. For his performance in Do Dooni Chaar, he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor in 2011, and for his role in Kapoor & Sons, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017. He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He appeared opposite his future wife Neetu Singh in twelve films from 1973 and 1981.
Early life and family
Kapoor was born in Chembur, Mumbai in a Punjabi Hindu family as Rishi Raj Kapoor. He was the second son of actor-film director Raj Kapoor and grandson of actor Prithviraj Kapoor. He did his schooling with his brothers at Campion School, Mumbai and Mayo College, Ajmer. His brothers, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor; maternal uncles, Prem Nath and Rajendra Nath; and paternal uncles, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor are all actors. He had two sisters, insurance agent Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain. Actress-singer Salma Agha was his second cousin, while actor Prem Chopra was his uncle by marriage. He was also a distant relative of actors Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor and director Boney Kapoor.
1970–2000 Debut, Success , Public Recognition and Decrease in Workload
Rishi Kapoor debuted in his father's 1970 film Mera Naam Joker, playing a child. Kapoor had his first lead role as an adult, opposite Dimple Kapadia in the 1973 film Bobby. In an interview in 2012, he stated: "There was a misconception that the film was made to launch me as an actor. The film was actually made to pay the debts of Mera Naam Joker. Dad wanted to make a teenage love story and he did not have money to cast Rajesh Khanna in the film". Bobby was one of the decade's biggest hits in India as well as overseas in the Soviet Union, launching Rishi Kapoor as a global movie star, much like his father Raj Kapoor. His 1976 film Barood also became an overseas blockbuster in the Soviet Union.
Subsequently, only 11 of his 51 solo hero films were successful at the box office, and 25 of the 41 multi-hero films were successful at the box office. Rishi Kapoor had 51 films as the solo lead hero from 1973 to 2000, but 40 of them were box office flops and only 11 managed to be hits. These were Bobby, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Banjaran, Heena and Bol Radha Bol.
He had the lead hero roles in two-hero films only 13 times, in Khel Khel Mein, Kabhi Kabhie, Hum Kisise Kum Naheen, Badalte Rishtey, Aap Ke Deewane, and Saagar, and then from 1989 with Ajooba, Chandni, Deewana (1992), Damini - Lightning (1993), Gurudev (1994), Daraar (1996) and Karobaar (2000). Generally in the multi-hero films Rishi did in the late 70s and throughout the 80s, his other co-star's character over-shadowed his, and was more appreciated, such as in the case of Naseeb, Katilon Ke Kaatil, Coolie, Duniya, Sitamgar, Zamana, and Ghar Parivaar.
In 1999 he directed the film Aa Ab Laut Chalen, starring Rajesh Khanna, Aishwarya Rai and Akshaye Khanna in the lead roles. His last film as a romantic lead was the delayed Karobaar: The Business of Love (2000). Rishi Kapoor acted in Heena, directed by his brother Randhir Kapoor and his father, Raj Kapoor, and in Prem Granth, a movie produced by the three Kapoor brothers (Rishi, Randhir and Rajiv Kapoor) and directed by Rajiv Kapoor.
In the year 1974, the Filmfare Awards were held honouring the films released in 1973. Rajesh Khanna was nominated for his performance in a complicated role in Daag. However, since Rishi Kapoor had paid Rs. 30,000 to receive the Best Actor award for Bobby, Khanna did not win the award for his performance in Daag. This was disclosed by Rishi Kapoor in his autobiography.
2001–present Critical Acclaimed Roles
He moved on to supporting roles in the 2000s. He appeared in films such as Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Hum Tum (2004), Fanaa (2006), Namastey London (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Patiala House (2010). He also appeared in the British films Don't Stop Dreaming (2007) and Sambar Salsa (2008). He reunited onscreen with Neetu Singh in the film Do Dooni Chaar (2010).
He acted in the movie Chintu Ji in which he played himself. In 2012 he appeared in a villainous role in Agneepath and in the multi-starrer Housefull 2 where he appeared with brother Randhir Kapoor for the first time after Khazana in the mid-1980s. He made a cameo appearance in Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan along with his wife.
Kapoor married actress Neetu Singh on 22 January 1980. The couple had two children - actor Ranbir Kapoor who was born on 28 September 1982 and designer Riddhima Kapoor Sahani, who was born on 15 September 1980. Rishi was the paternal uncle of actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, and maternal uncle of industrialist Nikhil Nanda.
Rishi Kapoor's autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, was released on 15 Jan 2017. Kapoor wrote the book along with Meena Iyer, and the title was published under Harper Collins.
Kapoor was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018 and went to New York City for treatment. After successful treatment for a year, he returned to India on 26 September 2019.
However, he was admitted to Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital on 29 April 2020 owing to breathing difficulties. He died on 30 April 2020 from leukemia. His death came less than 24 hours after Irrfan Khan, another well-regarded actor and his co-star from D-Day died due to colon infection. Kapoor's last rites were performed at Chandanwadi Crematorium and his ashes were immersed in Banganga.