Kapoor family

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Kapoor family
Ethnicity Punjabi Hindus[1][2]
Current region Mumbai, India
Notable members
Connected families Bachchan family[3]
Traditions Hindu[4]
Active since 1929, for nearly 84-85 years. (Prithviraj Kapoor acted in Alam Ara in 1931, which was also the first talkie film of India)

The Kapoor family is a prominent Indian family, with a long history in Hindi cinema. Many members of the family have been successful actors, film directors, and producers.


The Kapoor family is of Pathan Hindu origin.[1][5][6] Prithviraj Kapoor was the first from the family to pursue acting. He was born in the town of Samundri in Punjab, British India in 1906.[7][8] His father, Basheshwarnath Kapoor, served as a police officer of the Indian Imperial Police, in the city of Peshawar, British India.[9] while his grandfather, Keshavmal Kapoor, was a Tehsildar in Samundri.[10] Prithviraj's first lead role was in Cinema Girl in 1929.

All three of Prithviraj Kapoor's sons, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, and Shashi Kapoor, became actors. Raj Kapoor's sons, Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor, went on to become well-known actors; his youngest son, Rajiv Kapoor, was not as successful as his brothers. Shashi Kapoor's daughter Sanjana Kapoor also took to acting in films, although she had a short career as a film actress. Randhir Kapoor and Babita's daughters, Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, have found success in the film industry. Rishi Kapoor's son, Ranbir Kapoor has established himself as a leading Bollywood actor.

Nikhil Nanda, son of Raj Kapoor's daughter, is married to Shweta Bachchan, daughter of actors, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan.[3][11]

Members of the Kapoor family[edit]

First generation[edit]

Second generation[edit]

  • Raj Kapoor – eldest son of Prithviraj; married to Krishna Malhotra, sister of actor Prem Nath
  • Shammi Kapoor – second son of Prithviraj; married to Geeta Bali (first wife) and Neila Devi (second wife)
  • Urmila Kapoor – daughter of Prithviraj
  • Shashi Kapoor – youngest son of Prithviraj; married to Jennifer Kendal
  • Juggal Kishore Mehra – cousin of Shammi, Shashi and Raj Kapoor

Third generation[edit]

  • Randhir Kapoor – eldest son of Raj Kapoor; married to Babita Kapoor
  • Ritu Nanda – elder daughter of Raj Kapoor; married to Rajan Nanda
  • Rishi Kapoor – second son of Raj Kapoor; married to Neetu Singh Kapoor
  • Rima Jain – younger daughter of Raj Kapoor; married to Manoj Jain
  • Rajiv Kapoor – youngest son of Raj Kapoor
  • Aditya Raj Kapoor – son of Shammi Kapoor; married to Priti
  • Kanchan Kapoor – daughter of Shammi Kapoor; married to Ketan Desai
  • Kunal Kapoor – younger son of Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal; married to Sheena Sippy, daughter of film director Ramesh Sippy
  • Karan Kapoor – elder son of Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal
  • Sanjana Kapoor – daughter of Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal; married to Valmik Thapar

Fourth generation[edit]


See also[edit]