Kapoor family

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Kapoor family
Ethnicity Punjabi Hindus[1][2][3][4]
Current region Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Place of origin Samundri, Punjab, British India
(Prithviraj Kapoor in 1906 CE)[5]
Connected families Bachchan family[6]
Nath family[7]
Surinder Kapoor family[8]
Pataudi family
Tagore family[9]
Nanda family
Shivdasani family
Heirlooms R. K. Studio, Prithvi Theatre
Estate(s) Krishna Raj Bungalow, Mumbai, India
Active since 1929; Prithviraj Kapoor acted in Alam Ara (1931), the first talkie film of India

The Kapoor family is a prominent Indian show business family with a long history in Hindi cinema, many members of the family have had careers as actors, film directors, and producers.


The Kapoor family is of Punjabi Hindu origin.[1][3][4][2] Prithviraj Kapoor was the first from the family to pursue a career in films. He was born in 1906 in the town of Samundri in Punjab Province, British India.[10][11] His father, Basheshwarnath Kapoor, served as a police officer in the Indian Imperial Police in the city of Peshawar;[12] while his grandfather, Keshavmal Kapoor, was a Tehsildar in Samundri, Punjab, British India.[13] 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, made careers in the Hindi film industry. Raj Kapoor also known as "the greatest showman of Indian cinema",[14][15] became a noted Indian film actor, producer and director of Hindi cinema.[16]

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 became a film actress, although she had a short career.

Randhir Kapoor is married to Babita. They have two daughters Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, both of whom have found success in the film industry. Rishi Kapoor is married to actress Neetu Singh, their son, Ranbir Kapoor, has established himself as a leading Bollywood actor.

Nikhil Nanda, son of Ritu Kapoor, Raj Kapoor's daughter and Rajan Nanda, is married to Shweta Bachchan, daughter of the actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan.[6][17]

Notable members of the Kapoor family[edit]

First generation[edit]

Second generation[edit]

Third generation[edit]

Fourth generation[edit]

Family photos[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nirpal Dhaliwal. "Nirpal Dhaliwal: My Bollywood bit part | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b Gooptu, Sharmistha (29 October 2010). "Bengali Cinema: 'An Other Nation'". Taylor & Francis – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ a b Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations, and Analysis edited by Stella Bruzzi, Pamela Church
  4. ^ a b "Remembering an icon: Prithviraj Kapoor". 
  5. ^ Showman Raj Kapoor’s house to be converted into museum By Hidayat KhanPublished: 23 September 2012 http://tribune.com.pk/story/441304/showman-raj-kapoors-house-to-be-converted-into-museum/
  6. ^ a b "Nikhil Nanda & Shweta Bachchan - Take a peek at the business & political landscape of marriages | The Economic Times". Economictimes.indiatimes.com. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  7. ^ Bina Rai: The good old days Archived 2009-12-27 at the Wayback Machine. Screen.
  8. ^ Talk Back: Eye On India (Interview with Anil Kapoor) Ep33 Pt1. Dawn News. Retrieved 2012-08-23. I'm a Pathan's son... my father, my grandfather they were all Pathans from Peshawar... 
  9. ^ Sen, Shomini (13 October 2012). "What Sharmila couldn't do in her time, Kareena manages easily". Zee News. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Prithviraj Kapoor to Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor". 
  11. ^ "Prithviraj Kapoor (Indian actor) - Encyclopædia Britannica". Britannica.com. 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  12. ^ Untitled Document Archived 2009-05-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "rediff.com: Bollywood's First Family". 
  14. ^ "14th December 1924: Raj Kapoor, Indian actors and directors, was born". mapsofindia.com. 18 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "Raj Kapoor: The Greatest Showman". sulekha.com. 18 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema". hcl.harvard.edu. 19 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Nikhil Nanda: The business of life - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  18. ^ "Trilok Kapoor". 
  19. ^ "Ranbir Kapoor helps Armaan Jain to debut in Saif's Lekar Hum Deewana Dil". 
  20. ^ "Aadar Jain and Anya Singh new faces of Yash Raj Films". Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  21. ^ Chatterjee, Ashok (17 May 2006). "'I want to be a master of talent'". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 August 2007.