Kapoor family

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Kapoor family
Some members of Kapoor family on actor Randhir Kapoor's 70th birthday on 15 February 2017 at Mumbai.
Current regionMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Place of origin
MembersSee table below
Connected families
TraditionsIndian Punjabi Hindus[8][9][10][11]
Active since 1929; Prithviraj Kapoor acted in Alam Ara (1931), the first talkie film of India
Murli Mal Kapoor
Keshavmal Kapoor
Basheshwarnath Kapoor
Generation 1
Prithviraj Kapoor  · Trilok Kapoor  · Kailash Kakkar
Generation 2 (Prithviraj Kapoor's children)
Raj Kapoor  · Shammi Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor  · Urmila Sial
Ravinder Kapoor  · Devinder Kapoor
Generation 3 (Raj Kapoor's children)
Randhir Kapoor  · Ritu Kapoor Nanda
Rishi Kapoor  · Rima Kapoor Jain
Rajiv Kapoor
Generation 4 (Raj Kapoor's grandchildren)
Randhir Kapoor-Babita Shivdasani's children
Karisma Kapoor  · Kareena Kapoor Khan
Ritu-Rajan Nanda's children
Nikhil Nanda  · Nitasha Nanda
Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh's children
Riddhima Kapoor Sahni  · Ranbir Kapoor
Rima-Manoj Jain's children
Armaan Jain  · Aadar Jain
Generation 5 (Raj Kapoor's great-grandchildren)
Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt's children
Raha Kapoor[13]
Riddhima Kapoor-Bharat Sahni's children
Samara Sahni
Kareena Kapoor-Saif Ali Khan's children
Taimur Ali Khan  · Jehangir Ali Khan
Karisma Kapoor-Sanjay Kapur's children
Samaira Kapoor  · Kiaan Raj Kapoor
Nikhil Nanda-Shweta Bachchan Nanda's children
Navya Naveli Nanda  · Agastya Nanda
Armaan Jain-Anissa Malhotra Jain's children
Rana Jain
Generation 3 (Shammi Kapoor's children)
Aditya Raj Kapoor  · Kanchan Kapoor
Generation 4 (Shammi Kapoor's grandchildren)
Aditya Raj-Preeti Kapoor's children
Tulsi Kapoor  · Vishwa Pratap Kapoor
Kanchan Kapoor-Ketan Desai's children
Pooja Desai  · Raj Rajeshwari Desai
Generation 3 (Shashi Kapoor's children)
Kunal Kapoor  · Karan Kapoor
Sanjana Kapoor
Generation 4 (Shashi Kapoor's grandchildren)
Kunal Kapoor-Sheena Sippy's children
Shaira Kapoor  · Zahan Kapoor
Karan-Lorna Kapoor's children
Aliya Kapoor  · Zach Kapoor
Sanjana-Valmik Thapar's children
Hamir Thapar
Generation 2 (Trilok Kapoor's children)
Vijay Kapoor   Vicky Kapoor
Generation 2 (Kailash Kakkar's children)

The Kapoor family[14][15] is a prominent Indian show business family with at least 4 generations of the family over 95 years being active in the Hindi film industry.[16][14] Numerous members of the family, both biological and those who have married into the family, have had prolific careers as actors, film directors and producers.[16][14][17] "The Pioneer" founder of the dynasty was "The Patriarch", Prithviraj Kapoor,[16][18][17][19] who was the first member of family to begin acting in movies with his 1929 debut film Be Dhari Talwar.[20] He was a pioneer of Indian theatre and the founding member of Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA).[15][21] His son Raj Kapoor was the most influential actor and director in Hindi cinema.[14][15] The genesis generation or the earliest linear generation of the Kapoor family tree to ever act in the films was Prithviraj Kapoor's father, Basheshwarnath Kapoor, who debuted as actor in 1951 film Awaara, which was produced, directed and starred in lead role by his grandson Raj Kapoor.[18][17][22]

Due to their decades old participation in the Hindi film industry, the family is often called "The First Family of Bollywood".[14][17][16]

Prominent personalities related to the Kapoor family through marriage include Kumari Naaz, Jennifer Kendal, Geeta Bali, Neetu Singh, Babita, Valmik Thapar, Saif Ali Khan, Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Alia Bhatt.


The Kapoor family is of Punjabi Hindu Khatri origin belonging to the Kapoor gotra.[8][10][11][9]

Prithviraj Kapoor was the first from the family to pursue a career in films. He was born in Samundri, Lyallpur District, Punjab Province of British India (now in Pakistan).[1][2] His father, Basheshwarnath Kapoor, served as a police officer in the Imperial Police in the city of Peshawar;[23] while his grandfather, Keshavmal Kapoor, was a Tehsildar in Samundri.[24] His younger brother, Trilok Kapoor also became an actor; with his first role was in the film Char Darvesh in 1933, Trilok emerged as one of the most commercially successful actors of his era.

The family eventually migrated to Mumbai. 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",[25] became a noted Indian film actor, producer and director of Hindi cinema.[26]

Raj Kapoor married Krishna Malhotra in 1946. She was the sister of actors Prem Nath, Rajendra Nath, and Narendra Nath, as well as Uma Chopra, the wife of Prem Chopra.[27] They have 3 sons Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, and Rajiv Kapoor and 2 daughters Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain.

Shammi Kapoor married actress Geeta Bali in 1955 and had 2 children with her, Aditya Raj Kapoor and Kanchan Kapoor. Bali died of smallpox in 1965. Shammi then married Neela Devi Gohil of the Gohil dynasty of the erstwhile Bhavnagar State in Gujarat in 1969.

Shashi Kapoor married Jennifer Kendal in 1958. They have two sons, Kunal Kapoor, Karan Kapoor and a daughter Sanjana Kapoor, all of them former actors in Hindi cinema. Jennifer died in 1984 from Cancer.

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 children were unsuccessful in acting because of their European looks. His daughter, Sanjana Kapoor, ran the Prithvi Theatre from 1993[28] to February 2012, his elder son, Kunal Kapoor, runs an ad company, and Shashi's youngest child, Karan Kapoor, currently runs a photography company in London. Shammi Kapoor's son, Aditya Raj Kapoor, is an Indian actor, filmmaker, and retired businessman and his daughter Kanchan Kapoor is married to the son of Manmohan Desai.

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 was married to actress Neetu Singh; their son, Ranbir Kapoor, has established himself as a leading Bollywood actor, and their daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahani, is a designer.

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.[5][29]

Prithviraj Kapoor's cousin was Surinder Kapoor[30] Surinder Kapoor left Peshawar and came to Mumbai with help from Prithviraj Kapoor.[31] who was married to Nirmal Kapoor. His oldest son is Boney Kapoor who was married to Mona Shourie and then to Sridevi and is the father of Arjun, Anshula, Janhvi, and Khushi Kapoor. His middle son is Anil Kapoor who is married to Sunita Kapoor and is the father of Sonam (married to Anand Ahuja), Rhea (married to Karan Boolani) and Harshvardhan Kapoor. His youngest son is Sanjay Kapoor who is married to Maheep Sandhu and is the father of Shanaya and Jahaan Kapoor. His daughter is Reena Kapoor Marwah who is married to Sandeep Marwah of Marwah Films and Video Studios and is the mother of Mohit (married to Antara Motiwala) and Akshay Marwah (married to Aashita Relan).

Noted actor Kamal Kapoor, who was famous for playing the role 'Narrang' in the 1978 blockbuster movie Don was the maternal first cousin of Prithviraj Kapoor (their mothers were sisters) and so were his brothers Nandkishore Kapoor and Ravindra Kapoor. Kamal Kapoor had five children including Kapil Kapoor and Madhu Behl who married Ramesh Behl. Madhu and Ramesh Behl's son is Goldie Behl, who is married to actress Sonali Bendre, thus the Behl family is related to the Kapoor family by marriage.

Veteran character actor Subbiraj was the son of Kailash Kakkar, the sister of Prithviraj Kapoor and thus a first cousin of Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. His wife was Kumari Naaz.[citation needed]

Raj's, Shashi's, and Shammi's maternal cousin, Juggal Kishore Mehra, was a singer, whose step-granddaughter was Salma Agha who became an actress and singer in Pakistan.

Members of the Kapoor family[edit]

First generation[edit]

Kapoor family remains the only family in India to have four generations of film artists (c. 2009).[19][14]

The first generation of the family was led by Prithviraj Kapoor.[14][16] In 1929, Prithviraj Kapoor made his acting debut as an extra in his first film, Be Dhari Talwar.[20][19]

Notable actors of this generation include:

  • Prithviraj Kapoor – first son of Basheshwarnath Kapoor and the first member of family to enter the Hindi film industry; married to Ramsarni Mehra
  • Trilok Kapoor – Second son of Basheshwarnath Kapoor who went on to become extremely popular in the role of lord Shiva in the 1950s.
  • Kailash Kapoor Kakkar – daughter of Basheshwarnath Kapoor
  • Kamal Kapoor, cousin of Prithviraj Kapoor – their mothers were sisters, played the role of Narang in 1978 movie Don. Ramesh Behl is his son-in-law & Ramesh's son Goldie Behl is grandson.
  • Ravindra Kapoor, brother of Kamal Kapoor, appeared in many Punjabi and Hindi movies including Jitendra's 1971 movie Caravan & Amir Khan's 1988 movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (character of Dharampal Singh). Kapil Kapoor is his nephew.

Second generation[edit]

The second generation of the Kapoor family was led by three main Kapoor actors, Raj, and his younger brothers Shammi and Shashi. Among Kapoors of all generations, Raj Kapoor has been the most distinguished and prolific contributor as an actor, producer, director and in terms of his impact in enhancing Bollywood's international reach, India's soft power and diplomacy across the USSR, the Middle East, Africa and Palestine.[14]

Notable actors of this generation include:

  • Raj Kapoor – eldest son of Prithviraj Kapoor; married to Krishna Malhotra
  • Shammi Kapoor – second son of Prithviraj Kapoor; married to Geeta Bali (first wife) and Neila Devi (second wife)
  • Shashi Kapoor – youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor; married to Jennifer Kendal
  • Urmila Kapoor Sial – daughter of Prithviraj Kapoor; married to Charanjit Sial
  • Vijay Kapoor – son of Trilok Kapoor
  • Vicky Kapoor – son of Trilok Kapoor

Third generation[edit]

Rishi Kapoor, son of Raj Kapoor, led this generation and his two actor brothers, Randhir and Rajeev, remained in the shadow of his success.[14] Rishi was best known as a romantic hero; his charm and charisma quickly made him one of Bollywood's leading men of the 1970s and 1980s. He later took on more supporting roles and character parts.[15]

Notable people of this generation include:

  • 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 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 and Geeta Bali; married to Priti Kapoor
  • Kanchan Desai – daughter of Shammi Kapoor and Geeta Bali; married to Ketan Desai
  • Kunal Kapoor – elder son of Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal
  • Karan Kapoor – younger son of Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal
  • Sanjana Kapoor – daughter of Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal; married to Valmik Thapar

Fourth generation[edit]

This generation was dominated initially by Karishma Kapoor, followed by Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor.[14]

Members of this generation include:

Fifth generation[edit]

Members of this generation include:

Kapoor Family Memorial at Rajbaugh[edit]

The Samadhi (memorial) of Raj Kapoor, also housing memorial of his mother and father Prithviraj Kapoor, is at their family farm "Rajbaugh", which means the "king of gardens". Located inside the MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU), Rajbaugh lies off the NH65 on the banks of Mula-Mutha River in Loni Kalbhor village 30 km east of Pune in Maharshtra. Kapoor family sold a part of the 125 acres Rajbaugh to MIT-WPU which built a memorial for the Kapoor family on its campus. The memorial was unveiled in 2014 in the presence of Lata Mangeshkar and members of the Kapoor clan. The Kapoor family memorial has 7 pagodas showing elements of Raj Kapoor's movies and a museum or viewing gallery which shows family photographs and moments from his movie making from 1945 to 1990. Raj Kapoor shot many of his films at this farm, including Mera Naam Joker, Bobby, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, and Prem Rog. Kapoor's family bungalow inside the farm has been preserved. The popular song "Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho" was shot inside this bungalow.[32][33][34][14]

Photos of the notable members of the family[edit]

See also[edit]


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  13. ^ "Alia Bhatt 💛 on Instagram: "The name Raha (chosen by her wise and wonderful Dadi) has so many beautiful meanings… Raha, in its purest form means divine path in Swahili she is Joy, In Sanskrit, Raha is a clan, In Bangla – rest, comfort, relief, in Arabic peace, it also means happiness, freedom & bliss. And true to her name, from the first moment we held her – we felt it ALL! ❤️ Thank you Raha, for bringing our family to life, it feels as though our lives have only just begun. ☀️☀️☀️"". Instagram. Retrieved 24 November 2022.
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