Kapoor family

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Kapoor family
Ethnicity Punjabi Hindus[1][2]
Current region Mumbai, India
Place of origin Samundri, Punjab, British India[3]
Connected families Bachchan family[4]
Traditions Hindu[1][2]
Heirlooms R. K. Studio
Estate Krishna Raj Bungalow
Active since 1929; Prithviraj Kapoor acted in Alam Ara (1931), 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 had careers as actors, film directors, and producers.


The Kapoor family is of Punjabi 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 in the Indian Imperial Police in the city of Peshawar;[9] while his grandfather, Keshavmal Kapoor, was a Tehsildar in Samundri, Punjab, British India.[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 became a film actress, although she had a short career.

The daughters of Randhir Kapoor and Babita, 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 the actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan.[4][11]

Notable members of the Kapoor family[edit]

First generation[edit]

Second generation[edit]

Third generation[edit]

Fourth generation[edit]

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