Kapoor at the premiere of 3 Idiots (2009).
15 February 1947 |
Chembur Bombay, India
(now Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)
|Occupation||Actor, Producer, Director|
|Spouse(s)||Babita Kapoor (1971–present)|
|Relatives||See Kapoor family|
Early years and family ties
Kapoor was born on 15 February 1947 in Chembur, Bombay, Bombay Presidency, India (now Mumbai, Maharashtra, Indian Empire) to Punjabi parents. He is an alumnus of Colonel Brown Cambridge School, Dehradun. He belongs to the famous Kapoor family who have been part of the Hindi film industry since the late 1920s. He is the eldest son of Raj Kapoor and one of the grandsons of actor and producer Prithviraj Kapoor. His wife is actress Babita and his daughters are actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.
Randhir first appeared as a child artist in Shree 420 (1955) and Do Ustad(1959).He became assistant director with the film Jhuk Gaya Aasman starring Rajendra Kumar in 1968. Randhir Kapoor made his acting and directorial debut with Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) which also starred his wife, father and grandfather. The film, produced under the R.K banner, was an average success.
After his debut, he acted in three consecutive hit films, all released in 1972: Jeet, Raampur Ka Lakshman and Jawani Diwani. Jawani Deewani was one of the biggest hits of that year. 'Raampur Ka Lakshman', costarred Shatrughan Sinha and Rekha, and was directed by Manmohan Desai, with music by R.D. Burman. After which remake of MGR’s hit 1971 film Rickshawkaran was made in Hindi in 1973 with Randhir as the lead hero opposite new heroine Neetu Singh but the film flopped though its music was popular. In 1974 he had 2 big hits – Hamrahi and the 2 hero film Haath Ki Safai as hits but Dil Diwana failed to be a hit at the box-office, in spite of its music being better than its predecessor Jawani Deewani. In 1975, two of his films, Lafange and Ponga Pandit, were hits, but his other two movies, Dafa 302 and Dharam Karam, were box-office failures. From 1976 till 1981, Randhir had solo hero hit films like - Khalifa, Aaj Ka Mahaatma, Bhanwar, Ram Bharose, Dhongee and his multi-star films like Chacha Bhatija (1977), Kasme Vaade (1978) (he earned a Filmfare nomination as Best Supporting Actor), Mama Bhanja, Heeralal Pannalal, Dhyanu Bhagat also known as Bhakti Mein Shakti, Chor Ke Ghar Chor, Biwi-O-Biwi: The Fun-Film were hits too. After the failure of the 1981 Harjaee, he got few offers to star or co-star in films. His film Nikkamma, begun in 1976, was finally released in 1983 as Jaan-e-Jaan, was also a dud. He starred in Sawaal and Pukar in 1983, and received critical praise for his performance, but they flopped nonetheless. In the same year, Humse Na Jeeta Koi received average collections.
Randhir played the lead hero in 34 films from 1971-1987 and 22 of them were box-office hits. Randhir Kapoor (tied with Dharmendra) was the third-highest paid actor from 1971-1975 and fourth from 1976-1983.He did 9 multi-star films and 25 solo hero films.
After his opportunities to star declined, he turned to producing and directing, and quit acting entirely after the 1987 film Khazana. He produced the blockbusters Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) and Henna (1991). The latter starred his younger brother, Rishi and Pakistani actress Zeba Bakhtiar. Heena resulted in a trip to Pakistan, where he was treated royally by then-president Nawaz Sharif, a fan of his father Raj, his uncles Shammi and Shashi, and of Randhir himself.
In 1991 he finished his father's last film Henna, which was in production at the time of his death, and earned a Filmfare nomination for Best Director. In 1996 he produced PremGranth, the directorial debut of his younger brother Rajiv, and in 1999 produced Aa Ab Laut Chalen, the directorial debut of his brother Rishi.
In 1999 he returned to acting with the film Mother alongside Rekha and Jeetendra and Rakesh Roshan. After another break he appeared in the film Armaan (2003). On 13 May 2007 he made an appearance on the television chat show Koffee with Karan with his brothers and sister Rima and his sister-in-law Neetu Singh appeared. On the show, it was mentioned how Randhir had been Neetu's first leading man in the film Rikshawala (1972), which was not a success.
Randhir married actress Babita on 6 November 1971 when he was just 24 after co-starring with her in Kal Aaj Aur Kal, as the couple fell in love during the shooting of this film. Their two daughters, Karisma Kapoor, born in June 1974, and Kareena Kapoor, born in September 1980, are Indian film actresses. The couple separated in 1988 as differences arose between the couple as Randhir's acting career slumped after 1983 and Babita wanted her daughter Karishma to be an actress. Babita left Randhir with her daughters. Although against his daughters becoming involved in acting, he eventually came around the idea and is supportive of their careers. The two reconciled in October 2007, having never divorced but lived separately for 19 years.
- Super Nani (2014)...Mr Bhatia
- Desi Magic (2014).... Ashok Sexena, Sonia's Dad
- Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013).... Siddharth, Ram's Dad
- Housefull 2 (2012)....Dabboo Kapoor
- Action Replayy (2010) .... Professor Anthony Gonsalves
- Housefull (2010) .....Kishore Samtani
- Armaan (2003) ... Gulshan Kapoor
- Mother (1999) ... Kumar Sinha
- Khazana (1987) ... Romela
- Humse Na Jeeta Koi (1983) ... Kishan Singh
- Pukar (1983) ... Shekhar
- Sawaal (1982) ... Vikram "Vicky" D. Mehta
- Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981) ... Ramesh Nanda (Guest Appearance)
- Harjaee (1981) ... Ajay Nath
- Biwi-O-Biwi: The Fun-Film (1981) ... Chander Mohan
- Dhongee (1979) ... Anand/Mr. Chimpaklal
- Aakhri Daku (1978)
- Bhakti Mein Shakti (1978)
- Chor Ke Ghar Chor (1978)
- Heeralal Pannalal (1978) ... Pannalal
- Kasme Vaade (1978) ... Ravi Verma
- Chacha Bhatija (1977) ... Sunder
- Kachcha Chor (1977)
- Mama Bhanja (1977) ... Bhanjaa
- Ram Bharose (1977)
- Bhanwar (1976) ... Anup/Balbir Singh
- Aaj Ka Mahaatma (1976) ... Randhir/Ranvir Varma
- Bhala Manus (1976)
- Ginny Aur Johnny (1976)
- Khalifa (1976)
- Dharam Karam (1975) ... Dharam
- Dafaa 302: Indian Penal Code Section 302 (1975)
- Lafange (1975) ... Gopal/Sadhu
- Ponga Pandit (1975) ... Bhagwati Prasad Pande/Prem
- Dil Diwana(1974)
- Haath Ki Safai (1974)
- Hum Rahi (1974)
- Rickshawala (1973)
- Jawani Diwani (1972) ... Vijay Anand
- Jeet (1972) ... Ratan/Ratanu
- Raampur Ka Lakshman (1972) ... Lakshman
- Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) ... Rajesh R. Kapoor
- Do Ustad (1959)... Young Jaggannath (as Master Daboo)
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