Rishi Kapoor

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Rishi Kapoor
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Born (1952-09-04) 4 September 1952 (age 64)
Chembur, Mumbai, India
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Neetu Singh (m. 1980)
Children 2 (including Ranbir Kapoor)
Parent(s) Krishna and Raj Kapoor
Relatives See Kapoor family

Rishi Kapoor (born 4 September 1952)[1] is an Indian film actor, producer and director known for his works in Hindi cinema. He received the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in his father Raj Kapoor's 1970 film Mera Naam Joker (1970).[2] Kapoor had his first lead role as an adult, opposite Dimple Kapadia in 1973 with the film Bobby and received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1974. Since then, he played leading roles as the romantic lead in 92 films between 1973 and 2000, of which 41 were multi-starrer films. Only 11 of the 51 solo hero films were successful.[3] He was honored with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.[4] He appeared opposite his future wife Neetu Singh in twelve films from 1973 and 1981.

Early life[edit]

Main article: Kapoor family

Kapoor was born in Chembur, Mumbai in a Punjabi Hindu family[5][6][7] as Rishi Raj Kapoor. He was the second son of film director and star Raj Kapoor. He did his schooling with his brothers at Campion School, Mumbai and Mayo College, Ajmer. His brothers, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, are also actors.

Few actors in Hindi cinema have had this sort of a career arc: from the gawky adolescent pining for his schoolteacher (Mera Naam Joker, 1970) to the naughty ninety-year-old (Kapoor and Sons, 2016), Rishi Kapoor has regaled audiences for close to fifty years. He won a National Award for his debut, became an overnight sensation with his first film as a leading man (Bobby, 1973), and carved a niche for himself with a string of romantic musical blockbusters in an era known for its angst-ridden films. He was the youth icon that is still the toast of the satellite TV circuit. The songs he lip-synced are the bread and butter of all radio stations even today. Then there was the second coming after a brief hiatus in the 1990s – as one of the finest actors in mainstream Hindi cinema with powerhouse performances in films like Do Dooni Chaar, D-Day, Agneepath and others. Characteristically candid, Rishi Kapoor brings Punjabi brio to the writing of Khullam Khulla. This is as up close and personal a biography as any fan could have hoped for. He writes about growing up in the shadow of a legendary father, skipping school to act in Mera Naam Joker, the workings of the musical hits of the era, his streak of rotten luck with awards, an encounter with Dawood Ibrahim, his heroines (their working relationship, the gossip and the frisson that was sometimes real), his approach to his craft, his tryst with clinical depression, and more. A heart-warming afterword by Neetu Singh rounds off the warmest, most dil se biography an Indian star has ever penned.[8]



Rishi Kapoor debuted in his father's 1970 film, Mera Naam Joker, playing a child. Kapoor had his first lead role, as an adult, opposite Dimple Kapadia in the 1973 film "Bobby". In an interview in 2012, he stated "There was a misconception that the film was made to launch me as an actor. The film was actually made to pay the debts of Mera Naam Joker. Dad wanted to make a teenage love story and he did not have money to cast Rajesh Khanna in the film".[4] Only 11 of the 51 solo hero films were successful at the box office and 25 of the 41 mutli-hero films were successful at the box office. Rishi Kapoor got 51 films as the solo lead hero from 1973-2000[9][10] but, of them, 40 were box-office flops and managed only 11 hits - which were Bobby, Laila Majnu,Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Banjaran, Heena and Bol Radha Bol.

In 1999 he directed the film Aa Ab Laut Chalen, starring Rajesh Khanna, Aishwarya Rai, Akshaye Khanna in the lead. His last film as a romantic lead was the delayed Karobaar: The Business of Love (2000). Rishi Kapoor has acted in Heena, directed by his brother Randhir Kapoor and his father, Raj Kapoor, and in Prem Granth, a movie produced by the three Kapoor brothers (Rishi, Randhir and Rajiv Kapoor) and directed by Rajiv Kapoor. In 1973 Rishi Kapoor bought a Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Bobby. Though his fans thought that he won the award but Kapoor actually paid Filmfare to award him for Best Actor in Bobby.


He moved on to supporting roles in the 2000s. He has since appeared in films like Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Hum Tum (2004), Fanaa (2006), Namastey London (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Patiala House (2010). He also appeared in the British films Don't Stop Dreaming (2007) and Sambar Salsa (2008). He reunited onscreen with Neetu Singh in the film Do Dooni Chaar (2010).

He also acted in the movie Chintu Ji in which he plays himself. In 2012 he appeared in a villainous role in Agneepath and in the multi-starrer Housefull 2 where he appeared with brother Randhir Kapoor for the first time after Khazana in mid-1980s. He made a cameo appearance in Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan along with his wife.

Personal life[edit]

Rishi Kapoor married actress Neetu Singh on 22 January 1980. The couple have two children; actor Ranbir Kapoor was born on 28 September 1982 and designer Riddhima Kapoor Sahani was born on 15 September 1980. Rishi is the paternal uncle of actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.

Rishi Kapoor's biography, Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored,[11] will be released on 15 Jan 2017. Rishi Kapoor himself has written this ‘uncensored’ biographical book along with Meena Iyer and the title is published under Harper Collins. ‘Khullam Khulla’ is a Hindi phrase that means candid and frank, which goes completely in line with the persona of Rishi Kapoor. The book incredibly sketches his life and career. From being a child actor in Mera Naam Joker (1970) to a naughty old man in Kapoor & Sons (2016), Rishi Kapoor has played numerous versatile characters on screen. There is a lot to tell about his larger than life glorious days and Khullam Khulla by Rishi Kapoor does justice to everything a true fan would want to know.



Year Film Role Notes
1955 Shree 420 Song "Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua" Child artist
1970 Mera Naam Joker Young Raju Child artist
1973 Bobby Raja Debut as Adult lead
1974 Zehreela Insaan Arjun Singh
1975 Zinda Dil Arun Sharma
Raaja Raaja
Rafoo Chakkar Dev
Khel Khel Mein Ajay Anand
1976 Rangila Ratan Ratan
Laila Majnu Majnu/Qais Al Amri
Ginny Aur Johnny Special Appearance
Barood Anup D. 'Pappu' Saxena
Kabhie Kabhie Vikram 'Vicky' Khanna
1977 Hum Kisise Kum Naheen Rajesh
Doosra Aadmi Karan Saxena
Chala Murari Hero Banne Rishi Kapoor
Amar Akbar Anthony Akbar Ilhabadi
1978 Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan Vishal Rai
Pati Patni Aur Woh Singer (Song: Tere Naam)
Naya Daur Mahesh Chopra
Badalte Rishtey Manohar Dhani
Anjane Mein Raja
1979 Sargam Raju
Salaam Memsaab Ramesh
Jhoota Kahin Ka Ajay Rai
Duniya Meri Jeb Mein Vishal Khanna
Aap Ke Deewane Ram
1980 Do Premee Chetan Prakash
Dhan Daulat Lucky R. Saxena
Karz Monty
Katilon Ke Kaatil Munna
1981 Naseeb Sunny
Biwi-O-Biwi Singer in Hotel
Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai Ravi Nanda
1982 Yeh Vaada Raha Vikram Rai Bahadur
Deedar-E-Yaar Javed Syed Ali Khan
Prem Rog Devdhar 'Dev'
1983 Bade Dil Wala Amrit Kumar Saxena/Vijay Kumar Gupta
Coolie Sunny
1984 Duniya Ravi
Aan Aur Shaan Hero
Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasan Salim Ahmed Salim
1985 Tawaif Dawood Mohammed Ali Khan Yusuf Zahi
Sitamgar Jai Kumar
Saagar Ravi
Rahi Badal Gaye Amar Lal/Pavan Kumar Saxena
1986 Naseeb Apna Apna Kishan Singh
Dosti Dushmani Prakash
Nagina Rajiv
Pahunchey Huwe Log
Ek Chadar Maili Si Mangal
1987 Pyar Ke Kabil Amar Kapoor
Hawalaat Shyaam
Khudgarz Singer
Sindoor Mr. Kumar
1988 Vijay Vikram Bhardwa
Janam Janam Sunil/Vinay
Hamara Khandaan
Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani Ram Dhanraj
1989 Naqab Imran
Hathyar Samiulla Khan
Gharana Vijay Mehra
Chandni Rohit Gupta
Bade Ghar Ki Beti Gopal
Paraya Ghar Hero
Khoj Ravi Kapoor
1990 Shesh Naag Bhola
Sher Dil Sanjay R. Saxena
Azaad Desh Ke Gulam Vijay Srivastav
Amiri Garibi Deepak Bhardwaj
1991 Ghar Parivar
Ajooba Hassan
Henna Chander Prakash
Ranbhoomi Bhola Nath
Banjaran Kumar Singh Sesodia/Suraj
1992 Bol Radha Bol Kishan Malhotra/Tony
Inteha Pyar Ki Rohit Shankar Walia
Honeymoon Suraj Verma
Rishta To Ho Aisa Vijay
Deewana Ravi
1993 Shreemaan Aashique Dushant Kumar Mehra
Sahibaan Gopi
Sadhna Karan
Gurudev Dev Kumar illahabad
Anmol Prem
Damini – Lightning Shekhar Gupta
Izzat Ki Roti Krishna
1994 Mohabbat Ki Arzoo Krishna
Eena Meena Deeka Inder "Eena"
Saajan Ka Ghar Amar Khanna
Ghar Ki Izzat Mohan Kumar
Pehla Pehla Pyaar Raj Singh
Prem Yog Raj Kumar
1995 Saajan Ki Baahon Mein Saagar
Hum Dono Rajesh
Yaraana Raj
1996 Prem Granth Somen
Daraar Raj Malhotra
1997 Kaun Sachcha Kaun Jhootha CBI Officer Karan Saxena
1999 Jai Hind
2000 Karobaar: The Business of Love Amar Saxena
Raju Chacha Siddhant Rai
2001 Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi Raj Khanna
2002 Yeh Hai Jalwa Rajesh Purushottam Mittal
Kucch To Hai Prof. Bakshi
2003 Love at Times Square Satellite Channel CEO Special Appearance
Tehzeeb Anwar Jamaal
2004 Hum Tum Arjun Kapoor
2005 Pyaar Mein Twist Yash Khurana
2006 Fanaa Zulfikar Ali Beg
2007 Don't Stop Dreaming Groovy
Namastey London Manmohan Malhotra
Om Shanti Om Himself Special appearance
Sambar Salsa Om Suri
2008 Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic God Special appearance
Halla Bol Himself Special appearance
2009 Luck by Chance Romy Rolly
Chintu Ji Rishi 'Chintuji' Kapoor
Delhi-6 Ali Beg
Love Aaj Kal Veer Singh
Kal Kissne Dekha Prof. Siddharth Verma
2010 Sadiyaan Rajveer Singh
Do Dooni Chaar Santosh Duggal
2011 Patiala House Gurtej Singh Kahlon
Tell Me O Kkhuda Altaf Zardari
2012 Agneepath Rauf Lala
Student of the Year Dean Yoginder Vashisht
Housefull 2 Chintu Kapoor
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Imran Cameo
2013 Chashme Buddoor Joseph Furtado
Aurangzeb Ravikant
D-Day Iqbal Seth
Besharam Inspector Chulbul Chautala
Shuddh Desi Romance Goyel Sahab
2014 Bewakoofiyaan V. K. Sehgal
2015 All Is Well Mr. Bhajanglal Bhalla
Wedding Pullav Luv Kapoor Cameo
2016 Sanam Re Akash's Grandfather, Daddu Cameo
Kapoor & Sons Amarjeet Kapoor


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  2. ^ "18th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Latest News, Breaking News Live, Current Headlines, India News Online". The Indian Express. 
  4. ^ a b "Proud of Ranbir's choice of roles: Rishi Kapoor - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 15 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Gooptu, Sharmistha (29 October 2010). "Bengali Cinema: 'An Other Nation'". Taylor & Francis – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations, and Analysis edited by Stella Bruzzi, Pamela Church
  7. ^ "South star Taapsee surprises Rishi Kapoor by turning out to be Punjabi - NDTV Movies". 
  8. ^ Jain, Madhu. Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema. Penguin UK. ISBN 9788184758139. 
  9. ^ "Since then he played leading roles as the romantic lead in 92 films which includes 41 were multi-hero films and 51 solo hero film.". 
  10. ^ "Rishi Kapoor vows to donate organs". 
  11. ^ "Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored" by Rishi Kapoor, Meena Iyer
  12. ^ [1] Archived 21 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Rishi Kapoor honored by Russian Government for contribution to cinema". Bollywoodhungama.com. 9 November 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  14. ^ "Winners of 5th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards". Bollywoodhungama.com. 8 January 2010. Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  15. ^ "Winners of Zee Cine Awards 2011". Bollywoodhungama.com. 14 January 2011. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  16. ^ "Priyanka, Ranbir win best actor awards at TOIFA". intoday.in. 8 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Winners of Times Of India Film Awards 2013 (TOIFA)". bollywoodhungama.com. 8 April 2013. 

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