There's no better way to start a new year than to pay
tribute to one of our very own veteran members of Tinsel town. An actor,
producer and director, Rishi Kapoor
is one of the few gems of yesteryear that
Bollywood still loves to see to this day.
Hailing from a family of stars, it was probably no surprise
to anyone when Rishi, born Rishi Raj Kapoor, followed his father, film
and star Raj Kapoor, into the industry. The second son of three, Rishi
schooling with his brothers at Campion School in Mumbai, and then Mayo
in Ajmer. Both his brothers Randhir and Rajiv are also well-known actors
in the industry.
His wife, Neetu Singh
, and his son, Ranbir Kapoor
members of the Bollywood fraternity. His daughter, Riddhima Kapoor
Sahani, is a
designer and possibly the only member of the esteemed Kapoor clan to not
on the big screen. He is the paternal uncle to actress-sisters Karisma
Kapoor debuted on the big screen in his father's 1970 hit Mera
, where he played the child version of father's character. His
first lead role came three years later in the popular film Bobby
he starred opposite the beautiful Dimple Kapadia
. This role led to him play the
romantic lead in about ninety odd films between 1973 and 2000. He appeared opposite
his real-life wife in twelve films, including Khel Khel Mein
(1975), Kabhie Kabhie
(1977), Pati, Patni Aur Woh
(1978) and Duniya
Meri Jab Mein
(1979). Somehow, their jodi
onscreen was only a hit in multi-star cast films, the
exception being Rafoo Chakkar
While he acted as the solo lead hero in many films between 1973
and 1997, only a total of eleven of his films were hits at the box office. He
moved on to playing the younger brother of the main lead in many films between
1977 and 1994. He directed Aa Ab Laut Chalen
in 1999, which
starred Rajesh Khanna
, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
, Akshaye Khanna
, Kader Khan
and Jaspal Bhatti
. His last film as a romantic lead was the 5-year
delayed Karobaar: The Business of Love
, which came out in 2000 and
In the 2000s, he moved on to playing supporting roles, as
the parent or mentor figure to the protagonists. He has since appeared in many
hits such as Hum Tum
(2007), Love Aaj Kal
(2009) and Patiala
(2010). He has also appeared in British films Don't Stop
(2007) and Sambar Salsa
(2008). He and his
wife reunited onscreen in the film Do Dooni Chaar
after many years.
He received the National Film Award in 1971 for his debut
role as a child artist and the Filmfare Best Actor Award for Bobby in
1974. Throughout the years, Rishi has received numerous accolades, including
the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Did You Know
acted in Heena (1991), which was directed by his brother
Randhir and their father Raj, and in Prem Granth (1996),
which was a movie produced by him and his brothers and directed by Rajiv.
- He has
appeared as himself in the movie Chintu Ji (2009).
multi-starrer Housefull 2 (2012) was the first time that
brothers Randhir and Rishi appeared onscreen together after Khazana in
BollyCurry wishes the best for the evergreen romantic
hero, in both his professional and personal lives. Until our next edition of
Fragrance of Yesteryears, enjoy some of Rishi's films.
Writer: Aradhna K.
Editor(s): Mohini N. and Gunia K.
Graphics: Shikha A.
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