As reported earlier, in a shocking turn of events, actor-producer-director, Rajiv Kapoor left for heavenly abode at the age of 58. Rajiv died of a sudden heart attack at around 1.30 pm on February, 09, 2021.
Reportedly, he suffered a massive heart attack and was rushed to Inlaks Hospital in Chembur by his brother Randhir Kapoor, as it was the only medical center closest to his residence. But, despite repeated attempts by the doctors to revive him, Rajiv breathed his last there and left for heavenly abode.
Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor were the three sons of the legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor and grandsons of actor Prithviraj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor's other children include daughters Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain.
Now, as per fresh stories making rounds, late superstar, Rishi Kapoor ho passed away in April 2020, had expressed his concerns for his younger sibling Rajiv Kapoor and also made a lot of revelations about him and his relationship with him in his autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, co-authored by Meena Iyer and published by Harper Collins in 2017.
The veteran actor had also shared that his younger brother was the most talented among the filmmaker-actor siblings of the Kapoor cinema clan but he could never realize his true potential. He further went on to reveal how he believed that Rajiv was also a gifted pianist, had a knack for music and was a skilled film editor.
In the book, Rishi Kapoor revealed that he was closer to Randhir Kapoor, who was five years older to him, than Rajiv Kapoor, the youngest of the five siblings. Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor shared an "uneasy relationship" that they were able to bridge even over time, it says.
Rishi Kapoor said in the book,
I worry a lot about Chimpu (Rajiv's nickname) and feel sad that he has never been able to realize his true potential. He is the most talented of us and has an uncanny ear for music. He plays the piano superbly without ever learning it...- Rishi Kapoor
In his autobiography, Rishi Kapoor also praised Rajiv Kapoor's film editing skills, something he realised during the making of Aa Ab Laut Chalein, produced under the family's RK Films banner.
He did a commendable job as editor on my film Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) and could have been the best in the field, if only he had applied himself better...- Rishi Kapoor
In an acting career spanning less than a decade, Rajiv Kapoor made his debut in Ek Jaan Hain Hum (1983) and starred in the blockbuster Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985).
He went on to feature in films like Aasmaan, Lover Boy, Zabardast and Hum To Chale Pardes. Rajiv Kapoor's last film as a leading man was 1990's Zimmedaar.
A lesser known face from the famous film family, he then made a switch to production and direction. His first production was Henna (1991), directed by Randhir Kapoor.