Rishi Kapoor Biography: Early Life, Illness, Death, Family, Film Career, Famous Dialogues and Awards

Rishi Kapoor Biography: Rishi Raj Kapoor was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) on September 4, 1952, and died on April 30, 2020, at the age of 67 after battling with cancer for a year.
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Rishi Kapoor Biography
Rishi Kapoor Biography

Rishi Kapoor was an Indian actor, director and producer. He won many awards for his outstanding performances in Indian cinema. Rishi Kapoor has enacted opposite to his wife Neetu Kapoor in twelve films. Kapoor died on April 30, 2020, at the age of 67 after battling with cancer for a year. 

Birth September 4, 1952;  Chembur, Bombay (now Mumbai), India
Death April 30, 2020; (67 years old); Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, Producer and Director
Active in Industry 1970-2020
Wife Neetu Kapoor; married on January 22, 1980
Children Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor

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Rishi Kapoor: Early Life, Family and Education

Rishi Kapoor was born as Rishi Raj Kapoor in Bombay (now Mumbai) on September 4, 1952, to Raj Kapoor and Krishna Raj Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor was born in a Punjabi family and was the second son of actor-director Raj Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor was the grandson of Prithviraj Kapoor. 

Rishi Kapoor completed his studies form Campion School, Mumbai and later on did his graduation from Mayo College, Ajmer.

Rishi Kapoor's brothers, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, uncles Prem Nath, Rajendra Nath, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor are all gems of the Indian cinema. Rishi Kapoor has two sisters-- Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain. 

Rishi Kapoor: Personal Life

Rishi dated actress Yasmin in his teenage days and broke up with her. As an adult, Rishi Kapoor fell in love with his co-actress Neetu Singh during the shoot of 'Bobby' and dated her alongside with other actresses. Rishi Kapoor also dated actress Dimple Kapadia but after his father's denial, ended his relationship with her. Rishi Kapoor married his 15-time co-star Neetu Singh on January 22, 1980. The couple has two children-- actor Ranbir Kapoor and designer Riddhima Kapoor Sahani. 

Rishi Kapoor is the nephew of actors Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendal, Shammi Kapoor, director Vijay Kapoor, Subbiraj, Prem Nath, Vicky Kapoor and Bina Rai. He is the brother-in-law of actress Babita Kapoor and paternal uncle of actresses Kareena Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor is the cousin of actor Kunal Kapoor, Karan Kapoor, Prem Kishen, Jatin Sial, Sanjana Kapoor, Salma Agha and Monty Nath. Rishi Kapoor is the son-in-law of actress Rajee Singh.

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Rishi Kapoor: Illness and Death

In 2018, Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. He went to New York for his treatment and returned after a year in 2019. 

On April 29, 2020, Rishi Kapoor was having difficulty in breathing and was rushed to Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. He died on April 30, 2020, after a reported cancer relapse at the age of 67. 

Rishi Kapoor: Famous Dialogues

1- Har ishq ka ek waqt hota hai. Woh humara waqt nahi tha, par iska ye matlab nahi ki woh ishq nahi tha.

2- Hum sainkadon janam lete hain. Kabhi pati-patni bankar, kabhi premi bankar, toh kabhi anjaane bankar. Lekin milte zaroor hai aakhir mein. Nahi milenge toh kahani khatam kaise hogi ? Ise pyar kehte hain. 

3- Nawazish, karm, shukriya, meherbani. Mujhe baksh diya aapne, zindagani!

4- Sabhi insaan ek jaise hi toh hote hai. Wahi do haath, do paun, aankhen, kaan, chehra. Sabke ek jaise hi toh hote hai. Phir kyun koi ek, sirf ek aaisa hota hai, joh itna pyara lagne lagta hai ke agar uski liye jaan bhi deni padhe, toh haste haste di ja sakti hai.

5- Duniya ke sitam yaad, na apni hi wafaa yaad. Ab kuch bhi nahi mujhko mohabbat ke sivah yaad. 

6- Sharaab peene de masjid mein baithkar,  ghalib, ya woh jagah dikha de jahan khuda na ho.

7- Mohabbat reet rivaaz nahi maanti, aur na hi woh lafzo ki mohtaj hai.

8- Bekhabar soye hai woh loot ke woh neendein meri, jazba-e-dil pe taras khane ko jee chahta hai. kabse khamosh hue ho jaane jahan kuch bolo, kya abhi aur sitam dhane ko jee chahta hai?

9- Jaane se pehle, ek aakhri baar milna kyun zaroori hota hai?

10- Yeh mulk toh meri maa hai, aur Mumbai shehar meri mashooka!

Rishi Kapoor: Acting Carrer

Rishi Kapoor's first-ever movie role was in his father's film Shree 420. Rishi can be seen walking with two other children through the rain in 'Pyaar Hua, Iqraar Hua' song of Shree 420. 

In 1970, Rishi Kapoor made a debut from his father Raj Kapoor's film 'Mera Naam Joker' where he plays the childhood role of his own father. In 1973, he had his first lead role opposite to Dimple Kapadia in the film 'Bobby' and became an instant hit among the youngsters. 

From 1974-1997, Rishi Kapoor did films with solo leads and only 11 films did well on the box office while other 40 films were a flop. The 11 hit films were-- Bobby, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Banjaran, Heena and Bol Radha Bol.

From 1974-1981, Rishi Kapoor paired with his future wife Neetu Kapoor, but the pair didn't create magic. Only multi-starter movies with Neetu Kapoor were hit--Khel Khel Mein, Kabhie Kabhie, Amar Akbar Anthony,Pati Patni Aur Woh, Duniya Meri Jeb Mein. The movies where Rishi Kapoor was in a lead role with Neetu Kapoor were flop-- Zehreela Insaan, Zinda Dil, Doosara Aadmi, Anjane Mein, Jhoota Kahin Ka, Dhan Daulat.  

From 1977-1994, Rishi Kapoor was offered the roles of younger brothers in multi-starer films. From 1976-2000, Rishi Kapoor acted in 41 multi-starer films and was cast as the second or the third lead hero. Out of these, 25 films were hit and 16 were a flop at the box office. 

In the 90s, Rishi Kapoor's film Deewana, Damini and Eena Meena Dika were successful. Kapoor got plum lead hero roles a few times in two-lead hero films-- Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, Badalte Roshtey, Aap Ke Deewane, Saagar then in the '90s with Chandni, Deewana(1992), Damini(1993) and Gurudev (1994). 

In 1999, Rishi Kapoor directed the film 'Aa Ab Laut Chalen'. In 2000, he did his last romantic lead in the film 'Karobaar: The Business of Love' which was a flop. After his several box office flops as the lead role, Rishi Kapoor did supporting roles in the 2000s. 

Rishi Kapoor also acted in the British films-- Don't Stop Dreaming and Sambar Salsa. In 2010, Kapoor paired with Neetu Kapoor in the film 'Do Dooni Chaar'. He also acted in a film Chintu Ji where he plays himself. 

In 2012, Rishi Kapoor appeared in  Agneepath as a villain and in multi-starer Housefull with his brother Randhir Kapoor for the first time.

In an interview in 2012, Rishi Kapoor stated, 'I landed in Bobby by default. 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 love story and he did not have money to cast superstar Rajesh Khanna in the film. So the story was converted to a teenage love story and I was cast.'

In 2018, Rishi Kapoor acted in the movie '102 Not Out' alongside with Amitabh Bachchan after 27 years. In 2019, Rishi kapoor was seen in two films-- Jhoota kahin ka and The Body. These were his two movies that were released before his death on April 30, 2020. Rishi Kapoor was shooting 'Sharmaji Namkeen' before his death. 

Rishi Kapoor: Awards

1- In 1970 – Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards: Special Award, and National Film Award for the movie Mera Naam Joker. 

2- In 1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the movie Bobby. 

3- In 2008 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

4- In 2009 – Honoured by the Russian Government for contribution to cinema. 

5- In 2010 – Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the movie Love Aaj Kal. 

6- In 2011 – Zee Cine Awards: Best Lifetime Jodi along with Neetu Singh. 

7- In 2011 – Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Actor for the movie Do Dooni Chaar. 

8- 2013 – The Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA), Best Actor in a Negative Role for the Agneepath.

9- In 2016 – Screen Lifetime Achievement Award. 

10- In 2017 – Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie Kapoor & Sons. 

11- In 2017 – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie Kapoor & Sons. 

12- In 2017 – Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role 'Male' for the movie Kapoor & Sons. 

13- In 2017 – Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for the movie Kapoor & Sons. 

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Rishi Kapoor: Films

1955-- Shree 420 (Appears in song "Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua") 

1970-- Mera Naam Joker (Young Raju) 

1973-- Bobby (Raja)

1974-- Zehreela Insaan (Arjun Singh)

1975-- Zinda Dil (Arun Sharma)  

1975--Raaja (Double role; Raaja and Inspector Ram)

1975-- Rafoo Chakkar (Dev)  

1975-- Khel Khel Mein (Ajay)

1976-- Rangila Ratan (Ratan)

1976-- Laila Majnu (Majnu / Qais Al Amri)

1976-- Ginny Aur Johnny (Special Appearance)

1976--Barood (Anup D. 'Pappu' Saxena)

1976-- Kabhie Kabhie (Vicky)

1977-- Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (Rajesh)

1977-- Doosra Aadmi (Karan Saxena)

1977-- Chala Murari Hero Banne (Rishi Kapoor)

1977-- Amar Akbar Anthony(Akbar Illhabadi)

1978-- Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (Vishal Rai)

1978-- Pati Patni Aur Woh (Singer; Cameo in the song "Tere Naam")

1978-- Naya Daur (Mahesh Chopra)

1978-- Badaltey Rishtey (Manohar Dhani)

1978-- Anjane Mein (Raja)

1979-- Sargam (Raju)

1979-- Salaam Memsaab (Ramesh)

1979-- Jhoota Kahin Ka (Ajay Rai)

1979-- Duniya Meri Jeb Mein (Vishal Khanna)

1980-- Aap Ke Deewane (Ram)

1980-- Do Premee (Chetan Prakash)

1980-- Dhan Daulat (Lucky R. Saxena)

1980-- Karz (Monty)

1981-- Katilon Ke Kaatil (Munna)

1981-- Naseeb (Sunny)

1981-- Biwi-O-Biwi (special appearance)

1981-- Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai (Ravi Nanda)

1982-- Yeh Vaada Raha (Vikram Rai)

1982-- Deedar-E-Yaar (Javed Sayeed Ali Khan)

1982-- Prem Rog (Devdhar 'Dev')

1983-- Bade Dil Wala (Amrit Kumar Saxena/Vijay Kumar Gupta)

1983-- Coolie (Sunny)

1984-- Duniya (Ravi)

1984-- Aan Aur Shaan (Hero)

1984-- Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan (Salim Ahmed Salim)

1985-- Tawaif (Dawood Mohammed Ali Khan Yusuf Zahi)

1985-- Sitamgar (Jai Kumar)

1985-- Saagar (Ravi)

1985-- Rahi Badal Gaye (Amar Lal/Pavan Kumar Saxena; Double role)

1986-- Naseeb Apna Apna (Kishan Singh)

1986-- Dosti Dushmani(Prakash)

1986-- Nagina (Rajiv)

1986-- Pahunche Huwey Log (special appearance)

1986-- Ek Chadar Maili Si (Mangal)

1987-- Pyar Ke Kabil (Amar Kapoor)

1987-- Hawalaat (Shyam)

1987-- Khudgarz (special appearance)

1987-- Khazana (special appearance)

1987-- Sindoor (Kumar)

1988-- Vijay (Vikram Bhardwaj)

1988-- Janam Janam (Sunil/Vinay)

1988-- Hamara Khandaan (Vishal)

1988-- Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (Ram Dhanraj)

1989-- Naqab (Imran)

1989-- Hathyar (Samiulla Khan)

1989-- Gharana (Vijay Mehra)

1989-- Chandni (Rohit Gupta)

1989-- Nighaen (Rajiv)

1989-- Bade Ghar Ki Beti(Gopal)

1989-- Khoj (Ravi Kapoor)

1990-- Sheshnaag (Bhola)

1990-- Sher Dil (Sanjay R. Saxena)

1990-- Azaad Desh Ke Gulam (Vijay Srivastav)

1990-- Amiri Garibi (Deepak Bhardwaj)

1991-- Ghar Parivar (Birju)

1991-- Ajooba (Hassan)

1991-- Garajna

1991-- Henna (Chander Prakash)

1991-- Ranbhoomi (Bhola Nath)

1991-- Banjaran (Kumar Singh Sisodia / Suraj Harmesh Malhotra)

1992-- Bol Radha Bol (Kishan Malhotra / Tony)

1992-- Kasak (Vijay)

1992-- Inteha Pyar Ki (Rohit Shankar Walia)

1992-- Honeymoon (Suraj Verma)

1992-- Rishta To Ho Aisa (Vijay)

1992-- Deewana (Ravi)

1993-- Shreemaan Aashique (Dushyant Kumar)

1993-- Sahibaan (Gopi)

1993-- Sadhna (Karan)

1993-- Gurudev (Dev Kumar Illahabad)

1993-- Anmol (Prem)

1993-- Damini (Shekhar Gupta)

1993-- Dhartiputra

1993-- Izzat Ki Roti (Krishna)

1994-- Mohabbat Ki Arzoo (Raja)

1994-- Eena Meena Deeka (Inder "Eena")

1994-- Saajan Ka Ghar (Amar Khanna)

1994-- Ghar Ki Izzat (Mohan Kumar)

1994-- Pehla Pehla Pyar (Raj)

1994-- Prem Yog (Yuvraaj)

1995-- Saajan Ki Baahon Mein (Saagar)

1995-- Hum Dono (Rajesh)

1995-- Yaraana (Raj) 

1996-- Prem Granth (Somen)

1996-- Daraar (Raj Malhotra)

1997-- Kaun Sachcha Kaun Jhootha (Karan)

1999-- Jai Hind (Gulroz)

2000-- Karobaar: The Business of Love (Amar Saxena/ Rohit Sinha)

2000-- Raju Chacha (Siddhant Rai)

2001-- Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi (Raj Khanna)

2002-- Yeh Hai Jalwa (Rajesh Mittal)

2002-- Kucch To Hai (Bakshi)

2003-- Love at Times Square (Special appearance)

2003-- Tehzeeb (Anwar Jamaal)

2004-- Hum Tum (Arjun Kapoor)

2005-- Pyaar Mein Twist (Yash Khurana)

2006-- Fanaa (Zulfikar)

2006-- Love Ke Chakkar Mein (Armaan Kochar)

2007-- Don't Stop Dreaming (Groovy)

2007-- Namastey London (Manmohan)

2007-- Om Shanti Om (Special appearance)

2007-- Sambar Salsa (Om Suri)

2008-- Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (Special appearance)

2008-- Halla Bol (Rishi Kapoor)

2009-- Luck by Chance (Romi Rolly)

2009-- Chintu Ji (Chintuji)

2009--Delhi-6 (Ali Beg)

2009-- Love Aaj Kal (Veer Singh)

2009-- Kal Kissne Dekha (Siddharth Verma)

2010-- Sadiyaan (Rajveer Singh)

2010-- Do Dooni Chaar (Santosh Duggal)

2011-- Patiala House (Gurtej Singh Kahlon)

2011-- Tell Me O Kkhuda (Altaf Zardari)

2012-- Agneepath (Rauf Lala)

2012-- Student of the Year (Yoginder Vashisht)

2012-- Housefull 2 (Chintu Kapoor)

2012-- Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Imran)

2013-- Chashme Buddoor (Joseph Furtado)

2013-- Aurangzeb (Ravikant)

2013-- D-Day (Iqbal Seth)

2013-- Besharam (Chulbul Chautala)

2013-- Shuddh Desi Romance (Goyal)

2014-- Bewakoofiyaan (V. K. Sehgal)

2015-- All Is Well (Bhajanlal Bhalla)

2015-- Wedding Pullav (Luv Kapoor)

2016-- Sanam Re ("Daddu") 

2016-- Kapoor & Sons (Amarjeet Kapoor)

2017-- Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi (Guggi Tandon)

2018-- 102 Not Out (Babulal Vakharia)

2018-- Mulk (Murad Ali Mohammed)

2018-- Rajma Chawal (Raj Mathur)

2019-- Jhootha Kahin Ka (Varun's father)

2019-- The Body  

2020-- Sharmaji Namkeen (last movie he was shooting before he died)

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