Education of Rishi Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor completed his studies from Campion School, Mumbai and later on did his graduation from Mayo College, Ajmer. Being the second son of the ace actor-film director Raj Kapoor and grandson of actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Rishi had acting skills in his blood.
Career of Rishi Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor did his debut film in his father's 'Mera Naam Joker', released in 1970. In this film, he played his father's role as a child. Rishi Kapoor had his first lead role in the film 'Bobby' with Dimple Kapadia. This film became an instant hit with lovely music track. Since then, he appeared in several movies. He played the lead role of a romantic hero opposite leading heroines. Following Bobby (1973), he starred in several light-hearted comedies within that decade, including, Rafoo Chakkar (1975), with Neetu Singh; Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), with Amitabh Bachchan; and Khel Khel Mein (1975) and Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) with Zeenat Aman. He worked with actress Neetu Singh for the first time in Zahreela Insaan (1974). The two would go on to share the screen in multiple projects, including Kabhi Kabhi (1976) and Doosra Aadmi (1976), and would eventually marry in 1980.
In 1980, Kapoor starred along with Tina Munim in director Subhash Ghai's reincarnation thriller Karz (1980), which went on to become a cult classic with popular music. In a role considered as one of his best works, Kapoor played an idealistic Devdhar in the 1982 film Prem Rog, a film based on the concept of widow remarriage, co-starring Padmini Kolhapure. Another highlight of his career, was Saagar in 1985, directed by noted director Ramesh Sippy, which saw Kapoor reunite with Dimple Kapadia, 12 years after they made their debuts in Bobby. He appeared as the second lead in several multi-starrer films in the 1980s such as Naseeb (1981), Kaatilon Ke Kaatil (1981), Coolie (1983), Dosti Dushmani (1986), Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1988) and Gharana (1989).
In the 1986 drama Ek Chadar Maili Si, adapted from Rajendra Singh Bedi's novel of the same name, Kapoor would play a man forced by customs to marry his widowed sister-in-law, played by Hema Malini. 'Karobaar' was the last film in which he acted in the lead role then he moved on to supporting roles with 'Hum Tum' (2004) and 'Fanaa' (2006). Rishi Kapoor also directed a film 'Aa Ab Laut Chalen' in 1998 casting Rajesh Khanna, Aishwarya Rai, Akshaye Khanna. He also acted in 'Namaste London' and an English-language film titled 'Don't Stop Dreaming', which is directed by his cousin Aditya Raj Kapoor.
In 1991, Kapoor starred along with Pakistani actress Zeba Bakhtiyar in Henna, a tale of love across national borders, which was envisioned by his father, Raj Kapoor, and directed by his elder brother Randhir Kapoor. Henna was India's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Kapoor also had a leading role in the 1993 film Damini, co-starring Meenakshi Seshadri and Sunny Deol, that went on to be considered a classic socially-oriented film.
Between 1973 and 2000, Kapoor's other film roles (mainly as the romantic lead) include Raaja (1975), Laila Majnu (1976), Sargam (1979), Bade Dilwala (1983), Chandni (1989), Bol Radha Bol (1992), Deewana (1992) and Karobaar (2000). Recently he has acted in the movie 'Love Aaj Kal' and 'Patiala House'. He appeared in the British English-language films Don't Stop Dreaming and Sambar Salsa. In the 2010s, he played diverse roles such as the villain in Agneepath (2012), Aurangzeb (2013) and Kaanchi (2014) in Student of the Year (2012), as a gay character, and in D–Day (2013) as real-life mobster Dawood Ibrahim.
He appeared with his brother Randhir for the first time in the multi-starrer comedy Housefull 2. He won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his role in Do Dooni Chaar (2010), playing a middle-aged father trying to buy his own car. He also bagged a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his work in Kapoor and Sons (2016). He also appeared in an action comedy movie Besharam (2013) along with his wife Neetu Kapoor and son Ranbir Kapoor.
After two decades, he had his on-screen reunion with actor Amitabh Bachchan in 102 Not Out (2018), in which the two play an old-aged father-son duo. In 2018, he appeared in the Netflix drama Rajma Chawal and was critically acclaimed for his portrayal of a Muslim in Mulk. In 2019, two films of Kapoor's were released: Jhootha Kahin Ka, a comedy-drama film directed by Smeep Kang and The Body, co-starring Emraan Hashmi, a mystery-thriller written and directed by Jeethu Joseph. Released on 13 December 2019, The Body would be Kapoor's last film. Hitesh Bhatia's Sharmaji Namkeen (2020), co-starring Juhi Chawla, was under production and four day schedule was pending at the time of Kapoor's death.
Awards and Honours of Rishi Kapoor
1970 - Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards - Special Award, and National Film Award for Mera Naam Joker
1974 - Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Bobby
2008 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
2009 - Honoured by Russian Government for contribution to cinema
2010 - Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Awards - Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Love Aaj Kal
2011 - Zee Cine Awards - Best Lifetime Jodi along with Neetu Singh, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for Do Dooni Chaar
2013 - The Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA), Best Actor in a Negative Role for Agneepath
2016 - Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
2017 - Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for Kapoor and Sons, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Kapoor and Sons, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male for Kapoor and Sons, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Kapoor and Sons.
2019 - Adidas Most Stylish Awards - Best Projected By Adidas
Filmography of Rishi Kapoor
1970 Mera Naam Joker
1974 Zinda Dil, Raja , Rafoo Chakkar, Khel Khel Mein
1975 Rangila Ratan, Laila Majnu, Ginny Aur Johnny, Barood, Kabhie Kabhie
1976 Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, Doosra Aadmi, Chala Murari Hero Banne, Amar Akbar Anthony
1977 Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan, Pati Patni Aur Who, Naya Daur, Badalte Rishte, Anjane Mein
1978 Zehreela Insaan
1979 Sargam, Salaam Memsaab, Jhoota Kahin Ka, Duniya Meri Jeb Mein
1980 Aap Ke Deewane, Do Premee, Dhan Daulat, Karz
1981 Katilon Ke Kaatil, Naseeb, Biwi-O-Biwi: The Fun-Film, Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai
1982 Yeh Vaada Raha, Deedar-E-Yaar, Prem Rog
1983 Bade Dil Wala, Coolie
1984 Duniya, Tawaif, Aan Aur Shaan, Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasan
1985 Sitamgar, Saagar, Rahi Badal Gaye
1986 Naseeb Apna Apna, Dosti Dushmani, Nagina
1987 Pyaar Ke Kabil, Hawalaat, Sindoor
1988 Vozvrashcheniye Bagdadskogo vora, Vijay, Janam Janam, Hamara Khandaan, Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani
1989 Naqab, Hathyar, Chandni, Bade Ghar Ki Beti, Paraya Ghar, Khoj
1990 Shesh Naag, Sher Dil, Azaad Desh Ke Gulam, Amiri Garibi
1991 Ghar Parivar, Ajooba, Henna, Ranbhoomi, Banjaran
1993 Shreemaan Aashique, Sahibaan, Gurudev, Anmol, Damini - Lightning, Dhartiputra, Izzat Ki Roti
1994 Mohabbat Ki Arzoo, Eena Meena Deeka, Saajan Ka Ghar, Pehla Pehla Pyaar, Prem Yog
1995 Saajan Ki Baahon Mein, Hum Dono, Yaraana
1996 PremGranth, Daraar
1997 Kaun Sachcha Kaun Jhootha
1999 Jai Hind
2000 Karobaar: The Business of Love, Raju Chacha
2001 Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi
2002 Yeh Hai Jalwa
2003 Kucch To Hai, Love at Times Square, Tehzeeb
2004 Hum Tum
2005 Pyaar Mein Twist
2006 Fanaa Kirron Kher
2007 Don't Stop Dreaming, Namastey London, Om Shanti Om, Sambar Salsa
2008 Airport, Kalash, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Luck by Chance
2009 Delhi 6, Love Aaj Kal, Kal Kisne Dekha, Chintuji
2010 Sadiyaan, Do Dooni Chaar
2011 Patiala House, Agneepath, Tell Me O Kkhuda
2012 Agneepath, Housefull 2, Student of the Year, Jab Tak Hai Jaan
2013 Chashme Buddoor, Aurangzeb, D-Day, Shuddh Desi Romance, Besharam
2014 Bewakoofiyaan, Kaanchi: The Unbreakable
2015 All Is Well, Wedding Pullav
2016 Chalk N Duster, Sanam Re, Kapoor & Sons, Badman
2017 Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi
2018 102 Not Out, Manto, Mulk, Rajma Chawal
2019 Jhootha Kahin Ka, The Body
2020 Ram Baran Singh, Kitty Boy
Personal Life of Rishi Kapoor
Kapoor married actress Neetu Singh. The couple had two children - Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor Sahni. 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.
His memoir talks about his battle with depression. While every actor faces stardom and failures in their career, Rishi was no exception. In his memoir, the veteran actor expressed his high expectations from his bollywood career post the release of his first film Bobby, which was a blockbuster.
Death of Rishi Kapoor
It was 2018 when the original chocolate boy of the Indian cinema was diagnosed with cancer. He died on April 30, 2020, after a reported cancer relapse at the age of 67.
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