Rishi Kapoor: Bollywood’s Chintu ji

Rishi Kapoor aka Chintu was an Indian actor known for his work in Hindi cinema.

Rishi Kapoor was born Rishi Raj Kapoor, on 4 September 1952 in Chembur, Bombay, in a Punjabi Hindu family.

He was the second son of actor-director Raj Kapoor and his wife Krishna Raj Kapoor (née Malhotra). He was the grandson of actor Prithviraj Kapoor. His brothers, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, maternal uncles, Prem Nath, Rajendra Nath, Narendra Nath and Prem Chopra, and paternal uncles, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, were all actors. He had two sisters, insurance agent Ritu Nanda and late Rima Jain.

Kapoor attended Campion School, Mumbai and Mayo College, Ajmer.

Kapoor’s first on-screen appearance was a cameo at around age three, in the song “Pyar Hua, Iqrar Hua Hai”, in his father Raj Kapoor’s Shree 420.

He received the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his debut role in his father Raj Kapoor’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker.

He had his first lead role as an adult, opposite Dimple Kapadia, in the teen romance Bobby (1973), which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. The film went on to become one of the decade’s biggest hits in India

He played leading roles as the romantic lead in 92 films between 1973 and 2000.

Some of his notable films during this period were Khel Khel Mein (1975), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Karz (1980), and Chandni (1989). Since the 2000s, he played character roles to critical acclaim in Love Aaj Kal (2009), Agneepath (2012), and Mulk (2018).

Kapoor debuted as director in Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999)

Kapoor successfully transitioned to character acting in the early 2000s, and went on to appear in several successful films in supporting roles including as an antagonist in Agneepath (2012) and a gay character in Student of the Year (2012)

For his performance in Do Dooni Chaar (2010), he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, and for his role in Kapoor & Sons (2016), he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

His final film appearance was in The Body (2019).

Sharmaji Namkeen directed by Hitesh Bhatia, with Juhi Chawla was under production at the time of his death.

Kapoor often collaborated with his wife, the actress Neetu Singh, with whom he had two children, including Ranbir Kapoor.

Kapoor’s autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, was released on 15 January 2017. Kapoor wrote the book along with Meena Iyer, and the title was published under Harper Collins.

Kapoor was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in 2018 and went to New York City for treatment. After a successful treatment for over a year, Kapoor returned to India on 26 September 2019

He died on 30 April 2020 from complications of bone marrow cancer, aged 67.


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