Rishi Kapoor was an Indian actor known for his work in Hindi cinema. 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.
Rishi Kapoor was born Rishi Raj Kapoor, in Chembur, Bombay, in a Punjabi Hindu family. He is the second son of film director and actor Raj Kapoor. He did his schooling with his brothers at Campion School,Mumbai. His brothers are well-known actors, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor.
Rishi Kapoor debuted in his father’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker, playing his father’s role as a child. Kapoor 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). 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).
Personal Life of Rishi Kapoor
Kapoor married actress Neetu Singh, who he had worked with in several films, in 1980. The couple had two children— son, actor Ranbir Kapoor, and daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahani.
Kapoor was diagnosed with Lukemia 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. Kapoor was admitted to Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on 29 April 2020 after he had breathing difficulty. He died on 30 April 2020 from leukemia.
- Full Name: Rishi Kapoor
- Nickname: Chintoo
- Height 5′ 5¼” (1.65 m)
- Born: September 4, 1952
- Birth Place: Chembur, Mumbai, India
- Died: April 30, 2020
- Deathplace: Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, India
- Spouse: Neetu Singh (m. 1980–2020)
- Children: Ranbir Kapoor, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni