Born in South of Mumbai, Rishi Kapoor is the second son of film director and actor Raj Kapoor. He did his schooling with his brothers from Campion School, Mumbai. His brothers are all well-known actors, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor He was fondly nicknamed Chintu by his parents.
Rishi Kapoor made his debut in his father’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker as a young teenager in the year 1970. The movie went on to acquire a one-of-its-kind status and was commercially very successful at both overseas and in India! His first film as an actor in 1973 was a huge hit – ‘Bobby’ opposite Dimple Kapadia, a romantic tale which
became an instant hit with the youth catapulting Kapoor to overnight stardom.
His sizzling chemistry in the film with Dimple Kapadia ran stories of their link ups and much unneeded and uncalled for controversy happened over it. He was the ultimate King of Romance during the 80’s and he made many romantic comedy with none other than his wife ‘Neetu Singh’ as his female lead!
Rishi Kapoor starred in an array of hit and superhit film over the next two decades. In 1975, he was seen in ‘Khel Khel Mein’, going on to star in Yash Chopra 1976 film ‘Kabhi Kabhi’, with established and successful actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman and Rakhee. He was then seen in the 1977 hit flick ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, alongside Vinod Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. 1980s was a very lucrative decade for Rishi Kapoor, where he was seen in Subash Ghai’s hit film “Karz”. Rishi Kapoor has already created himself as quite a youth icon by then. In 1981, he starred in “Kaatilon Ke Kaatil”; “Prem Rog” in the year 1982; “Saagar” in 1985 and finally “Chandni” in 1989. These movies remain few of Bollywood’s most epic films and obviously the best of Rishi Kapoor..
During the 90’s he featured in many flop movies which proved costly for him as his stardom started fading, and younger actors entered Bollywood. He still had a few good assignments like “Bol Radha Bol” and “Deewana” in 1992 and “Damini” in 1993.
Since the advent of the new millennium, he has excelled in his perfecting himself playing supporting roles and starred in many hit films like Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Hum-Tum (2004), Fanaa (2006), Namaste London (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Patiala House (2010). He also appeared in the British films like Don’t Stop Dreaming (2007) and Sambar Salsa (2008). He reunited onscreen with Neetu Singh in the film Do Duni Chaar (2010) for which he won thhe Filmfare Critics’ Award for Best Actor.. He also acted in the movie Chintu Ji in which he plays himself. The film has references that pertain to Raj Kapoor, his father, his mother, his wife and his earlier films like Chandani, Mera Naam Joker and others. In 2012 he appeared in a villainous role in Agneepath and in the multi-starrer House-Full 2 where he appeared with brother Randhir for the first time. He made a cameo appearance in Yash Chopra ‘s last film as a director, Jab Tak Hai Jaan along with his wife. His negative roles are now being widely praised by the critics and media.
His next upcoming project is Abhinav Kashyap’s Besharam, which will also see his wife Neetu and son Ranbir in pivotal roles. The film is set to hit theaters on 2nd Oct, and is one of the most awaited flick of 2013.
So as a tribute to one of the greatest contributors to the Indian Film Industry, we salute you Rishi Kapoor, and also wish you a very Happy Birthday!