Rishi Kapoor: The Prince of Romance in the Bollywood
Rishi Kapoor is an Indian film actor who gained superstar status after appearing in several Hindi films from the 1970’s to late 1980’s. He gained tremendous popularity as a romantic hero after serving the Hindi film arena with his 92 films till 2000. However, he failed to make his mark as a sole actor who could carry the entire film on his back. The only reason that out of the 92 films he acted in till 2000, almost half of them were multi-starer movies. And out of the remaining 51 films, he acted as the sole main lead, only 11 of them were successful. He hasn’t bid adieu to the Hindi film industries, as he makes frequent appearances with several Bollywood projects.
Rishi Kapoor Biography
Kapoor was born on 4th September 1952 in Chembur, a suburban area of Mumbai. He completed his schooling from the Campion High School in Fort, Mumbai while headed to Gujarat to complete his college education from the Mayo College in Ajmer. With a firm Bollywood background, his entry in the Bollywood was inevitable. He had an exuberant charm and the chocolate boy kind of looks which made his Bollywood eve smoother.
The Kapoor & Sons (Rishi Kapoor’s Family)
Rishi is one of the three brothers born in the Punjabi ethnic family with its roots deeply cemented in the Hindi film arena. Rishi was the second child born to the famous director, writer, actor, and producer of his time, Raj Kapoor and his homemaker wife, Krishna Kapoor. Both his brother, Randhir, and Rajiv both tried their luck in the Bollywood but failed to make an impression for a longer period.
The entire Kapoor clan belonged from the Bollywood fraternity. Rishi Kapoor’s paternal uncles were Prem Nath and Rajendra Nath, who both were successful personalities in the Hindi film arena. His paternal uncles, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor ruled the industry for quite a sometime during their prime. Ritu Nanda and Rimi Jain are his sisters. Kapoor’s family also has its connection with the family of Anil Kapoor, Boney Kapoor, and Sanjay Kapoor.
Rishi Kapoor Age, Height, and Other Numbers
Rishi Kapoor was known for his charming facial features, bewildering eyes, and his chocolate boy type aura. The era of the black and white didn’t boast the actors to have a perfectly carved physique. Therefore, there was no point of expecting 6-pack abs in that time. Anyway, we decided to mention all the numerical physical attributes about Rishi Kapoor all at one place.
Rishi Kapoor Body Vitals
Age: 64 years (as in 31st May 2017)
Height: 5 feet 8 inches, 173 centimeters
Weight: 88 kilograms, 194 pounds
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Chest: 45 inches
Waist: 38 inches
Biceps: 13 inches
Another Gem of the Kapoor’s in the Bollywood
Rishi made his Bollywood debut at a very early age in his father’s movie, Mera Naam Joker in 1970. Kapoor was featured as a child actor in the movie. His first movie as a fully grown actor was Bobby where he shared the screen opposite Dimple Kapadia. Well, many thought that Bobby was a Launchpad for Rishi’s career. However, he later confessed that Bobby was made to pay the debts of Mera Naam Joker and his father couldn’t afford the likes of Rajesh Khanna to star in the movie. The film flourished across all platforms and became one of the highest grosser at the box office in that year.
Kapoor simply couldn’t capitalize on the momentum he got from Bobby. He acted in a lot of movies, but most of the times, his co-stars would steal the limelight. He’d always play the second fiddle in the movies and was quite successful in it. Contrary, as the main lead, he could only manage to give 11 hits throughout his career.
He was seen on the screen for a total number of 12 times alongside his wife, Neetu Singh. Rishi Kapoor’s acting prowess was seen in movies like Kabhi Kabhie, Chandni, Dewaana, Gurudev, Damini, and Karz. Although he featured in several movies throughout his career, he couldn’t make a long lasting impression of a superstar on the masses. A handful of his to his name was all he received by acting as the main lead.
The last film he did as a romantic hero was the much-delayed venture of Karobaar. The film flopped, and Rishi accepted the fact of taking a halt from doing the lead roles ever again. However, it did not stop Kapoor from appearing in several movies with supporting roles. Lately, he is mostly seen portraying daddy roles for the lead actors in the movie. He proved his mettle by playing a Punjabi dad in Namastey London. Also, his role in the movie titled Kapoor and Sons got him the Filmfare of the best supporting actor.
Rishi Kapoor also tried his hands at directing films where he couldn’t garner much success. His first directorial project was Aa Ab Laut Chalein featuring Akshaye Khanna, Rajesh Khanna, and Aishwarya Rai in the lead roles. The film flopped big time, and he never turned to direction ever since.
Here is a complete list of Rishi Kapoor’s hit movies which make him one of the highly regarded celebrities in the Hindi Film industry.
Rishi Kapoor Hit Movies
- Karz (1980)
- Bobby (1973)
- Deewana (1992)
- Khel Khel Mein (1975)
- Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
- Naseeb (1981)
- Prem Rog (1982)
- Kabhi Kabhie (1976)
- Chandni (1989)
- Coolie (1983)
- Nagina (1986)
- Damini (1993)
- Kapoor and Sons (2015)
Regardless of his performance on the big screens, he featured in some of the most beautiful melodies to ever grace the B-Town till date. The romanticism and passion he exhibited in his eyes in those songs is what made him one of the best of his generations. Here is a list of hit songs from Rishi Kapoor that reverberate in people’s memories even now.
Rishi Kapoor Hit Songs
- Dard-E-Dil, Karz (1980)
- Jeena Kya Aji Pyaar Bina, Dhan Daulat (1980)
- Ek Hasina Thi, Ek Deewana Tha, Karz (1980)
- Dafli Waale, Sangam (1979)
- Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karenge, Khel Khel Mein (1975)
- Bachna Ae Haseeno, Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi (1977)
- Mitwa, Chandni (1989)
- Jab Se Tumhein Dekha, Damini (1993)
- Main Sola Baras Ki, Karz (1980)
- Ram Ji Ki Nikli Sawari, Sargam (1979)
- Dil Dene Ki Ruth, Prem Granth (1996)
- Ye Galiyaan Ye Chaubara, Prem Rog (1982)
Likes, Dislikes, and More
The things he likes the most is collecting sweaters. He is very fond of them and tends to purchase a handful of them wherever he travels. Apart from collecting sweaters, he loves staying active on the social media and is constantly taking jibes at all the happenings in and around the B-Town.
Favorite Superstars: Raj Kapoor
Favorite Food: Yakhni Pulao, Fish Fry, Paya, Chinese Cuisine, and Khatti Dal
Favorite Drink: Black Label whiskey malt
Relationships, Affairs, and More
As Rishi admits in his autobiography, his first ever girlfriend was Yasmin Mehta with whom he was madly in love with. They dated long before the movie Bobby was out. The duo were extremely close to each other but she parted ways after a magazine reported his closeness towards his co-star, Dimple Kapadia.
However, Rishi also claims that his fling with Kapadia was just a rumor and that she was already married to Rajesh Khanna didn’t bolster any such wrongdoings.
Finally, he found his soulmate in Neetu Singh on the sets of Kabhie Kabhi. The relationship blossomed to its glory giving another power couple for Bollywood. The couple tied the knot on 22nd January 1980. Neetu was about to drag Kapoor in the court for divorce due to his drinking issues, but somehow the couple managed to stay on. The duo has two children together, Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor. Ranbir is an established Bollywood actor while his sister is a well-known fashion designer.
Rishi Kapoor’s Rusty Controversies
Rishi has always been in the controversies. His twitter account is a perfect example to say the least. It is an accountable trend now that whenever some news spark in the media, Rishi Kapoor will purposely take a jibe at it. Jokes apart, but Kapoor has shut down the accusers with some fitting replies too. Just like his autobiography, his twitter account is a matter of controversy. He’s extremely bold and that’s what makes his bound to debates.
In his autobiography he revealed that he bribed 30,000 rupees to the Filmfare to make him win the best actor’s award for Bobby. If it hadn’t been the case, the award would’ve gone to Rajesh Khanna for Daag. Isn’t it the boldest ever confession by any Bollywood actor ever?
His twitter followers didn’t receive his tweets well as he claimed himself to be a beef eating Hindu. The moral police just couldn’t digest the fact and slammed the actor for the tweets. Kapoor was brave enough to stand by his words, and didn’t take it back even after a fury of the opposition.
Congress supporters named a toilet by Rishi Kapoor’s name after he accused Congress of naming public property with the Gandhi dynasty. His twitter account was full of abusers from their supporters. Othing new for raging Rishi’s twitter account.
Rishi Kapoor created a fuss at Asin’s wedding after he was unhappy about the loud music being played and bright lights. After the matter was about to go out of the hand, Asin’s husband intervened. Rishi left the party soon after, and the party just continued for an hour or two after he had gone.
Rishi’s Rupee Bank
For a career that has lasted for more than 5 decades in the industry, it leaves no doubts at all that Rishi Kapoor’s bank balance must be an amazing thing to stare at. He has been a national icon, and has endorsed many brands across the nation. Apart from that, he has more than 100 films to his name that add to his bank balance.
Rishi Kapoor Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Rishi Kapoor is calculated at $40 million. He has a huge bungalow at Pali Hill and has a wide fleet of cars for his disposal. He charges around 50 lakhs- 1 crore per film and is regarded as one of the highest paid actors in the 80’s. The youth style icon of that time made his mark on the Bollywood as the romantic prince of the industry.
Car Collection: Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz S-Class W222, Nissan X-Trail
Rishi Kapoor Social Media Buzz
Rishi Kapoor’s twitter handle is no stranger to people who love Bollywood. He is constantly in the news for his raging tweets over several outrageous issues. He is on twitter by the twitter handle @chintskap. Kapoor has 1.76 million followers on the short messaging site, and is a must follow if you ooze for continuous entertainment. Contrary, he isn’t on Facebook and is not to be seen on Instagram.
My Span of work! "Mera Naam Joker"to "102 Not Out" pic.twitter.com/nCOXr7NYRJ
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) May 21, 2017
Awards, Accolades, and Rewards
Kapoor has been a recipient of several awards throughout his career. He has also won a national award for his prolific acting in one of the films. From achieving the best actor award in his debut to winning the best actor in a supporting role for Kapoor and Sons, Kapoor has bewildered the magic on the industry for more than 5-6 decades.
Rishi Kapoor Awards
- Filmfare award for the best actor for Bobby (1974)
- Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award (2008)
- Filmfare award for the best supporting actor for Kapoor and Sons (2017)
- Screen award for the best supporting actor for Kapoor and Sons (2017)
- Filmfare critics award for the best actor for Do Duni Chaar (2011)
- Screen Award for the best villain for D-Day (2014)
- Filmfare special jury award (1998)
- Zee Cine award for the best actor in a supporting role for Kapoor and Sons (2017)
- Guild award for the best actor in a supporting role for Love Aaj Kal (2010)
- Zee Cine award for the best actor in a negative role for Agneepath (2013)
- National film award for the best child actor for Mera Naam Joker (1970)
- 2 IIFA awards for the best award in a negative role for Aurangbez and Agneepath (2014, 2013)
- Stardust award for the best actor for Do Duni Chaar (2011)
- Stardust award for the best actor in a supporting role for Kapoor and Sons (2017)
Although he has passed his prime a long time before, he leaves his mark on the people’s heart as the ultimate prince of romance. With prolific acting, flamboyant looks, and the prowess to exhibit romanticism like no one else, Rishi Kapoor defines his status as the top Bollywood actor and the evergreen king of romance.