Son of late legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor had his big breakthrough in Bollywood with 1973 film Bobby opposite Dimple Kapadia. Since then, he went on to play a mixed bag of positive and negative characters in movies like Amar Akbar Anthony, Karz, Prem Rog, Chandni, Bol Radha Bol, Do Dooni Chaar, Agneepath and Kapoor & Sons.
Rishi Kapoor has a house in Peshawar, Pakistan. It was constructed between 1918 and 1922 by Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor, the father of Prithviraj Kapoor, the first member of the family to enter the film industry. The Kapoors shifted to India after the 1947 partition.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with a 'dafali' a musical instrument he made popular.
Satisfied as an artiste, Rishi Kapoor, recently said the only dream he harbours at 66 is to visit his ancestral home in Peshawar. "I have been fortunate enough to visit Pakistan [he shot Heena there in 1990], but I would love to go there again. It's been 70 years and we are still fighting over Kashmir. Pakistan should realise India will never give Kashmir to them."
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with Amjad Khan's son Shadab Khan.
Talking about his career, you will be amazed to know that from 1973 to 2000, out of 51 solo hero films that Rishi Kapoor starred in, only 11 were successful at the box office, though his success rate was better in multi-starrers as he gave 25 hits out of 41.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor in a still from one of his films.
Tracing his journey, Rishi Kapoor was quoted saying in an old interview with mid-day, "I am not typecast as an actor. I am ready for everything. I have done negative, positive and even funny roles. That's what every actor needs to do to bring variety. Then only he will be called a good actor - he should be able to tackle any kind of role."
In picture: Rishi Kapoor looks rather pensive in this picture.
Rishi Kapoor has hits such as Bobby, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Chandni, Heena and Bol Radha Bol to his credits.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with Madhuri Dixit and David Dhawan.
Rishi Kapoor's Heena was a commercial as well as critically acclaimed film. Heena is one of the special films for Rishi Kapoor as the film's project was planned and started by legendary director Raj Kapoor. However, after he passed away during the filming stage, the remaining portions were directed by his son Randhir Kapoor.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with Heena co-stars Ashwini Bhave and Zeba Bakhtiar.
In 1999, Rishi Kapoor directed the film Aa Ab Laut Chalen, starring Rajesh Khanna, Aishwarya Rai and Akshaye Khanna in the lead roles. Though the music of the film became popular during its time, the film failed to shine at the Box Office. It is R.K. Films' last movie to date and also remains the only film Rishi Kapoor had directed in his career.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with Indian cricketer Tiger Pataudi.
While the veteran loves to entertain those turning up at cinema halls with his acting prowess, he said they will never be witness to his abilities as director again. After wielding the directorial baton with Aa Ab Laut Chalen, he confessed recently that he'd rather leave the stress on set when working on a film.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with son Ranbir Kapoor, wife Neetu Singh and brother Randhir Kapoor.
Talking about his stint in direction, Rishi Kapoor told mid-day, "An actor is a king. People will do salaam to you when you enter and exit the set. Directors or producers have to endure many hassles. I don't want to go through the stress of acquiring great box office collections. I am 66 and have been working for over four decades. Why would I take on something more challenging than I can handle?"
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with Govinda and Randhir Kapoor and other guests at a party.
Rishi Kapoor's collaboration with Amitabh Bachchan has given the industry masterpieces like Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Naseeb (1981) and Coolie (1983). His recent venture, 102 Not Out, saw him collaborate with Big B yet again. This one too did wonders at the Box Office.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor in one of his iconic songs.
Rishi Kapoor considers Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) as a film that's special to him. "People tell me today that even children love watching it. It is a timeless film, it is like watching Charlie Chaplin. You can watch it over and over again," said Rishi Kapoor in a recent interview with mid-day.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with Dilip Kumar.
Acting he said in the interview, is his passion, even if he never permitted his parents to notice how excited he was when he first harboured the thought of being an actor.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla in a still from a film.
When his father, the late Raj Kapoor casually spoke about including a young Rishi Kapoor in his project 'Mera Naam Joker', he was thrilled. "I ran into my room, took a sheet and started practising signing autographs. Cinema has his own charm. Movies are magical," said Rishi Kapoor to mid-day.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with Annu Malik, Saroj Khan and Madhuri Dixit
It's probably this admiration that Rishi Kapoor has for the industry that keeps him going. Even at 66, he has his hands full with his projects. After delivering films such as Mulk, 102 Not Out, he will be next seen in Parched director Leena Yadav's Rajma Chawal.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. The Kapoor family's Ganapati celebrations at R.K Studios was among the grandest in Bollywood.
Rishi Kapoor is also invested in the stage play based on his autobiography, Khullam Khulla.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with Nana Patekar in Hum Dono.
Rishi Kapoor, who had written his autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, was asked if writing has crossed his mind again after it. "No it really hasn't. I am an actor. Autobiography is different than writing, but yes I am very happy to let everyone know that 50,000 plus copies have been sold of my autobiography. Considering the fact that people in our country aren't crazy about reading books or autobiographies, still we have reached such a high number. I am very happy with the result that my book has become a top seller. I am thankful for all the love that it has received since I wrote everything from my heart," he said.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla have starred together in Bol Radha Bol (1992).
Rishi Kapoor is a name known across age groups. Though the above 40 folk know him for his films and lineage, the young folk on Twitter know him as the man who can't stop ranting.
In picture: Rishi with Juhi Chawla and Anil Kapoor.
Rishi Kapoor, who has mastered the art of tackling trolls, told mid-day, "I keep taking panga on social media. But, what I tweet is straight from the heart."
In picture: Rishi Kapoor in a still from 'Karz' (1980).
Talking about his personal life, Rishi Kapoor married his 15-time co-star Neetu Singh on 22nd January, 1980. The couple has two children - daughter Riddhima Kapoor, who is now an acclaimed jewellery designer and son Ranbir Kapoor, who is one of the A-listers in Bollywood.
In picture: Rishi Kapoor with wife Neetu Kapoor.
Rishi Kapoor, at a recent interview, opened up on his parenthood, saying, "I'm a loving father now but there was a time when my son and I didn't get along because I was so busy. I've never given my son the liberty of being on back-slapping terms with me. There was this invisible glass pane between us... It's like history repeating itself as it seems almost like my equation with my father. Now, I want Ranbir to get married, have some kids, so I can be a grandfather and make up for everything there."
In picture: An old photograph of Rishi Kapoor and wife Neetu Singh
Rishi Kapoor said his son-actor Ranbir Kapoor always wanted to be an actor but the latter had told his mother that he wouldn't wear a twisted cap on his head and have 40 dancers suddenly appear behind him. Said Rishi to mid-day, "He wanted a different career graph and took on serious films like Wake Up Sid and Rocket Singh. Some films, like Jagga Jasoos and Bombay Velvet, failed, but no actor has a 100 per cent track record. But as the saying goes, 'Form is temporary, class is permanent'."
In picture: A young Rishi Kapoor with his son Ranbir Kapoor.
We wish a very happy birthday to Rishiji.
In picture: (L-R) Bharat Sahni (Rishi Kapoor's son-in-law), Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, Neetu Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Samara Sahni (Rishi Kapoor's grand-daughter), Rishi Kapoor, Krishna Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor's mother).
As veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor turns 66 today, we look back at his journey through a compilation of pictures and interesting quotes from his personal and professional life
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