Rishi Kapoor was born in Mumbai on September 4, 1952, and died on April 30, 2020, at the age of 67 after battling with Blood cancer for a year. In this article, we will read about Rishi Kapoor early life, his career, death, and much more.

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Rishi Kapoor early life

Rishi Kapoor was born as Rishi Raj Kapoor in Mumbai on September 4, 1952, to Raj Kapoor and Krishna Raj Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor was born in a Punjabi family and was the second son of actor-director Raj Kapoor.

Rishi Kapoor was the grandson of Prithviraj Kapoor. He completed his studies form Campion School, Mumbai, and later on did his graduation from Mayo College, Ajmer.

Rishi Kapoor fell in love with his co-actress Neetu Singh during the shoot of ‘Bobby’ and dated her alongside with other actresses.

He also dated actress Dimple Kapadia but after his father’s denial, ended his relationship with her. He married his 15-time co-star Neetu Singh on January 22, 1980. The couple has two children– actor Ranbir Kapoor and designer Riddhima Kapoor Sahani. 

Rishi Kapoor Film career

Rishi Kapoor’s first-ever movie role was in his father’s film Shree 420. Rishi can be seen walking with two other children through the rain in ‘Pyaar Hua, Iqraar Hua’ song of Shree 420. In 1973, he had his first lead role opposite Dimple Kapadia in the film ‘Bobby’ and became an instant hit among the youngsters. 

Rishi kapoor first movie in Bobby

From 1974-1997, he did films with solo leads and only 11 films did well on the box office while the other 40 films were a flop. The 11 hit films were– Bobby, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Banjaran, Heena, and Bol Radha Bol.

In the 90s, Rishi Kapoor’s film Deewana, Damini, and Eena Meena Dika were successful. Kapoor got plum lead hero roles a few times in two-lead hero films– Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, Badalte Roshtey, Aap Ke Deewane, Saagar then in the ’90s with Chandni, Deewana(1992), Damini(1993) and Gurudev (1994).

In 2018, Rishi acted in the movie ‘102 Not Out’ alongside with Amitabh Bachchan after 27 years.

In 2019, Rishi was seen in two films– Jhoota Kahin ka and The Body. These were his two movies that were released before his death on April 30, 2020. He was shooting ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ before his death. 

Acheivements by Rishi kapoor

1- In 1970 – Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards: Special Award, and National Film Award for the movie Mera Naam Joker. 
2- In 1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the movie Bobby. 
3- In 2008 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.
4- In 2009 – Honoured by the Russian Government for contribution to cinema. 
5- In 2010 – Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the movie Love Aaj Kal. 
6- In 2011 – Zee Cine Awards: Best Lifetime Jodi along with Neetu Singh. 
7- In 2011 – Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Actor for the movie Do Dooni Chaar. 
8- 2013 – The Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA), Best Actor in a Negative Role for the Agneepath.
9- In 2016 – Screen Lifetime Achievement Award. 
10- In 2017 – Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie Kapoor & Sons. 
11- In 2017 – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie Kapoor & Sons. 
12- In 2017 – Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role ‘Male’ for the movie Kapoor & Sons. 
13- In 2017 – Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for the movie Kapoor & Sons.

Rishi Kapoor illnees and death

In 2018, Rishi was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. He went to New York for his treatment and returned after a year in 2019. 

On April 29, 2020, he was having difficulty breathing and was rushed to Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. He died on April 30, 2020, after a reported cancer relapse at the age of 67. 

Film fraternity reacting to the death of Rishi Kapoor

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