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We miss you, Chintu ji!

What a year 2020 was! When we thought this year couldn’t get any worse, that’s when the news hit that stunned the film Industry. Son of legendary actor Raj Kapoor and one of the most talented man in the Kapoor Family, Rishi Kapoor passed away on30th April 2020, aged 67, after fighting a long battle with cancer.

On Chintu Ji’s 1st death anniversary, let’s look at the incredible journey of the actor –

Early Life and Education 

Rishi Raj Kapoor was born on 4th September 1952 in the Kapoor family of Bollywood. He was the second son of Raj Kapoor and Krishna Raj Kapoor and had 4 siblings, Randhir Kapoor, Ritu Nanda, Rima Jain, and Rajiv Kapoor. 

The actor did his schooling from Campion School, Mumbai, and completed his graduation from the prestigious Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan. 

5 Decades-long Filmy career

Bollywood was going to get a very talented and versatile actor in the form of a child actor in Mera Naam Joker(1970). Rishi Kapoor entered the glam world of Bollywood through his father’s film and won the National Film Award to his credit. 

Before making a full-fledged debut, Rishi Kapoor made his first on-screen appearance in the film Shree 420 (1955) at the age of 3. 

The actor played his first lead role in the movie Bobby (1973) alongside Dimple Kapadia, and every girl went gaga over Rishi Kapoor’s looks. 

After that, there was no stopping for Chintu Ji. The actor gave many hits such as Khel Khel Mein (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Naya Daur (1978), Sargam (1979), Karz (1980), Naseeb (1981), Prem Rog (1982), Yeh Vaada Raha (1982), Coolie (1983), Saagar (1985), Nagina (1986), Chandni (1989), Bol Radha Bol (1992), Deewana (1992), Damini (1993), Yaarana (1995), etc. 

Rishi Kapoor has acted in more than 100 films and had a film career spanned over five decades. The actor picked many versatile roles, from playing a chocolate boy to playing a full-fledged villain character. The actor has portrayed every character on the silver screen beautifully. 

From the 2000’s, Rishi Kapoor experimented more with his roles, and that proved to be a game-changer for him. He starred in many movies such as Namastey London (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009), Do Dooni Char (2010), Patiala House (2011), Agneepath (2012), Housefull 2 (2012), Kapoor and Sons (2016), 102 Not out (2018), Mulk (2018), etc.

Rishi Kapoor also made his way to the OTT platforms and starred in the Netflix movie Rajma Chawal. The actor never hesitated to experiment with his looks. 

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Personal Life

Rishi Kapoor married her girlfriend and 12-times co-star Neetu Singh. The couple has two children Ranbir Kapoor and Ridhima Kapoor Sahni. 

Hailed as Bollywood’s evergreen and most romantic couple, the duo gave many hit films such as Rafoo Chakkar (1975), Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Dhan Daulat (1980), Khel Khel Mein (1995), Amar Akbar Anthony (1997), Love Aaj Kal (2009), Do Dooni Char (2010) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012). 

The actor was very vocal about his opinion about India’s socio-political system and was very active on Twitter. He had good relations with his industry peers and earned everyone’s love and respect in the film industry. 

Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with Bone Marrow Cancer in 2018, and the actor went to New York for his treatment and returned in 2019. 

Awards and achievements

Rishi Kapoor has many Awards to his credit, such as Filmfare Award (Best actor) for Bobby in 1974, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, Zee Cine Awards for best lifetime Jodi with Neetu Singh in 2011, Filmfare Critics Award (Best actor) for Do Dooni Char in 2011, The Times of India Film Awards (Best actor in a negative role) for Agneepath in 2013 and Zee Cine Award (Best Actor in a comic role) for Kapoor & Sons in 2017. 

The actor was also honored by the Russian Government for his contribution to cinema in 2009. 

The actor was shooting for the film Sharmaji Namkeen before his death, but couldn’t complete the shoot. The movie is all set to release in September this year, and reportedly, actor Paresh Rawal has been roped to complete the remaining part of Rishi Kapoor.

We hope that the film releases soon as it will be a treat to watch Chintu Ji again on the silver screen, to where he belongs ultimately. 

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