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Overview (5)

Born in Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India
Died in New Delhi, India  (kidney failure, heart failure, asthma)
Birth NameRanbir Raj Kapoor
Nickname Showman of Bollywood
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Raj Kapoor was the son of well-known Indian actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who acted both in film and on stage. After apprenticing in the Bollywood production studios of the 1940's, at 24 years of age Raj Kapoor produced, directed and acted in Aag (1948), with his new company, RK Films. His next production, Barsaat (1949), was a smash hit. In 1951, he also produced, directed and starred in Awaara (1951), which was another megahit, and costarred Nargis, who had appeared in Aag and Barsaat. Awaara also gained popular acclaim in Russia, where the movie and songs were dubbed into Russian. The theme song, Awaara Hoon, was popular in the East for many years. Kapoor has been dubbed "a great showman," and a filmmaker in the purest Romantic tradition, as he strove to entertain as well as address social themes close to his heart. Awaara dealt with the question of what forms an individual's moral grounding, ("nurture or nature") while incorporating comedy and stirring love scenes; in Shree 420 (1955) he addressed issues of poverty, unemployment and national pride in the new Indian state at the same time maintaining the audience's interest in the romantic plot. While never revolutionary in tone, many of his films explore the ability of the individual to overcome economic and environmental injustice while maintaining his/her innocence and integrity. He is quoted as believing that the individual's struggles ultimately lead to the desire for love, to care and be cared for. This is consistent with his admiration of Charles Chaplin, and Kapoor's own "tramp" (Awaara, Shree 420, Mera Naam Joker (1970) is modeled somewhat on his mentor, though with a definite individual flair.

His films demonstrate an understanding of music and direction that continue to influence Bollywood filmmaking today. Also a musician, his understanding of the musical feel of his movies gives them a storytelling fluidity equal to that of the best American movie musicals. He surrounded himself with the foremost talents in filmmaking, acting, writing (Kwaja Ahmad Abbas'), music composition (Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal, 'Shankarsinh Raguwanshi'), and playback singers, including Mukesh, 'Mohamed Rafi', and Lata Mangeshkar. Kapoor continued to make films of varying critical and popular success up until his death in 1988, and apparently considered Mera Naam Joker his personal favorite. He is still a well-known name not only in India, but in the Middle East, SE Asia, and Eastern Europe. His descendants have attempted to continue the RK Films banner.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: marilyn-33

Family (4)

Spouse Krishna Kapoor (1947 - 2 June 1988)  (his death)  (5 children)
Children Randhir Kapoor
Ritu Kapoor Nanda
Rishi Kapoor
Jain, Rima Kapoor
Rajiv Kapoor
Parents Prithviraj Kapoor
Ramsarni Kapoor
Relatives Shammi Kapoor (sibling)
Urmila Sial (sibling)
Karisma Kapoor (grandchild)
Kareena Kapoor (grandchild)
Armaan Jain (grandchild)
Aadar Jain (grandchild)
Shashi Kapoor (sibling)
Ranbir Kapoor (grandchild)

Trivia (48)

Father of Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor. Also daughters: Reetu Nanda and Reema.
Grandfather of Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. His daughter's son, Nikhil Nanda, is married to Shweta Bachchan, daughter of fellow Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan.
Most important Indian film star of the 20th century together with Amitabh Bachchan
Formed one of the most iconic and romantic Hindi screen couples of the 50s with 'Nargis (I)'. Off screen, he was passionately and deeply in love with Nargis, while married to Krishna Kapoor.
Raj Kapoor was the highest paid actor with Dilip Kumar in Hindi Cinema from 1950-56 and the 2nd highest paid Hindi actor along-with Dev Anand from 1957-63.
Uncle to Bollywood actors Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Sanjana Kapoor.
Cousin to Bollywood director Vijay Kapoor and Bollywood actor Vicky Kapoor ( Har Har Mahadev- 1950).
Nephew of actor Trilok Kumar. (Prithviraj' s brother).
Uncle to actors Prem Kishen and Monty Nath.
Brother in law of Prem Nath ( wife's brother).
Nephew of actor Kamal Kapoor ( Prithviraj's cousin).
Grand uncle to Director Siddharth Malhotra and actress Akanksha Malhotra ( Prem Kishen 's children).
Uncle to actor / director Aditya Raj Kapoor.
Prem Chopra and Raj Kapoor married sisters.
Raj Kapoor's maternal uncle ( Mother's brother) actor Jugal Kishore Mehra , converted to Islam and married actress/ singer Anwari Begum. Their daughter was actress Nasreen Agha. Nasreen's daughter is Actress/ singer Salma Agha .This made Raj Kapoor a cousin of Nasreen. There for Salma Agha is the niece of Raj Kapoor.
Raj Kapoor's maternal uncle Jugal Kishore Mehra was not the biological father of wife'Anwari Begum's daughter actress Zarina ( Nasreen), He married Anwari Begum when Zarina was 5 years old. He adopted Zarina ( Nasreen ) and accepted her as his own.
Cousin of actor Subbiraj.
Cousin of actor Vijay Kapoor.
Uncle to actor Jatin Sial ( Sister Urmila 's son). His sister name is Preeti Sial Grover.
Grand niece is actress Akanksha Malhotra ( Nephew Prem Kishen daughter).
Grand nephew is director Siddharth Malhotra ( Nephew Prem Kishen son).
Grandniece Pooja Desai was a assistant director in Om Shanti Om. She is the granddaughter of Shammi Kapoor.
Grandson Armaan Jain is also a actor.
His nephew is Sanjay Kapoor the CEO of Talking Pictures Productions in Bahrain. Sanjay is the son of director Vijay Kapoor. Vijay Kapoor has another son named Ajay Kapoor. Ajay Kapoor is the Executive Director at Indra Media Pvt Ltd. Ajay is Zee Sports - Head of Programming. Ajay has also been a producer of several drama series. He has also been the Nimbus Television - Creative Director. Ajay has also been the producer of Ten Sports. Director Vijay Kapoor also has a daughter named Anuradha settled in India. Anuradha has a daughter settled in Australia.
Raj Kapoor was to direct a film titled "Param Vir Chakra" in the early 80's starring Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and a third star was to be finalized. Anil Kapoor was desperately trying to land the role. He even went and got a crew cut to impress Raj Kapoor. Major Ashok Kaul had written the script of the film. Raj Kapoor decided to shelve the idea of making the film and started Prem Rog. Years later Major Ashok Kaul used the same script and decided to direct the film with a fresh new cast .
His paternal cousin is actor Subbiraj. (Prithviraj's sister's son).
The album The Peter Moss Sound - R. K.'s Film Hits (Instrumental) had electro,disco instrumental's of Raj Kapoor' classic songs. It was recorded in London England in 1981 and released on Multitone Records LTD.
Raj Kapoor's driver (Sandeep Chakraborty) son named Chuky debuted as a baby in Yeh Nazdeekiyan. Chuky acted in more films as a child.
Daughter Reema Kapoor married Manoj Jain in January 1989.
Wife Krishna's brother Ravi Nath Malhotra was Dimple Kapadia's secretary. Ravi's son is director Karan Malhotra. Ravi has another son named Rakesh Malhotra who is married to actor Jagdish Raaj's daughter Roopa. Roopa is also the sister of actress Anita Raaj.
Starred in Bengali movie Bari Dadi as a child.
Starred in the shelved film Maik Pawar Productions "Umeed" ( Naya Ujala)(1981). Starring Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor,Amjad Khan, Pooja Saxena, Debashree Roy,Rajshekhar, Ravindra Mahajani, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo,Gita Siddharth, Satish Shah,Chandrashekhar, Music by Ghanshyam -Pyare Mohan , Produced by Dr. Maik Pawar,Written and Directed by Naresh Saigal/Dr. Maik Pawar.
Cousin of actor Pinchoo Kapoor.
Maternal nephew of actor and R.K.Studio manager, Vishwa Mehra. He was Raj's mother's cousin brother.
Nephew of actor Trikok Kapoor.
Cousin of actor Pinchoo Kapoor .
Starred in R.K.Nayyar Films "Teesra Kaun"(1963). The film was to be made in Hindi and English. Starring Raj Kapoor,Saira Banu,Joy Mukherjee, Music by Shankar Jaikishen, English dialogue - Arjun Dev Rashq, Story and Screenplay -Harish Kumar Mehra, Hindi Dialogues - Agha Jani Kashmeri, Produced and Directed by R.K. Nayyar.
Nephew's are actor Jatin Sial and actor, producer Mandhir Siyal. (Sister Urmila's children).
Vishal Goswami (Son of Manoj Kumar) released a ghazal album in 1988 called Surahi. He sang all the songs. The album was released by T Seirs. Raj Kapoor spoke a few lines in the beginning of the album.
There is a shelved film "Chhoti Si Duniya" that was being made in 1963. Starring Raj Kapoor and Nutan. It was being directed by Manmohan Desai. It got shelved when the financiers backed out .
Starred in the shelved movie Rawal Films "Chor Mandli"(1976) Starring Ashok Kumar,Raj Kapoor,Nutan, Vinod Mehra,Rita Bhaduri,Nutan, Bindu,Music Kalyanji Anandji, Directed by C.L. Rawal.
There were reports in 1981 that Raj Kapoor was to launch Rajiv Kapoor and a girl in a film titled "Bus Conductor". Nazneen was signed for supporting role. The project fizzled out. In 1993, Satish Kaushik was to direct a film with the same title with Anil Kapoor and Tabu, produced by Nitin Manmohan.
Raj Kappor has discussed several films he wanted to direct . He wanted to make a film titled "Main Aur Mera Dost", a double role film. It would be a light hearted film like Shree 420.
Raj Kappor has discussed several films he wanted to direct. He wanted to make a very subjective film titled "Make Up Utaro". It was about a actor who does not want to grow old, his wife and his women. It was a allegory about illusion and reality, the face and the mask.
Raj Kappor has discussed several films he wanted to direct. Raj Kapoor had worked out a subject titled "Grand Prix" immediately after returning from the Karvoly Vary with India's first Grand Prix from a major international film festival.
Raj Kapoor has discussed several films he wanted to direct. He wanted to make a film titled "The Hindu". The entire crux of Hindu philosophy and how it implies to good conduct in life in the new world.
Shashi Kapoor referred to actor/production assistant,Tiger Kapoor as friend in a interview "Junior G" magazine, dated May 1991. But in Madhu Jain's book "The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema", she states that Tiger was a cousin of the Kapoor's.

Personal Quotes (2)

Our people are gracious and kind. They go to all the trouble to go to a cinema, stand in long queues and procure a ticket. They go through the hustle and bustle, through the blazing sun and the thrashing rain, to see your film, and; as I have always said - if you do not cheat the audience, they are very kind to you. Don't make a fool of them. Do not take them for granted. They may not be as intelligent or as critical as other audiences, but why they have come there, they know: they want to be entertained.
There is nothing in this world except love. The more you spread it or give it, the more it expands. The more you accept love, the stronger it becomes. The more you bring out love, the better and greater you become. There are many forms of love. If you make it narrow, then it becomes selfish. Selfish love can benefit a person but he loses his significance.

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