Kapoor family of Bollywood, also known as the first family of Indian Cinema has a record of having spent at least five generations in the industry. More than 90 years have passed since Prithviraj Kapoor, the first from the Kapoor clan debuted in the film ‘Do Dhari Talwar’ in 1928. I remember him more for the blockbuster ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Rustom Sohrab’ and ‘Teen Bahuraniyan’. His acting prowess needs no introduction. The Kapoor family shifted to Mumbai from Peshawar( now in Pakistan) in the early 20s. Prithviraj Kapoor started his theatre ‘Prithvi theatre’ and his brother Trilok Kapoor started focusing on his acting career. He had been a commercially successful actor for many decades. You might have seen him as lord Shiva in many mythological movies along with Nirupa Roy (as Parvati).
Prithviraj Kapoor and Prithvi Theatres
After his short stint with acting in cinema, Prithviraj Kapoor founded his own ‘Prithvi theatres‘. The theatre troupe would travel from city to city to perform. He was continuously involved in Hindi cinema while nurturing his theatre. Prithviraj married Ramsarni in 1923 and had three sons, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. As we know, all of them were wonderful actors/producers/directors.
Raj Kapoor started RK Studios
Like his father, Raj Kapoor was also inclined to film making. He started his career at father’s Prithvi theatres and joined cinema as well. His first major appearance on screen was Aag (1948) that he also produced and directed. After that, there was no looking back. There are several superhit movies to his credit. Aan, Barsaat, Shree 420, Awara, Mera Naam Joker, to name a few.
Raj Kapoor married Krishna, sister of Premnath and Rajendranath. They had five children, Randhir, Rishi, Rajiv, Ritu, Reema. Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor were a part of many superhits. The craze of Kapoors in Bollywood continued.
Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor was the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor. His initial years were spent backstage at Prithvi Theatres, travelling eight months a year. He too entered the cinema and gave many fabulous performances.
Shammi Kapoor became an onscreen sensation after the release of his movie Junglee; do you remember the songs?
Randhir Kapoor and his daughters Karishma and Kareena
Randhir Kapoor’s daughters, Karisma and Kareena entered Bollywood against the family trend. As we all know, both took the popularity of Kapoor Khandaan to another level. Karisma married industrialist Sanjay Kapur but their marriage didn’t work. She has two children, Samaira and Kiaan. Kareena married Saif Ali Khan and became a member of the Nawab Pataudi family. They have two sons.
Rishi Kapoor and son Ranbir Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor was a great actor. His son Ranbir Kapoor is carrying the family legacy forward. He shares his name with his grandfather(Raj Kapoor’s real name was Ranbirraj Kapoor). With the great name comes great responsibility. He has a long way to go.
Our expectations from the fifth-generation Kapoor kids are quite high. Based on the family trend, their future seems to be secured in Bollywood.
Trivia of the day
Guess the name of the movie from this plot:
"A junior artist in movies is smitten by a popular actress. He is killed while trying to save her from a fire accident. He is reborn thirty years later to avenge her death."
The correct one with the fastest finger will be given a special mention in the next episode of Bollywood Gossip:)
The answer to the previous question is 'Anand' and the winner is Deepika Sharma! Congratulations!! It's your hatrick!!
This post is written as a part of Blogchatter’s A2Z challenge.