Kapoors of Bollywood – An Evergrowing Saga

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).

Kapoor family of Bollywood
Kapoor family of Bollywood

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.

Kapoor family tree of Bollywood
Kapoor family tree

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.

44 thoughts on “Kapoors of Bollywood – An Evergrowing Saga”

  1. That’s a power-packed family tree. Indeed, the Kapoors are probably the scions of the Indian film industry… though definitely not up to everyone’s taste!

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  2. Wow-what a family tree of the Kapoor family, I was engrossed in it for a long. One of the iconic and the first family of Indian cinema have a large impact on the industry for sure. Good to see the family pic.
    Karz is the movie of past life, and song Ek haseena thi is one of my favourite.

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  3. I read Rishi Kapoor’s biography and am aware of most of the things you shared here about his family’s movie and theatre background. I’m his huge fan since childhood. It’s a legendary and foodie family indeed.

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  4. First the answer of quiz is Om shanti Om. loved the article and kappor family tree so much. Indeed kapoors have a major impact on our film industry.

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  5. I kept staring at this gorgeous family tree. Many names were unknown to me. It was nice to learn some new facts about the happening family, as well.

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  6. Great Research, Aditi. Even being a Bollywood die-hard fan, I came to know many facts about legendary families that are totally new. Like Prithviraj Kapoor had one brother also. Ranbir Kapoor’s full name is RanbirRaj Kapoor. This series is pure of my taste.

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  7. Kapoors have set a new trend in the film industry. Somewhere I am happy that Karisma entered film industry followed by Kareena. They did really great in films but in personal lives, they were’s that successful.

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  8. Great work Aditi…The Kapoors were great in whatever they did…I personally like Shashi Kapoor, he was an incredible man. Simple, elegant, family-loving, charming…..the true gentleman.
    Thank you for sharing this🧑


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