In today’s segment of ETimes BFFs (Big Film Family), we take you through the four generations of Kapoors who have been entertaining film and television buffs for years, and the fifth generation with only five years to go. Bollywood debut.
Prithviraj Kapoor is the son of Dewan Basheshwarnath Singh Kapoor from his first marriage. Prithviraj married Ramsarni Mehra in 1923. When they moved from Peshawar to Mumbai, they had three sons – Ranbirraj (Raj), Devinder (Devi) and Ravinder (Nandi). Devi died of pneumonia in 1930 and Nandi died a week later after accidentally taking a rat poison pill. Later in 1931, Shamsherraj (Shammi) was born, followed by Urmila and then Balbiraj (Shashi).
It is not wrong to say that Prithviraj gave birth to 30-40% of the Indian film industry. A college graduate, he wanted to study drama while still in Peshawar. At the time of partition, he decided to move to Calcutta, then the Hollywood of India. He started working and then brought his family to Calcutta. Aawara features three generations of Kapoors. While Prithviraj played a lawyer, his father Basheshwarnath was a judge and Raj Kapoor represented the accused.
He made his acting debut in 1928 with Bee Dhari Talwar and has since had a comprehensive filmography with evergreen films like Alam Ara, Boot Polish, Shree 420 and Mughal-e-Azam.
Prithviraj’s eldest son Raj Kapoor dropped out of school and studied film and theater for five years. He joined Prithvi Theater in 1944. He made his debut in 1947 with Neel Kamal. After that, R.K. He made a film titled Aag under the banner of the studio. But it was Barsaat who excelled him as a producer, director and actor. He became known as the showman of Indian cinema due to the roles and films he did. He was known as the Charlie Chaplin of Indian cinema and the Clark Gable of the Indian film industry.
Raj Kapoor married Krishna, sister of actors Premnath and Rajendranath, in 1946. They have five children – three sons and two daughters. Krishna was Prithviraj’s cousin, so she was also Raj’s aunt rather than his wife.
Raj Kapoor’s eldest son Randhir was born in 1947. He started as a child actor in RK Films films. He made his acting and directorial debut in 1971 with Kal Aaj Aur Kal. He became known as a romantic star in the 70s.
In 1971, Randhir married actress Babita, daughter of actor Hari Shivdasani. They have two daughters – Karishma and Kareena.
In the 90s, Karishma became the first woman in the Kapoor family to act in films. Kareena followed suit and became one of the most successful actresses today.
Karishma married businessman Sanjay Kapoor in 2003. They got divorced in 2016. Karisma has custody of their children Samaira and Kian, while Sanjay has visitation rights.
Sameera and Kian
Born in 2005, Samaira has done a short film called Be Happy. She has acted in films and is also recognized as a cinematographer. Kian is now continuing his studies.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Mother of two children Taimur and Jeh, Kareena is perhaps one of the busiest actresses of the present time with several films, serials and accolades in her kitty. She married Saif in 2012.
Rishi Kapoor made his Bollywood debut at the age of 20 with the film Bobby. Since then, he has had a huge filmography of over 150 films. He married Neetu Singh in 1979. They acted together in several films and were a hit romantic couple on screen as well. Khel Khel Mein, Kabhi Kabhi and Amar Akbar Anthony are some of her popular movies. They have two children – Riddhima and Ranbir.
Riddhima Kapoor Sahni
Riddhima is an established jewelery designer and also owns a label. She married businessman Bharat Sahni in 2006 after three years of courtship. They have a daughter named Samara.
Samara recently turned 12 years old. She often grabs headlines, especially her dubsmash videos with her uncle Ranbir Kapoor, which became a rage on the internet.
Ranbir Kapoor is the chocolate boy of Bollywood. He has a huge fan following and has many successful films like Wake Up Sid, Rockstar, Barfi!, Tamasha, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Brahmastra. He will soon appear in Animal. Last year he married actress Alia Bhatt and they have a daughter named Raha Kapoor.
Rima and her sister Ritu refused to act due to the Kapoor family’s decision. Rima is married to Rajiv Kapoor’s best friend, investment banker Manoj Jain. They have two sons Arman and Aadhar.
Armaan made his acting debut in 2014 with Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. Saif was instrumental in bringing Ranbir to the film, which was Ali Khan’s home production. Armaan was previously an assistant at Dharma Productions for three years and has worked on films like I Hate Love Stories, Ek Main Aur Ek Tu and Student of the Year. He married Anissa Malhotra in 2020 and they have a son named Rana.
Adar also started as an assistant director and later became an actor. He is known for films like Qaidi Band, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Hello Charlie.
Ritu wrote a book about Raj Kapoor in the 90s. The biography was originally written in Russian and has reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide. Married to businessman Rajan Nanda, she runs her own insurance firm. They have a daughter named Natasha and a son named Nikhil.
Nikhil studied in America and married Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter Shweta Bachchan in 1997. They have two children, Navya Naveli and Agastya.
Navya Naveli Nanda
Navya has a huge fan following on social media. She may not be interested in a career in Bollywood, but she recently launched her podcast What the Hell Navya, which featured her alongside her mother Shweta and grandmother Jaya Bachchan. She is also the co-founder of Ara Health, which works for women’s health.
Agastya, who completed his schooling in London, is currently making headlines for his much-awaited Bollywood debut with Zoya Akhtar’s The Archies.
Natasha has a successful career in banking and finance. She founded Rimari Corporate Art Services.
Rajeev rose to fame with the 1985 film Ram Teri Ganga Maili. Later he became a producer with films like Henna and Premgranth. Aarti was married to Sabharwal but later separated and divorced.
Shammi Kapoor made his Bollywood debut in 1952 and became a Bollywood sensation only after Junglee in 1961. He married actress Geeta Bali in 1955. They had two sons, Aditya and Kanchan. After Geeta died of smallpox in 1965, Shammi married Neela Devi in 1969. Neela never had children of her own, but she kept the whole family together.
Aditya Raj Kapoor
Aditya Raj Kapoor came into films just to have fun. For 5-6 years he did some television serials and whatnot, but stopped acting after his father’s death. Married to Neela Devi’s daughter-in-law Preeti. They have two children – Vishwapratap and Tulsi.
Kanchan married Manmohan Desai’s son Ketan Desai. They have two daughters Pooja and Raj Rajeshwari.
Urmila is Prithviraj’s only daughter. She is married to businessman Charanjit Sial and has four children – Anuradha, Preeti, Namitha and Jatin.
Jatin is the only member of the Sial family to have made a career in showbiz. He has worked in shows like Kasam Se and is a popular face on television. He also acted in films like Marriage and Aa Ab Lout Chaleen.
Shashi Kapoor started as a child actor in RK Films films like Aag and Aawara. He made his debut as a hero in the film Dharmaputra in 1961. He married Jennifer Kendall in 1958. He met her during a tour at the Prithvi Theater in Calcutta. They have three children – Kunal, Karan and Sanjana
Shashi Kapoor’s elder son Kunal Kapoor entered the acting industry in 1972 with the English film Siddhartha. He made his mainstream Bollywood debut with Shyam Benegal’s Junoon. He last acted in the 2019 film Panipath. Ramesh is married to Sippy’s daughter Sheena. They have two children – Zahan Kapoor and Shyra Laura Kapoor. Sahan made his acting debut with Hansal Mehta’s Faraz.
In the 80s, Karan acted in action films like Sultanat and Loha. He later turned to photography and lives in London with his wife Lorna Tarling Kapoor and two children, Alia Kapoor and Zach Kapoor.
Sanjana acted in films like Hero Hiralal and Salaam Bombay. She later gave up her film career to revive Prithvi Theatre. She was first married to Aditya Bhattacharya but they divorced. She later married Valmik Thapar, a tiger conservationist. They have a son named Hamir Thapar.