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Birthday Special: The best of Rishi Kapoor


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Rishi Kapoor was born on the 4th of September in the year 1952 to the first family of Indian cinema, the Kapoors. Ever since his first appearance as a male lead in the 1973 Raj Kapoor film Bobby, he turned into an overnight star. Just at the age of 21, he was touted as the perfect heir to carry forward the rich legacy of Raj Kapoor, thanks to his chocolate boy charm and acting chops. His journey from his debut film Bobby to his last appearance in Mulk has been nothing short of exceptional with him delivering tons of stellar performances that will forever be remembered by the fans of the veteran actor. So, on the occasion of his 66th birthday, we list some of Rishi Kapoor’s best work…

Bobby (1973)
Director: Raj Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor came in the limelight with a Raj Kapoor directorial that went on to become one of highest grossing Indian films at the time of release. Starring debutante Dimple Kapadia, Bobby also was Rishi Kapoor’s first role as lead after impressing with cameos in films like Mera Naam Joker and Shree 420. Interestingly, Rishi Kapoor revealed in an interview that Bobby was made to write off the debts of Mera Naam Joker and the reason he was picked to play lead was because other actors were too ‘pricey’ at the time. Even though he might have got his big break after a lucky chance, he sure made the most of it. Bobby’s story revolved around two teenagers head over heels in love with each other but had to fight for their love as they came from different backgrounds. Bobby started the trend of rebel love, which is pretty common in movies today.

Laila Majnu (1976)
Director: H. S. Rawail

Rishi Kapoor

Laila Majnu is a love story that has been told plenty times before. However, Rishi Kapoor’s performance as the heartbroken Majnu made this movie special for the audience. The story revolves around Kaish and Laila (Ranjeeta Kaur), who were born in the rival clans of the Amaris and the Sharwaris respectively. As it turns out, Kaish and Laila were destined to be together, as one pain turned into another’s wound. Even though Kaish and Laila were never able to unite, their everlasting love for each other was extremely heartwarming.

Amar, Akbar and Anthony (1977)
Director: Manmohan Desai

Rishi Kapoor

Amar, Akbar and Anthony is a story of three brothers who were separated as children and end up growing in a different faith. Rishi Kapoor portrayed the character of Akbar, a muslim who grows up to be a Qawaali singer. The film also featured Vinod Khanna, who plays the character of Amar, a hindu police officer and Anthony (Amitabh Bachchan), a small time hoodlum. Rishi Kapoor’s character was loved by the audience as it provided a comic relief in the film.

Even though the screen space is divided amongst three big stalwarts of Indian cinema, the fun and emotions ride high on this one.

Sargam (1979)
Director: Kasinathuni Viswanath

Rishi Kapoor

The extremely popular song ‘Dafli Waale’ is from Sangam. In fact, the song became so popular across the country, that a picture of Rishi Kapoor playing a dafli even featured in the posters of the film. The story is about a deaf lass by the name of Hema (Jaya Prada). Hema was always ridiculed by her stepmother and stepsister because of her condition. However, she finds solace in a musician called Raju (Rishi Kapoor). Raju helps her accomplish her life long dream of becoming a dancer and the two eventually fall in love.


Karz (1980)
Director: Subhash Ghai

Rishi Kapoor

In this context, ‘Karz’ refers to a debt from a past life. Rishi Kapoor plays the role of Ravi Kumar, and returns 20 years later as Monty. Ravi, the owner of a thriving business and a massive estate in Coonoor along with her mother is forced by his girlfriend Kaamini into getting married, who later pushes him off a cliff to death. 20 years later, he is born again by the name of Monty and constantly keeps getting visions in his head, which are nothing but his memories from Ravi’s life. Eventually, he exposes all the vile deeds of Kamini and is able to reunite with his family. Karz is probably the first Bollywood film that will come to mind when one mentions the genre of reincarnation.



Prem Rog (1982)
Director: Raj Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor

One of Rishi Kapoor’s highly acclaimed performances for sure. This Raj Kapoor’s saga boasted a perfect amalgamation of romance and tragedy. Dev and Manorama (Padmini Kolhapure) are two childhood friends but are separated later as Dev aims to pursue higher studies in the city of Mumbai. When Dev returns home a few years later, he gets the heartbroken news that Manorama is already married off to another man. The twist in the tale arrives when he learns about her tragedy post marriage and comes back in her life to bring cheer in her life again.

Chandni (1989)
Director: Yash Chopra

Rishi Kapoor

Chandni was a Yash Chopra classic featuring amazing music along with the signature style of romance that he is known for. Chandni (Sridevi) and Rohit (Rishi Kapoor) are deeply in love and are all set to get married. However, due to an unfortunate accident, Rohit gets paralysed. Knowing that he won’t be able to provide the love and support for Chandi, he decides to let her go. Chandni begins working for Lalit (Vinod Khanna), who also ends up falling for Chandni. A recovering Rohit, befriends Lalit and they find out that the two love the same woman. We all know how the movie ends, except for the undying romance which most certainly doesn’t. His performer in the film touched many hearts.



Bol Radha Bol (1992)
Director: David Dhawan

Rishi Kapoor

Even though David Dhawan started off with action films, his biggest successes came in the form of comedies. Bol Radha Bol revolves around a scam where a mistaken identity purposely replaces the original. The first half of the film focuses on the love story between Rishi Kapoor’s and Juhi Chawla’ character, but it’s the second half where the film gets interesting thanks to all the confusion. Rishi Kapoor seamlessly transformed himself between the roles which was also appreciated by the audience.

Do Dooni Char (2010)
Director: Habib Faisal

Rishi Kapoor

This movie was very special not just for Rishi Kapoor fans but for all Bollywood lovers in general. Reason being, it got back the magical pairing of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh on screen, who played his wife in the movie as well. The movie was about a middle class family living in Delhi. Mr.Duggal, who is struggling to make ends meet dreams of owning and driving a car instead of his wrecked scooter. The movie was extremely relatable to the audience, as the struggles of a common man were shown in an apt manner and of course, Rishi and Neetu’s chemistry worked like a charm for the movie.

Agneepath (2012)
Director: Karan Malhotra

Rishi Kapoor

Agneepath is regarded as one of Rishi Kapoor’s best performances till date. In the remake of the Amitabh Bachchan starrer which also shared the title, he played the character called Rauf Lala, a drug dealer and a pimp who runs a meat selling business to mask all his illegal activities. Lala becomes the mentor to Vijay Deenanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) in his battle against Kaancha and his men.

People fell in love with the way Rishi portrayed the negative shades of the character and his performance in this demanding role also helped him bag a few awards. 

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Rishi Kapoor was born on the 4th of September in the year 1952 to the first family of Indian cinema, the Kapoors. Ever since his first appearance as a male lead in the 1973 Raj Kapoor film Bobby, he turned into an overnight star. Just at the age of 21, he was touted as the perfect heir to carry forward the rich legacy of Raj Kapoor, thanks to his chocolate boy charm and acting chops. His journey from his debut film Bobby to his last appearance in Mulk has been nothing short of exceptional with him delivering tons of stellar performances that will forever be remembered by the fans of the veteran actor. So, on the occasion of his 66th birthday, we list some of Rishi Kapoor’s best work…

Bobby (1973)
Director: Raj Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor came in the limelight with a Raj Kapoor directorial that went on to become one of highest grossing Indian films at the time of release. Starring debutante Dimple Kapadia, Bobby also was Rishi Kapoor’s first role as lead after impressing with cameos in films like Mera Naam Joker and Shree 420. Interestingly, Rishi Kapoor revealed in an interview that Bobby was made to write off the debts of Mera Naam Joker and the reason he was picked to play lead was because other actors were too ‘pricey’ at the time. Even though he might have got his big break after a lucky chance, he sure made the most of it. Bobby’s story revolved around two teenagers head over heels in love with each other but had to fight for their love as they came from different backgrounds. Bobby started the trend of rebel love, which is pretty common in movies today.

Laila Majnu (1976)
Director: H. S. Rawail

Rishi Kapoor

Laila Majnu is a love story that has been told plenty times before. However, Rishi Kapoor’s performance as the heartbroken Majnu made this movie special for the audience. The story revolves around Kaish and Laila (Ranjeeta Kaur), who were born in the rival clans of the Amaris and the Sharwaris respectively. As it turns out, Kaish and Laila were destined to be together, as one pain turned into another’s wound. Even though Kaish and Laila were never able to unite, their everlasting love for each other was extremely heartwarming.

Amar, Akbar and Anthony (1977)
Director: Manmohan Desai

Rishi Kapoor

Amar, Akbar and Anthony is a story of three brothers who were separated as children and end up growing in a different faith. Rishi Kapoor portrayed the character of Akbar, a muslim who grows up to be a Qawaali singer. The film also featured Vinod Khanna, who plays the character of Amar, a hindu police officer and Anthony (Amitabh Bachchan), a small time hoodlum. Rishi Kapoor’s character was loved by the audience as it provided a comic relief in the film.

Even though the screen space is divided amongst three big stalwarts of Indian cinema, the fun and emotions ride high on this one.

Sargam (1979)
Director: Kasinathuni Viswanath

Rishi Kapoor

The extremely popular song ‘Dafli Waale’ is from Sangam. In fact, the song became so popular across the country, that a picture of Rishi Kapoor playing a dafli even featured in the posters of the film. The story is about a deaf lass by the name of Hema (Jaya Prada). Hema was always ridiculed by her stepmother and stepsister because of her condition. However, she finds solace in a musician called Raju (Rishi Kapoor). Raju helps her accomplish her life long dream of becoming a dancer and the two eventually fall in love.


Karz (1980)
Director: Subhash Ghai

Rishi Kapoor

In this context, ‘Karz’ refers to a debt from a past life. Rishi Kapoor plays the role of Ravi Kumar, and returns 20 years later as Monty. Ravi, the owner of a thriving business and a massive estate in Coonoor along with her mother is forced by his girlfriend Kaamini into getting married, who later pushes him off a cliff to death. 20 years later, he is born again by the name of Monty and constantly keeps getting visions in his head, which are nothing but his memories from Ravi’s life. Eventually, he exposes all the vile deeds of Kamini and is able to reunite with his family. Karz is probably the first Bollywood film that will come to mind when one mentions the genre of reincarnation.



Prem Rog (1982)
Director: Raj Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor

One of Rishi Kapoor’s highly acclaimed performances for sure. This Raj Kapoor’s saga boasted a perfect amalgamation of romance and tragedy. Dev and Manorama (Padmini Kolhapure) are two childhood friends but are separated later as Dev aims to pursue higher studies in the city of Mumbai. When Dev returns home a few years later, he gets the heartbroken news that Manorama is already married off to another man. The twist in the tale arrives when he learns about her tragedy post marriage and comes back in her life to bring cheer in her life again.

Chandni (1989)
Director: Yash Chopra

Rishi Kapoor

Chandni was a Yash Chopra classic featuring amazing music along with the signature style of romance that he is known for. Chandni (Sridevi) and Rohit (Rishi Kapoor) are deeply in love and are all set to get married. However, due to an unfortunate accident, Rohit gets paralysed. Knowing that he won’t be able to provide the love and support for Chandi, he decides to let her go. Chandni begins working for Lalit (Vinod Khanna), who also ends up falling for Chandni. A recovering Rohit, befriends Lalit and they find out that the two love the same woman. We all know how the movie ends, except for the undying romance which most certainly doesn’t. His performer in the film touched many hearts.



Bol Radha Bol (1992)
Director: David Dhawan

Rishi Kapoor

Even though David Dhawan started off with action films, his biggest successes came in the form of comedies. Bol Radha Bol revolves around a scam where a mistaken identity purposely replaces the original. The first half of the film focuses on the love story between Rishi Kapoor’s and Juhi Chawla’ character, but it’s the second half where the film gets interesting thanks to all the confusion. Rishi Kapoor seamlessly transformed himself between the roles which was also appreciated by the audience.

Do Dooni Char (2010)
Director: Habib Faisal

Rishi Kapoor

This movie was very special not just for Rishi Kapoor fans but for all Bollywood lovers in general. Reason being, it got back the magical pairing of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh on screen, who played his wife in the movie as well. The movie was about a middle class family living in Delhi. Mr.Duggal, who is struggling to make ends meet dreams of owning and driving a car instead of his wrecked scooter. The movie was extremely relatable to the audience, as the struggles of a common man were shown in an apt manner and of course, Rishi and Neetu’s chemistry worked like a charm for the movie.

Agneepath (2012)
Director: Karan Malhotra

Rishi Kapoor

Agneepath is regarded as one of Rishi Kapoor’s best performances till date. In the remake of the Amitabh Bachchan starrer which also shared the title, he played the character called Rauf Lala, a drug dealer and a pimp who runs a meat selling business to mask all his illegal activities. Lala becomes the mentor to Vijay Deenanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) in his battle against Kaancha and his men.

People fell in love with the way Rishi portrayed the negative shades of the character and his performance in this demanding role also helped him bag a few awards. 

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