Raj Kapoor Age, Family, Biography, Death Cause, Controversies, Facts & More


Raj Kapoor

Real NameRanbir Raj Kapoor
NicknameShowman of Bollywood
ProfessionActor, Producer and Director
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.7 m
in feet inches- 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 85 kg
in pounds- 187 lbs
Eye ColourHazel
Hair ColourGrey
Personal Life
Date of Birth14 December 1924
Date of Death2 June 1988
Place of DeathNew Delhi, India
Age (at the time of death) 63 Years
Death CauseCardiac Arrest (after suffering from Asthma)
Zodiac signSagittarius
SignatureRaj Kapoor
HometownPeshawar (Pakistan)
SchoolSt. Xavier's Collegiate School, Kolkata
Colonel Brown Cambridge School, Dehradun
Educational Qualification6th Fail
DebutFilm: Inquilab (1935) (Child Actor)
Raj Kapoor's debut film Inquilab
FamilyFather- Prithviraj Kapoor (1906-1972)
Raj Kapoor's Father Prithviraj Kapoor
Mother- Ramsarni Devi Kapoor (1908-1972)
Raj Kapoor's Mother Ramsarni Devi Kapoor (1908-1972)
Brothers- Shashi Kapoor (1938-2017)
Raj Kapoor's Brother Shashi Kapoor (1938-2017)
Shammi Kapoor (1931-2011)
Raj Kapoor's Brother Shammi Kapoor (1931-2011)
Nandi Kapoor (Died:1931)
Devi Kapoor (Died: 1931)
Sister- Urmila Sial Kapoor
Raj Kapoor's Sister Urmila Sial Kapoor
Raj Kapoor With His Family
Controversies• His wife Krishna used to remain upset and even left his home due to his affairs with Indian heroines like Nargis, Padmini, and Vyjayanthimala.
• In 1978, he promised the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar that he would hire her brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar as the music director for the movie 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram,'
but when she went to the United States on a music tour; he signed Laxmikant Pyarelal for this film without telling her. It made her annoyed. Later, he also asked the music composer to add more alaaps to the song that she was going to sing for this movie.
Raj Kapoor and Lata Mangeshkar
• He made scenes of heroines in short clothes in which their skin was exposed more than necessary. He even took shots of the semi-nude scenes of actresses with their co-stars, which were not so common in India and were not even appreciated by the Indian audience of that time.
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodBiryani, Chicken Curry, Pao, Eggs, Moori (puffed rice) with Peanuts, Small Samosas, Caramel Custard
Favourite ActorDilip Kumar
Favourite Musical Instrument Accordion
Raj Kapoor Playing Accordion
Favourite ActressNargis
Favourite FilmMera Naam Joker
Favourite DrinkJohnny Walker Black Label Whisky
Favourite MusicianShankar, Jaikishan
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNargis (Hindi movie actress)
Raj Kapoor With Nargis
Vyjayanthimala (Hindi movie actress and dancer)
Raj Kapoor And Vyjayanthimala
Padmini (Hindi movie actress and Bharathanatyam dancer)
Raj Kapoor With Padmini
WifeKrishna Kapoor
Raj Kapoor's Wife Krishna Kapoor
Marriage DateMay 1946
ChildrenSons- Randhir Kapoor
Raj Kapoor's Son Randhir Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor
Raj Kapoor's Son Rishi Kapoor
Rajiv Kapoor
Raj Kapoor's Son Rajiv Kapoor
Daughters- Ritu Nanda (married to industrialist Rajan Nanda)
Raj Kapoor's Daughter Reetu Nanda With Her Husband Rajan Nanda
Rima Jain (married to investment banker Manoj Jain)
Raj Kapoor's Daughter Reema Jain With Her Husband Manoj Jain

Raj Kapoor

Some Lesser Known Facts About Raj Kapoor

  • Did Raj Kapoor smoke?: Yes Raj Kapoor
  • Did Raj Kapoor drink alcohol?: Yes Raj Kapoor With Singer Mukesh
  • He was born in a Pathan Hindu family.
  • He won 11 Filmfare trophies, 3 National Awards, ‘Padma Bhushan,’ ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Honours’ and ‘Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.’ Raj Kapoor With Vyjayanthimala And Lyricist Shailendra
  • His super hit movies are Awaara (1951), Anhonee (1952), Aah (1953), Shree 420 (1955), Jagte Raho (1956), Chori Chori (1956), Anari (1959), Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Chhalia (1960) and Dil Hi To Hai (1963).
  • To start a career as an actor, his father Prithviraj Kapoor came to Bombay in 1930 and to do stage performances, he with the group of 80 persons used to travel different places across India.
  • His brother Devi died in 1931 due to pneumonia and Nandi died in 1931 due to the swallowing of poison (rat pills) strewn in the garden.
  • He started his career as a clap-boy for a famous Hindi movie director Kidar Sharma. Raj Kapoor
  • Once he pulled Kidar Sharma’s fake beard accidentally and got a slap from him.
  • During the initial days of his career, he wanted to become a music director.
  • In 1948, at the age of twenty-four, Raj started RK Films, and became a film director with the movie ‘Aag.’ Raj Kapoor With Nargis 
  • His parents arranged his marriage with Krishna who is the daughter of Prithviraj Kapoor’s maternal uncle.
  • Krishna’s sister is Prem Chopra‘s wife and her brothers Narendra Nath, Rajendra Nath and Prem Nath became actors later.
  • According to his wife Krishna, he used to drink daily and accustomed to weep in the bathtub for his girlfriend.
  • After marriage, when Nargis with her husband Sunil Datt met Krishna in a party, Nargis said sorry to Krishna for her past relationships with Raj Kapoor.
  • When Vyjayanthimala came in his life, at that moment Krishna left his home and used to live in Natraj Hotel with her children, later she moved to her father’s house.

  • His son Rishi Kapoor revealed Raj’s affairs with different actresses in his autobiography ‘Khullam Khulla.’
  • His first son Randhir is married to actress Babita and the second one Rishi is married to actress Neetu Singh. Famous Bollywood stars Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor are his granddaughters (daughters of Randhir Kapoor and Babita). The prominent actor Ranbir is his grandson (son of Rishi and Neetu Singh). Raj Kapoor With His Family
  • Ranbir was his favourite grandchild. Once Ranbir demanded him a suit while he was going to Russia and from there he brought two bags of suits in all possible colours for him.
  • He had a very good relationship with Dilip Kumar and even led his baraat (marriage procession) along with his father Prithviraj and famous actor Dev AnandRaj Kapoor with Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar
  • Filmmaker Vijay Anand tried to direct a film with the leading stars Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, and Dev Anand but it couldn’t be completed due to dates hassles and some other reasons.
  • He is famous in different countries such as China, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Turkey, The Soviet Union and many other parts of the world.
  • A scene of the movie ‘Bobby,’ in which Rishi Kapoor meets Dimple Kapadia in her house was inspired by the real-life meeting of Raj and actress Nargis. Raj Kapoor's Superhit Movie 'Bobby'
  • He worked closely with the music director Shankar-Jaikishan in almost twenty films. Raj Kapoor With Mohammed Rafi And Shankar Jaikishen
  • Legendary singers Manna Dey and Mukesh gave voice to his songs. At the moment of Mukesh’s death, he said that he lost his voice. Raj Kapoor With Singer Mukesh
  • For his famous movies Awaara (1951) and Boot Polish (1954), he was chosen a nominee (two times) for the grand prize of ‘Palme d’Or’ at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
  • For his film Jagte Raho in 1956, he got the Crystal Globe award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic).
  • His first coloured film was Sangam (1964). Raj Kapoor's First Coloured Film 'Sangam'
  • He became a member of the jury at the fourth Moscow International Film Festival in 1965.
  • His films Around the World (1966) and Sapnon Ka Saudagar (1968) were box office flops.
  • ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970) was the movie that he directed, produced as well as starred in. But, it was proved a disaster at the box office and put him in the financial crises. Later, it got successful as a classic cult. Raj Kapoor's Favourite Movie 'Mera Naam Joker' (1970)
  • In 1971, he produced the movie ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal,’ in which he worked himself with his father Prithviraj Kapoor, his son Randhir and actress Babita. Raj Kapoor's Classic Movie 'Kal Aaj Aur Kal'
  • His movie ‘Mera Naam Joker’ is one of the best iconic films of India and it is the first Hindi movie which is four and a half hours long with two intervals. It was also the debut film of his son Rishi Kapoor. Raj Kapoor's Clasic Cult 'Mera Naam Joker'
  • During the making of Satyam Shivam Sundaram, when Raj Kapoor was searching for a suitable actress; then Zeenat Aman reached his office in the dress of a village girl, and he selected her immediately after getting impressed by her dedication. Raj Kapoor and Zeenat Aman
  • When he was suffering from bad health, his friend and director Hrishikesh Mukherjee made the movie ‘Anand’ in his honour.
  • In 1987, when he was invited to receive the ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’ at the Sirifort Auditorium, he agreed to go there in spite of his bad health and when his name was announced to get the honour, he felt a strong chest pain, seeing this, R. Venkataraman (former Indian President) walked down the stage for him. His condition got worse and he had to be rushed to the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) immediately. Raj Kapoor Receiving 'Dada Saheb Phalke Award'
  • After a month of struggling for life on an artificial respiratory system, at the age of 63, he passed away due to multiple organ failures and cardiac arrest.
  • During the time of his bad health, he was making the movie ‘Henna,’ which was completed by his sons Rishi and Randhir after his death.      
  • On 14 December 2001, Indian Postal Services released a stamp in his honour.  Raj Kapoor's Postal Stamp
  • He won the title “Best Director of the Millennium” by Stardust Awards.
  • In 2002, he was given the name “Showman of the Millennium” by Star Screen Awards.
  • In March 2012, his brass statue was placed at Walk of the Stars at Bandra Bandstand, Mumbai. Raj Kapoor's Brass Statue
  • His movies Shree 420, Aag, and Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai have patriotic themes and his famous song ‘Mera joota hai Japani’ gives the feeling of patriotism and is so popular that it is still featured in many films.      

  • He brought Shankar Jaikishan (music directors), Shailendra (lyricist) and Hasrat Jaipuri (lyricist) in the film industry.
  • He gave a career break to the actresses Dimple Kapadia, Mandakini, Nimmi and also his sons Rishi, Randhir, and Rajiv.
  • He explained the unrevealed facts about his films in an interview.


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