"Kapoor Family", also called "The First Family of Indian Cinema", with at least 5 generations of direct descendants over 93 years in film industry.  Numerous members of the family, both direct biological descendants and those married into the family, have had prolific careers as actors, film directors and producers. "The Pioneer" founder of the dynasty was "The Patriarch", Prithviraj Kapoor, who was the first member of family to begin acting in movies with his 1928 debut film Do Dhari Talwar. He is best known for the evergreen movie Mughal-e-Azam which was released in 1960 in black and white in which he played the role of the Mughal emperor Akbar. The movie was re-released in full colour picture format with Dolby Digital sound on 12th November 2004. He was a pioneer of Indian theatre and the founding member of IPTA. His son Raj Kapoor was the most influential actor and director in Hindi cinema. The genesis generation or the earliest linear generation of the Kapoor family tree to ever act in the films was Prithviraj Kapoor's father, Basheshwarnath Kapoor, who debuted as actor in 1951 film Awaara, which was produced, directed and starred in lead role by his grandson Raj Kapoor.
|Current region||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Place of origin||Samundri, Punjab, British India|
(present-day Punjab, Pakistan)
(Prithviraj Kapoor in 1906 AD)
|Members||See table below|
|Connected families||Surinder Kapoor family|
|Traditions||Punjabi Hindu Indian|
|Heirlooms||R. K. Studio|
|Estate(s)||Krishna Raj Bungalow, Mumbai, Maharashtra|
Active since 1929; Prithviraj Kapoor acted in Alam Ara (1931), the first talkie film of India
|Murli Mal Kapoor|
|Prithviraj Kapoor . Trilok Kapoor|
|Raj Kapoor · Shammi Kapoor|
|Shashi Kapoor · Urmila Sial|
|Ravinder Kapoor · Devinder Kapoor|
|Randhir Kapoor · Ritu Kapoor Nanda|
|Rishi Kapoor · Rima Kapoor Jain|
|Generation 4 (Raj Kapoor's grandchildren)|
|Randhir Kapoor-Babita Shivdasani's children|
|Karisma Kapoor · Kareena Kapoor|
|Ritu-Ranjan Nanda's children|
|Nikhil Nanda · Nitasha Nanda|
|Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh's children|
|Riddhima Kapoor · Ranbir Kapoor|
|Rima-Manoj Jain's children|
|Armaan Jain · Aadar Jain|
|Aditya Raj Kapoor · Kanchan Kapoor|
|(Shammi Kapoor-Neila Devi's children)|
|Generation 4 (Shammi Kapoor's grandchildren)|
|Aditya Raj-Preeti Kapoor's children|
|Tulsi Kapoor · Vishwa Pratap Kapoor|
|Kanchan Kapoor-Ketan Desai's children|
|Pooja Desai · Rajarajeshwari Desai|
|Kunal Kapoor · Karan Kapoor|
|Generation 4 (Shashi Kapoor's grandchildren)|
|Kunal Kapoor-Sheena Sippy's children|
|Shaira Kapoor · Zahan Kapoor|
|Karan-Lorna Kapoor's children|
|Aliya Kapoor · Zach Kapoor|
|Sanjana-Valmik Thapar's children|
|Generation 2 (Trilok Kapoor's children)|
|Vijay Kapoor Vicky Kapoor|
The Kapoor family is of Khatri Punjabi Hindu origin. Prithviraj Kapoor was the first from the family to pursue a career in films. While Prithviraj soon shifted his focus to the Prithvi Theatre group, his brother Trilok Kapoor soon joined films and emerged as one of the most commercially successful actors of his era. Prithviraj and Trilok Kapoor were born in the town of Samundri in the Punjab Province of British India. Their father, Basheshwarnath Kapoor, served as a police officer in the Imperial Police in the city of Peshawar; while his grandfather, Keshavmal Kapoor, was a Tehsildar in Samundri. Trilok Kapoor's first role was in the film Char Darvesh in 1933.
The family eventually migrated to Mumbai. All three of Prithviraj Kapoor's sons, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, and Shashi Kapoor, made careers in the Hindi film industry. Raj Kapoor also known as "the greatest showman of Indian cinema", became a noted Indian film actor, producer and director of Hindi cinema.
Raj Kapoor's sons, Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor, went on to become well-known actors; his youngest son, Rajiv Kapoor, was not as successful as his brothers. Shashi Kapoor's daughter Sanjana Kapoor also became a film actress, although she had a short career.
Randhir Kapoor is married to Babita. They have two daughters Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, both of whom have found success in the film industry. Rishi Kapoor was married to actress Neetu Singh, their son, Ranbir Kapoor, has established himself as a leading Bollywood actor, and their daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahani, is a designer.
Prithviraj Kapoor's cousin was Surinder Kapoor. Surinder Kapoor left Peshawar and came to Mumbai with help from Prithviraj Kapoor. Surinder Kapoor was married to Nirmal Kapoor. His oldest son is Boney Kapoor who was married to Mona Shourie and Sridevi and is the father of Arjun, Anshula, Janhvi, and Khushi Kapoor. His middle son is Anil Kapoor who is married to Sunita Kapoor and is the father of Sonam (married to Anand Ahuja), Rhea and Harshvardhan Kapoor. His youngest son is Sanjay Kapoor who is married to Maheep Sandhu and is the father of Shanaya and Jahaan Kapoor. His daughter is Reena Kapoor Marwah who is married to Sandeep Marwah of Marwah Films and Video Studios and is the mother of Mohit (married to Antara Motiwala) and Akshay Marwah (married to Aashita Relan).
Noted actor Kamal Kapoor who was famous for playing the role ‘Narrang’ in the 1978 blockbuster movie Don was also a cousin of Prithviraj Kapoor & so were his brothers Ravindra Kapoor and Nandkishore Kapoor. Through Kamal Kapoor's grandson Goldie Behl, the Behl family of Hindi films is also related to the Kapoor family.
Members of the Kapoor familyEdit
"The Genesis" generation: earliest generation of family tree in filmsEdit
- Murli Mal Kapoor
- Keshavmal Kapoor – son of Murli Mal Kapoor; married to Prem Kapoor
- Basheshwarnath Kapoor, also called Diwan – son of Keshavmal Kapoor, did a cameo role of a judge in Raj Kapoor's 1951 movie Aawara, making him the earliest linear generation of Kapoor family tree to ever act in the films. Earlier he served as a police officer in the Indian Imperial Police in the city of Peshawar.
- Shambhunath Kapoor – son of Murli Mal Kapoor
- Ram Rakhi Mehra (née Kapoor) – daughter of Murli Mal Kapoor
- Ram Pyari Khanna (née Kapoor) – daughter of Murli Mal Kapoor
- Kaushaliya Khanna (née Kapoor) – daughter of Murli Mal Kapoor
- Keshavmal Kapoor – son of Murli Mal Kapoor; married to Prem Kapoor
Second generation: "The Patriarch" / "The Pioneer" generationEdit
Kapoor family biography names this as the generation of Patriarch Prithviraj Kapoor. Other sources also refer to him as "The Pioneer" and "The Patriarch" of the Kapoor film family with whom family tree's journey in the films began. In 1928, he made his acting debut as an extra in his first film, Do Dhari Talwar.
- Prithviraj Kapoor – first son of Basheshwarnath Kapoor and the first member of family to enter the Hindi film industry; married to Ramsarni Mehra
- Trilok Kapoor – son of Basheshwarnath Kapoor
- Amarnath Kapoor – son of Basheshwarnath Kapoor
- Vishwanath (Vishi) Kapoor – son of Basheshwarnath Kapoor
- Lt. Col. Ramesh Kapoor – son of Basheshwarnath Kapoor
- Prem Mehra (née Kapoor) – daughter of Basheshwarnath Kapoor; married to Prithvi Chand Mehra
- Kailash Kakar (née Kapoor) – daughter of Basheshwarnath Kapoor
- Shanta Kapoor Dhawan – daughter of Basheshwarnath Kapoor
Third generation: "The Consolidators" generationEdit
Kapoor family biographer names this as the consolidators generation, led by three main Kapoor actors, Raj, and his younger brothers Shammi and Shashi. Among Kapoors of all generations, Raj Kapoor has been the most distinguished and prolific contributor as an actor, producer, director and in terms of his impact in enhancing Bollywood's international reach, India's soft power and diplomacy across the USSR, the Middle East, Africa and Palestine.
- Raj Kapoor – eldest son of Prithviraj Kapoor; married to Krishna Malhotra, sister of actor Prem Nath
- Shammi Kapoor – fourth son of Prithviraj Kapoor; married to Geeta Bali (first wife) and Neila Devi (second wife)
- Shashi Kapoor – youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor; married to Jennifer Kendal
- Ravinder Kapoor – second/third son of Prithviraj Kapoor (died in childhood);
- Devinder Kapoor – second/third son of Prithviraj Kapoor (died in childhood);
- Urmila Sial Kapoor – Daughter of Prithviraj Kapoor; married to Charanjit Sial
- Vijay Kapoor – son of Trilok Kapoor
- Vicky Kapoor – son of Trilok Kapoor
- Naval Mehra – son of Prem Mehra (née Kapoor); married to Anne-Marie Mehra
- Vijay Mehra – son of Prem Mehra (née Kapoor); married to Ruth Mehra
- Sabita Khanna (née Mehra) – daughter of Prem Mehra (née Kapoor)
- Renuka Jetley (née Mehra) – daughter of Prem Mehra (née Kapoor)
- Kiran Seth (née Mehra) – daughter of Prem Mehra (née Kapoor); married to Vipin Seth
- Subbiraj Kakkar - son of Kailash Kakkar (née Kapoor); married to Kumari Naaz
Fourth generation: "The Forever Youthful" generationEdit
"The Forever Youthful" Rishi Kapoor, son of Raj Kapoor, led this generation and his two actor brothers Randhir and Rajeev remained in the shadow of his success. Rishi was best known as a romantic hero, his charm and charisma quickly made him one of Bollywood’s leading men of the 1970s and ’80s, he later took on more supporting roles and character parts.
- Randhir Kapoor (b. 1947) – eldest son of Raj Kapoor; married to Babita
- Ritu Nanda (1948-2020) – elder daughter of Raj Kapoor; married to Rajan Nanda
- Rishi Kapoor (1952-2020) – second son of Raj Kapoor; married to Neetu Singh Kapoor
- Rima Jain (b.1956) – second daughter of Raj Kapoor; married to Manoj Jain
- Rajiv Kapoor (1962-2021) – youngest son of Raj Kapoor
- Ricki Kapoor – son of Vicky Kapoor
- Aditya Raj Kapoor – son of Shammi Kapoor and Geeta Bali married to Priti Kapoor
- Kanchan Kapoor – daughter of Shammi Kapoor and Geeta Bali married to Ketan Desai
- Kunal Kapoor – elder son of Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal
- Karan Kapoor – younger son of Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal
- Sanjana Kapoor – daughter of Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal; married to Valmik Thapar
- Jatin Sial – son of Urmila Sial Kapoor
- Anuradha Sial – daughter of Urmila Sial Kapoor
- Priti Sial – daughter of Urmila Sial Kapoor
- Namita Sial – daughter of Urmila Sial Kapoor
- Andrew Mehra – son of Naval Mehra
- Christina Minner (née Mehra) – daughter of Naval Mehra
- Raoul Jetley – son of Renuka Jetley (née Mehra)
- Vivek Jetley – son of Renuka Jetley (née Mehra)
- Vikram Seth – son of Kiran Seth (née Mehra)
- Mrinal Seth – son of Kiran Seth (née Mehra)
Fifth generation: "The Dream" generationEdit
This generation is dominated by the "les girls" [implying "the dream girls"] initially by Karishma Kapoor and later by her younger sister Kareena, as well as their cousin Ranbir Kapoor "the dream boy".
- Karisma Kapoor — elder daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita Shivdasani; formerly married to Sanjay Kapur, a businessman
- Kareena Kapoor — younger daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita; married to actor Saif Ali Khan.
- Riddhima Kapoor Sahni – daughter of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh; married to Bharat Sahni
- Ranbir Kapoor — son of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh-Kapoor
- Nikhil Nanda — son of Ritu Nanda and Rajan Nanda; married to Shweta Bachchan, daughter of actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan
- Nitasha Nanda — daughter of Ritu Nanda and Rajan Nanda;
- Armaan Jain — elder son of Rima Jain and Manoj Jain, debuted as actor in Lekar Hum Deewana Dil
- Aadar Jain – Younger Son of Rima Jain and Manoj Jain, debuted with 2017 Hindi film Qaidi Band.
- Zahan Kapoor – son of Kunal Kapoor and his former wife Sheena Sippy, daughter of Ramesh Sippy
- Shaira Kapoor – daughter of Kunal Kapoor and his former wife Sheena Sippy, daughter of Ramesh Sippy
- Hamir Thapar - Son of Sanjana Kapoor and Valmik Thapar
- Zach Kapoor - Son of Karan Kapoor
- Alia Kapoor - Daughter of Karan Kapoor
- Tulsi Kapoor - Daughter of Aditya Raj Kapoor and Preeti Kapoor
- Vishwa Pratap Kapoor - Son of Aditya Raj Kapoor and Preeti Kapoor
- Pooja Desai - Daughter of Kanchan Kapoor Desai and Ketan Desai
- Rajrajeshwari Desai - Daughter of Kanchan Kapoor Desai and Ketan Desai
- Samiera Kapur — daughter of Karisma Kapoor and her former husband Sanjay Kapur
- Kiaan Raj Kapur — son of Karisma Kapoor and her former husband Sanjay Kapur
- Taimur Ali Khan – son of Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan
- Samara Sahni – daughter of Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and Bharat Sahni
- Navya Naveli Nanda – daughter of Nikhil Nanda and Shweta Bachchan Nanda
- Agastya Nanda – son of Nikhil Nanda and Shweta Bachchan Nanda
Kapoor Family Memorial at RajbaughEdit
Samadhi (memorial) of Raj Kapoor, also housing memorial of his mother and father Prithviraj Kapoor, is at their family farm "Rajbaugh", which means the "king of gardens". Located inside the MIT World Peace University (MIT WPU), Rajbaugh lies off the NH65 on the banks of Mula-Mutha River in Loni Kalbhor village 30 km east of Pune in Maharshtra. Kapoor family sold a part of 125 acres Rajbaugh to MIT WPU which built a memorial for the Kapoor family on its campus. Memorial was unveiled in 2014 in the presence of Lata Mangeshkar and Kapoor clan. Kapoor family memorial has 7 pagodas showing elements of Raj Kapoor's movies, a museum or viewing gallery which shows family photographs and moments from his movie making from 1945 to 1990. Raj Kapoor shot many of his films at this farm, including Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Mera Naam Joker, Bobby, Prem Rog and more. Kapoor's family banglow inside the farm has been preserved, the popular song "Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mei Band Ho" was shot inside this banglow.
R.K. Film and R. K. Studio entrance, Mumbai.
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