Randhir Kapoor

Actor, Director

Born: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India


Randhir Kapoor (born 15 February 1947) is an Indian film actor, producer and director, who works in the Hindi film industry. An established actor of the 1970s and a two-time Filmfare Award nominee, Kapoors career declined in the mid-1980s and failed to revive, though he has occasionally continued to play supporting roles in films.Part of the Kapoor family, he is the son of actor–filmmaker Raj, grandson of actor Prithviraj and the brother of actor Rishi. After working as a child in Shree 420 and Do Ustad, Kapoor made his acting and direction debut with a leading role in the family drama Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971), a box-office success. Subsequently, Kapoors starring roles in the dramas Jeet (1972), Hamrahi (1974) and the romantic comedies Jawani Diwani (1972), Lafange (1975), Ponga Pandit (1975), Bhala Manus (1976) and the multi-starrers like Raampur Ka Lakshman (1972) and Haath Ki Safai (1974) established him as a leading actor of Hindi cinema.His performance in the film Kasme Vaade (1978) earned him critical acclaim and a Best Supporting Actor nomination at Filmfare. He was appreciated for his performances in Bhanwar, Chacha Bhatija, Heeralaal Pannalal (1978 film), Mama Bhanja, Aaj Ka Mahaatma, Khalifa, Chor Ke Ghar Chor, Aakhri Daku, Dhongee, Biwi O Biwi and Humse Na Jeeta Koi. Kapoors career declined when romantic musicals Harjaee and Jaane Jaan became flops, and when his films Khazana and Nikkama got delayed in production.His career failed to propel forward after 1985,after which he quit acting for over a decade However Kapoors directed-blockbuster romantic drama Henna (1991), proved to be the most commercially successful film of the decade—earning him a Filmfare Award for Best Director nomination and was chosen as the Indian submission to the Oscar. In recent years, Kapoor has occasionally returned to films with his biggest commercial success, the ensemble comedy Housefull (2010), and followed it with its sequel (2012), both of which earned over ₹1 billion (US$15 million) worldwide.Kapoor is married to actress Babita Shivdasani since 1971, with whom he has two daughters, actresses Karisma and Kareena Kapoor. The couple separated in 1988, but reconciled in 2007, after living separately for several years.

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