Rajiv Kapoor (25 August 1962 – 9 February 2021) was an Indian film actor, producer, director, and a member of the Kapoor family. He was the youngest son of the legendary Raj Kapoor. His elder brothers Randhir Kapoor and the late Rishi Kapoor were also Bollywood actors, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor were his uncles, Prithviraj Kapoor was his paternal grandfather, Raj Kapoor was his father and Trilok Kapoor was his paternal great-uncle.
Bollywood actor Rajiv Kapoor died at 58 on Tuesday, February 9. Sister-in-law Neetu Kapoor posted a photo of the actor on social media and wrote: “RIP.”
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Rajiv Kapoor’s career
Rajiv Kapoor, who made his debut in Bollywood with the 1983 film Ek Jaan Hain Hum, was best known for the 1985 blockbuster Ram Teri Ganga Maili. He was last seen in Zimmedaar. He also acted in films like Mera Saathi and Hum To Chale Pardes , among others. The actor, known by the nickname “Chimpu”, turned a film producer with the 1991 film Henna starring Rishi Kapoor. He also backed other home productions like Prem Granth and Aa Ab Laut Chalen.
He was set to make a Bollywood comeback after nearly three decades with Ashutosh Gowariker and Bhushan Kumar’s joint production, a sports drama titled Toolsidas Junior, co-starring Sanjay Dutt.
Rajiv Kapoor’s death : Reason
The Ram Teri Ganga Maili actor suffered a heart attack at his residence in Chembur following which he was rushed to Inlaks Hospital. He was declared dead at the hospital.
Bollywood trade analyst Komal Nahta tweeted that Rajiv Kapoor had died of a heart attack. “Very sad news. Rajiv (Chimpu) Kapoor passes away following heart attack,” he tweeted.
Very sad news. Rajiv (Chimpu) Kapoor passes away following heart attack.
— Komal Nahta (@KomalNahta) February 9, 2021
“No Chautha” for Rajiv kapoor due to the Pandemic
“Due to the current pandemic circumstances, there will be no chautha held for the late Mr Rajiv Kapoor for safety reasons,” Neetu Kapoor shared in a family statement.
A day after Rajiv Kapoor’s death i.e, Tuesday, February 10, Neetu Kapoor shared a family statement on her Instagram to announce that there will not no chautha in memory of the late actor “for safety reasons.” In the statement, Neetu Kapoor said that the Kapoor family have decided to not host a prayer meet keeping the pandemic situation in mind. “Due to the current pandemic circumstances, there will be no chautha held for the late Mr Rajiv Kapoor for safety reasons. “May his soul rest in peace,” Neetu Kapoor added in her post. Addressing fans mourning Rajiv Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor wrote: “The entire Raj Kapoor family is a part of your grief too.”
Here’s the family statement Neetu Kapoor shared on Wednesday.
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Kapoor’s nieces Kareena Kapoor-Khan and Karisma Kapoor remembered their uncle with posts on social media. The ‘Jab We Met’ actress shared a black and white picture of the Kapoor brothers, Randhir, Rishi and Rajiv, with their father Raj Kapoor, along with the caption, “Broken but strong”
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Karisma, meanwhile, posted an Instagram Story, writing, “Chimpoo uncle you will be dearly missed.”
Twitter reactions on Rajiv Kapoor’s death
— Achyuta Samanta (@achyuta_samanta) February 9, 2021
I had the opportunity of working with #Rajiv Kapoor in the film PremGranth. It was a difficult subject which he handled with great maturity though it was his first film. Remembering the wonderful moments we shared. My heartfelt condolences to the Kapoor family. RIP 🙏💔
— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) February 9, 2021
Dixit-Nene remembered the ‘wonderful moments’ they shared while working on the film.
Devastated!! Another big loss to the family 🙏🏻 one of my most favourite people in the world. Love him so so dearly. Don’t remember a Happy Moment without him. Chimpu uncle we will miss you. 💔 RIP 🙏🏻. pic.twitter.com/wUPAfn4eJd
— Neil Nitin Mukesh (@NeilNMukesh) February 9, 2021
A ‘devastated’ Neil Nitin Mukesh called it a ‘another big loss to the family’. Remembering Kapoor as one of his ‘most favourite people in the world’, the ‘New York’ actor tweeted, “Love him so so dearly. Don’t remember a Happy Moment without him. Chimpu uncle we will miss you.”
— Boney Kapoor (@BoneyKapoor) February 9, 2021
The news of Kapoor’s demise also left film-maker Boney Kapoor ‘shocked and devastated’. The ‘Mr. India’ director said he had seen Kapoor grow up.
#राजीवकपूर के निधन का सुनकर बहुत दुख हुआ।उनके निर्देशन में बनी फ़िल्म ‘प्रेम ग्रंथ’ में काम किया था।वो एक गुणी डायरेक्टर थे।उनके व्यक्तित्व को क़रीब से जानने का मौका भी मिला।एक ज़िंदादिल और ख़ुशमिज़ाज इंसान थे! प्रभु उनके परिवार वालों को इस दुख से जूझने की ताक़त दे! #OmShanti 🙏 pic.twitter.com/y0OTu834A3
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) February 9, 2021
Anupam Kher, who also starred in Kapoor’s ‘Prem Granth’, said that having had the opportunity to work with the director he knew him as a talented film-maker and a warm & happy-go-lucky human being.
Mujhe abhi pata chala ki Raj Kapoor sahab ke chote bete, guni abhineta Rajiv Kapoor ka aaj swargwas hua. Sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua.Ishwar unki aatma ko shanti pradan kare yehi meri prarthana.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) February 9, 2021
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar also took to Twitter to offer condolences.
Saddened to hear about the untimely demise of #RajivKapoor ji. My deepest condolences to the entire family 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 9, 2021
Actor Akshay Kumar, in a tweet, said, “Saddened to hear about the untimely demise of #RajivKapoor ji. My deepest condolences to the entire family.”
Absolutely heartbroken to hear about the demise of Rajiv Kapoor. A soul gone too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kapoor family in this difficult time. Om Shanti🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Z98vvR0cxk
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) February 9, 2021
Sanjay Dutt took to the platform to say that he was ‘absolutely heartbroken’ by the news.
The Kapoor family had lost their elder daughter Ritu Nanda in January last year. And in April, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor had passed away after a 2-year fight with cancer.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.