Actor-director Rajiv Kapoor, son of celebrated filmmaker Raj Kapoor, died on Tuesday due to heart attack. He was 58.
Neetu Kapoor, his sister-in-law, broke the news on Instagram. She wrote “RIP” alongside a picture of her brother-in-law.
Brother Randhir Kapoor said Rajiv died due to heart attack. “He passed away about 1.30 pm due to heart attack,” Randhir told PTI.
Rajiv made his acting debut with 1983 film ‘Ek Jaan Hain Hum’, but made first appearance as a leading man in blockbuster ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ (1985), which was Raj Kapoor’s last directorial venture.
He went on to feature in films like ‘Aasmaan’, ‘Lover Boy’, ‘Zabardast’ and ‘Hum To Chale Pardes’.
Rajiv’s last film as a leading man was 1990’s ‘Zimmedaar’. A lesser known face from the famous Kapoor film clan, he then made a switch to production and direction.
His first production was ‘Henna’ (1991), directed by brother Randhir. In 1996, Rajiv made his directorial debut with ‘Prem Granth’, starring Rishi Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit.
He also produced the Rishi-directed 1999 romance drama ‘Aa Ab Laut Chalen’.
In 2001, he married architect Aarti Sabharwal, but the couple divorced later.
Rajiv was the youngest among three brothers and two sisters – Randhir, Rishi, Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain. His eldest sister Ritu Nanda and brother Rishi passed away in January and April, respectively, last year.
The actor was set to make a comeback to the screen with sports drama ‘Toolsidas Junior’, starring Sanjay Dutt in the lead.
Produced by filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker and producer Bhushan Kumar and directed by Mridul, the movie was announced in December last year.
Mourning Rajiv’s death, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar said she is “deeply saddened”. “I just got to know about the passing away of the talented actor Rajiv Kapoor, the youngest son of Raj Kapoor Sahab. I’m deeply saddened by the news. May his soul rest in peace,” Mangeshkar tweeted.
Director-producer Naved Jaffrey remembered Rajiv as someone with “a pure heart and a very nice human being”. “May his soul rest in peace, deepest condolences to the family,” Jaffery wrote on Twitter.
Actor-producer Tusshar Kapoor offered his condolences to the Kapoor family. “Sad to hear of the passing away of Rajiv Kapoor! May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.
Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA), a trade union which looks after the rights and welfare of its members in the entertainment industry, also expressed its condolences.
The late actor was a CINTAA member since October 1983, the association said on Twitter.
“Sad to hear of the passing away of #RajivKapoor (Chimpu) ji ! Deepest condolences to the family! RIP,” producer Girish Johar tweeted.
Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh said he was “devastated” with the news. “Devastated! Another big loss to the family Folded hands 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,” he wrote on the micrblogging site.
Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Salman Khurshid remembered Rajiv as “one of the most versatile” actors of his time.
“My heartfelt condolences to the entire Kapoor family. #OmShanti,” director Madhur Bhandarkar wrote.