When Prithviraj Kapoor, the great grandfather of Ranbir Kapoor ventured into films in the early 30s’ little did he realize that his grandsons would continue his legacy and make the ‘Kapoor Khandaan‘ Immortal? True, the Kapoor Khandaan has contributed a lion’s share in the development and success of Bollywood. From the legendary Prithviraj Kapoor to the show-man Raj Kapoor, to the lover Boy Shammi Kapoor to the stylish Shashi Kapoor to the talented Rishi Kapoor to the recent heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, the Kapoor Khandaan has indeed been the cornerstone of the Indian film industry! In fact, even the Kapoor daughters viz. Karisma and Kareena Kapoor have brought pride to Kapoor clan.
However, just as all figures in a hand are not equal likewise all the children of Kapoor Khandaan could not hit the bull’s-eye and go into oblivion. The actors who failed to click in the Kapoor Khandaan included Raj Kapoor’s eldest son Randhir Kapoor. Though Raj Kapoor launched Randhir Kapoor under his RK Banner in the film Kal, Aaj Aur Kal (1971) but the flopped at the box office and gave a flop start to Randhir Kapoor’s career. Despite a flop start, Randhir Kapoor was able to make his presence with the hit films Jawani Diwani (1972). However, later as a hero he gave a string of flops. Finally, he survived as a side-hero in films likes Haath Ki Safai (1974), Kasme Vaade, etc.
Raj Kapoor’s youngest son Rajiv Kapoor made his debut in the film Ek Jaan Hain Hum (1983). Though the songs of the film were hit the film was a disaster at the box-office. Hence to review his son’s career, Raj Kapoor launched Rajiv Kapoor in his ambitious film Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985). The film was super-hit but alas being heroine oriented, the film did not help Rajeev much. Later with the failure of films like Aasmaan (1984), Lover Boy (1985), Zabardast (1985) and Hum To Chale Pardes (1988), etc. Rajiv Kapoor was forced to abandon his filmy career.
Like Raj Kapoor, both the sons of Shashi Kapoor too could not make it big in Bollywood. Karan Kapoor, youngest son of Shashi Kapoor was dashing and handsome like papa Shashi Kapoor. He won hearts as the Bombay Dyeing Man. He made his debut in Shashi Kapoor’s home production Junoon (1978). Later despite doing multi-star cast film Sultanat (1986) he failed to make it big.