Bollywood actor of Ram Teri Ganga Maili fame Rajiv Kapoor died at the age of 58 on 9 February. His sister-in-law Neetu Kapoor posted a photo of the actor on social media and wrote: “RIP.”
One film wonder as an actor, Rajiv Kapoor was a producer and director. He was the youngest son of the legendary Raj Kapoor, and a brother of Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor, all actors and filmmakers. Rishi Kapoor had died last year.
The youngest Kapoor of his generation suffered a heart attack at his house 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.
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 acted in films like Mera Saathi and Hum To Chale Pardes, among others.
The actor, referred to often by his nickname Chimpu, turned a film producer with the 1991 film Henna starring Rishi Kapoor. He backed other home productions like Prem Granth and Aa Ab Laut Chalen.
However, none of the films could touch the popularity that was achieved by 1985’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili. He starred opposite Mandakini in the film, which was directed by his father.
Rajiv Kapoor 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 attended the annual Kapoor family Christmas lunch in 2020, and was seen in a group picture shared by Kareena on Instagram. The photo showed him sitting next to Randhir and Kunal Kapoor. The Kapoor family lost two members — Rishi and Ritu — last year.
Many of his industry friends offered condolences upon his death. His sister-in-law, Neetu Kapoor, shared a post on Instagram, while others such as Neil Nitin Mukesh and Ranvir Shorey posted tweets.