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Actor-producer Rajiv Kapoor dies at 58

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Rajiv Kapoor

The minute one hears of the 1985 hit movie Ram Teri Ganga Maili, one instantly thinks of the principle protagonist, and Rajiv Kapoor’s harmless face involves thoughts. The actor, who was the youngest son of veteran filmmaker Raj Kapoor, and the sibling of Rishi and Randhir Kapoor, handed away on February 9 in Mumbai after struggling a cardiac arrest. He was 58.

The actor, affectionately referred to as Chimpu, fell within the household enterprise, making his debut with the 1983 movie Ek Jaan Hain Hum. What adopted had been just a few missable movies like Aasman (1984), Lover Boy (1985) and Zabardast (1985). Till date, Ram Teri Ganga Maili stays probably the most well-known movie credited to the actor. The movie was additionally the final full movie to be directed by Raj Kapoor, who handed away in 1988. The movie, primarily based on the metaphorical journey of the river Ganga, instructed by the life story of Ganga, performed by actor Mandakini. The movie was a brilliant hit, and was an authorized diamond jubilee in Mumbai.

Rajiv was seen in a handful of extra movies over the following decade, however not one of the tasks had been noteworthy.

In the nineties, Rajiv gave up on appearing and began to provide and direct ventures. Henna, India’s official entry for Oscar’s in 1991 for the Best Film in a Foreign Language class, was produced by Rajiv, as was the 1999 movie Aa Ab Laut Chalen. While Heena, which did not get an Oscar nomination, was a industrial and demanding success, and made the Pakistani actress Zeba Bakhtiar a family title in India, Aa Ab Laut Chalen was a flop. Rajiv additionally tried his hand at directing, with the epic-stature movie Prem Granth, starring his brother Rishi Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. The movie which handled rape, forged and stature of ladies in India, was a industrial catastrophe.

The actor-producer was mourned by his former co-stars and colleagues on social media. Madhuri Dixit posted: “Remembering the wonderful moments we shared. My heartfelt condolences to the Kapoor family. RIP.”

Singer Lata Mangeshkar, who sang many of the songs for Ram Teri Ganga Maili, tweeted in Hindi, “I’m deeply saddened by the news. May his soul rest in peace.”

Kareena Kapoor Khan shared an previous image of Raj Randhir, Rishi and Rajiv Kapoor, with the caption ‘Broken but strong’.

Director Ashutosh Gowariker had plans to carry again Rajiv in his appearing avatar, casting him in his upcoming movie Toolsidas Junior, which he’s producing. “It was really lovely to work with Rajiv. On sets, he was an absolute professional. And played the part with so much fun, dignity and ease. What an affable person he was. His performance in Toolsidas Junior is going to surprise everyone. Sadly, he won’t be there to enjoy the accolades…”

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