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Randhir Kapoor

Randhir Kapoor

Randhir Kapoor (born 15 February 1947) is an Indian film actor, producer and director, who works in the Hindi film industry. He was an established actor of the 1970s and a two-time Filmfare Award nominee. Part of the Kapoor family, he is the son of actor–filmmaker Raj, grandson of actor Prithviraj and the brother of actor Rishi. After working as a child in Shree 420 (1955) and Do Ustad (1956), Kapoor made his acting and direction debut with a leading role in the family drama Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971), a box office success. Subsequently, Kapoor's starring roles in the dramas Jeet (1972), Hamrahi (1974) and the romantic comedies Jawani Diwani (1972), Lafange (1975), Ponga Pandit (1975), Bhala Manus (1976) and the multi-starrers such as Raampur Ka Lakshman (1972) and Haath Ki Safai (1974) established him as a leading actor of Hindi cinema. His performance in the film Kasme Vaade (1978) earned him critical acclaim and a Best Supporting Actor nomination at Filmfare. He was appreciated for his performances in several successful films, including Bhanwar (1976), Khalifa (1976), Aaj Ka Mahaatma (1976), Chacha Bhatija (1977), Mama Bhanja (1977), Heeralaal Pannalal (1978), Chor Ke Ghar Chor (1978), Aakhri Daku (1978), Dhongee (1979), Biwi-O-Biwi (1981) and Humse Na Jeeta Koi (1981). Kapoor's career declined when the musicals romances Harjaee (1981) and Jaane Jaan (1983) became flops, and when his films Khazana and Nikkama (both 1987) got delayed in production. His career failed to propel forward after 1985, after which he quit acting for over a decade. However, the Kapoor-directed blockbuster romantic drama Henna (1991), proved to be the most commercially successful film of the decade — earning him a Filmfare Award for Best Director nomination and was chosen as the Indian submission to the Oscar. In recent years, Kapoor has occasionally returned to films with his biggest commercial success, the ensemble comedy Housefull (2010), and followed it with its sequel (2012), both of which earned over ₹1 billion (US$15 million) worldwide. Kapoor is married to actress Babita Shivdasani since 1971, with whom he has two daughters, actresses Karisma and Kareena Kapoor. The couple separated in 1988, but reconciled in 2007, after living separately for several years.
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