The Kapoor family holds the legacy of centuries of Indian cinema to itself. From Prithviraj Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor, the industry has been gifted with phenomenal male and female actors from the family. More often than not, Ranbir identifies himself as a proud grandson of legendary Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor. With his grand-dad, Ranbir not only shares the love for theatre but also his first name.
It is a less known fact that Prithviraj Kapoor's son, Raj Kapoor was named Ranbir Raj Prithviraj Kapoor at birth. Despite the fact that the actor always went by the name Raj, his first name is originally Ranbir. In 1982, prominent actors Neetu Singh and Raj Kapoor's son, Rishi Kapoor gave birth to another member of the legendary family, Ranbir Kapoor. To put it in a tree diagram, Ranbir Kapoor is the fourth of the family, preceded by Rishi Kapoor and Raj Kapoor who are the third and second generation respectively.
Raj Kapoor is regarded as one of the finest actors in the history of Bollywood. His accolades include 11 Filmfare awards and 3 National Film awards. His performance in Awaara was greatly acclaimed across the globe. Ranbir has expressed the gratitude he holds for his grandfather, Raj Kapoor multiple times. He claims to have always been inspired by Raj Kapoor's acting. He chose to work in the Bollywood industry because of the extraordinary actor of the 90s.
Both the actors not only share the same first name, but also the exceptional comic timing. It is a dominant opinion that Ranbir's performance in some major commercial hits like Jagga Jasoos and Barfi! is largely inspired by Raj Kapoor. Undoubtedly a certain line of similarity can be drawn between the two versatile actors. While interacting with the media for the promotion of Jagga Jasoos, Ranbir doffed his hat off to the incredible journey of Raj Kapoor to the pinnacle of success. He also shared how blessed he felt to be a part of the legendary family and more precisely, to be Raj Kapoor's grandson.
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