“I have lost my youngest brother, Rajiv. He is no more."
Bollywood actor Rajiv Kapoor has passed away at the age of 58 following a heart attack.
According to reports, the Ram Teri Ganga Maili was rushed to Inlaks Hospital in Mumbai.
However, Kapoor was declared dead on arrival.
This is the Kapoor family’s second loss in one year, as Rajiv’s older brother Rishi passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2020, after a long battle with cancer.
Randhir Kapoor stated that doctors were unable to save his younger brother’s life despite their best efforts, and confirmed Rajiv’s death in a conversation with Times of India.
Randhir Kapoor said:
“I have lost my youngest brother, Rajiv. He is no more. The doctors tried their best but could not save him.”
He added: “I am at the hospital, waiting for his body.”
Rishi Kapoor’s widow Neetu Kapoor paid tribute to her brother-in-law by sharing an image of him to her Instagram account on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
The image is simply captioned: “RIP.”
Neetu’s daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, shared the same picture to her Instagram account.
The caption read: “Good bye uncle #RIP”.
The comments section of both posts is filling with tributes to the late actor, who was also affectionately known as ‘Chimpu’.
Condolences have been pouring in from the likes of Soni Razdan, Maheep Kapoor, and Saba Ali Khan.
Twitter tributes to Rajiv Kapoor
Fellow members of the film industry and beyond have been paying their respects to Rajiv Kapoor on Twitter.
Will miss you so much Chimpu. All the fun times, the stories and jokes. Will miss you specially at Kaka's house. We will always love you, always think about you and miss you! Heartbroken #RajivKapoor pic.twitter.com/tdfWp3fgD7
— Tehseen Poonawalla Official (@tehseenp) February 9, 2021
Indian businessman and social activist Tehseen Poonawalla said:
“We will miss you so much Chimpu. All the fun times, the stories and jokes. Will miss you specially at Kaka’s house.
“We will always love you, always think about you and miss you! Heartbroken.”
Fellow Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh also tweeted:
“Devastated!! Another big loss to the family one of my most favourite people in the world. Love him so so dearly.”
“Don’t remember a Happy Moment without him. Chimpu uncle we will miss you.”
Although a part of one of the most prominent film families in India, Rajiv Kapoor mostly stayed under the radar.
He made his Bollywood debut in Ek Jaan Hain Hum in 1983 and played the lead role in the 1985 film Ram Teri Ganga Maili, his father’s last directorial project.
His most notable on-screen appearances include Aasmaan, Lover Boy, Zabardast, and Hum To Chale Pardes.
After his final appearance in the 1990 film Zimmedaar, Kapoor turned to producing and directing.
Rajiv was the director of the 1996 film Prem Granth, in which his brother Rishi played the lead role.