Who are Ranbir and Rishi Kapoor? Indian stars had fanboy moment with Robert De Niro

Ranbir and Rishi Kapoor
Ranbir and Rishi Kapoor recently ran into Robert de Niro in New York, but who are they? Pic credit: @chintskap/Twitter

Last night, Rishi Kapoor shared a photo on Twitter, revealing that he and his son, Ranbir Kapoor, had run into actor Robert de Niro in New York City on 65th and 3rd.

The trio took a selfie together and Rishi couldn’t stop gushing about how awesome it was to meet him. In the tweet, he explained that de Niro stopped to chat because he knew his son Ranbir. And while celebrity sightings in New York are common, many US movie-goers probably don’t know who Rishi and Ranbir are.

Rishi Kapoor is originally from Bombay, India and he is part of a well-known family in the country. His brothers, Randhir and Rajiv Kapoor are actors, and his father is a film director and actor, Raj Kapoor.

Rishi fits right into this family, as he had his first lead role in a movie in 1973 in the film, Bobby. The Kapoor family as a whole is considered to be the first family of Bollywood.

Throughout his career, Rishi Kapoor has starred in 51 films where he was the solo lead hero from 1974 to 1997, but only 11 of them turned out to be hit movies. 40 of them flopped at the box office, according to IMDB. However, he filmed 51 multi-lead films, where he had more success with 25 box office hits.

His total list of credits includes 159 projects as an actor. He’s been active throughout his career, including wrapping up The Body, which is currently in post-production, and filming two movies now, Jhootha Kahnin Ka, and an untitled Hitesh Bhatia project.

Rishi has been married to Neetu Singh since January 22, 1980 and he has has two children – son, Ranbir and daugther, Riddhima Kapoor Sahani.

But it was his son that Robert de Niro recognized. Who is his son, Ranbir?

Ranbir Kapoor is considered to be the fourth generation of the prestigious Kapoor family, who has truly made a mark on the Bollywood movement. Ranbir is following in his father’s footsteps with acting, and he has worked on 29 acting projects. He’s known for his work in Rockstar from 2011, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani from 2013, Barfi! from 2012, and Wake Up Sid from 2009. He’s currently working on the movies, Brahmastra and Zindabaad.

According to Times of India, it appears that the Kapoor family is often in the headlines, including Ranbir’s personal relationship. He’s been linked to Alia Bhatt and they are both in the upcoming movie, Brahmastra. When asked about marriage, he revealed that the relationship was rather new and he wasn’t interested in making decisions and judgments about his relationships.

The publication also reveals that he has a tendency to drink a lot, but doesn’t have a drinking problem. He has reportedly revealed that when he does start to consume alcohol, he struggles to stop.

But why are these two in New York?

According to Hindustan Times, Rishi Kapoor is currently in the United States to undergo treatment for an undisclosed issue. He hasn’t talked about what is wrong with him, but there have been speculation that he was struggling with cancer. The family has refuted the claims, but Rishi hasn’t talked about what could be wrong with him.

Fans of the Kapoor family are eagerly waiting to hear Rishi Kapoor’s official diagnosis is.

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