Veteran actor-director Rajiv Kapoor, 58, dies of heart attack

Actor-director Rajiv Kapoor, 58, died in Mumbai on Tuesday morning. (File photo: AFP)

Rajiv Kapoor, the son of veteran filmmaker-actor Raj Kapoor, passed away on Tuesday.

Neetu Kapoor, wife of late actor Rishi Kapoor, wrote “RIP” alongside a picture of her brother-in-law. She was the first to confirm the news on Instagram.

The 58-year-old actor-director died on Tuesday morning following a heart attack, according to reports.

He had made his acting debut with 1983 film Ek Jaan Hain Hum, but made first appearance as a leading character in blockbuster Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), which was Raj Kapoor’s last directorial venture.

The actor-director featured in films like Aasmaan, Lover Boy, Zabardast and Hum To Chale Pardes. His last film as a hero was 1990’s Zimmedaar. He then made a switch to production and direction. His first production was Henna, directed by his eldest brother Randhir Kapoor, which featured Rishi.

In 1996, Rajiv made his feature directorial debut with Prem Granth, starring Rishi and Madhuri Dixit-Nene. He also produced the Rishi-directed 1999 romance drama Aa Ab Laut Chalen.

Rajiv was the youngest among his three brothers — Randhir, Rishi and Rajiv — and sisters Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain. His eldest sister Ritu and brother Rishi died in January and April last year.

(With inputs from agencies)

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