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Prithviraj Kapoor Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : November 2, 2018

Short Biography

Prithviraj Kapoor, the legendary actor, was born on 3rd November 1906 in Samundri, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. He was an actor with actual stardom and was the pioneer of the Hindi Film Industry. He was an Indian Film Actor, Director, Producer & Writer.

Other Name: Prithvinath Kapoor, The Showman, The Greatest Show Man of Indian Cinema, Charlie Chaplin of Indian Cinema, Raj Sahab
Other Professions: Theatre Actor Film Director Film Producer Writer Founder Theatre Director
Appearance: Bollywood

Prithviraj Kapoor Complete Bio & Career

Prithviraj Kapoor, the patriarch of the Kapoor family, is also the founder of the Indian theatre and the Hindi Cinema, in the country. He is the actor, who started his career in the silent era of movies. He was a multi-talented actor, who could do a positive balance between the theatre and the screen.

Starting his career from the year 1927, the versatile actor proved his caliber in the silent cinema, the theatre, and the talkie cinema. He was one of the founding members of the Prithvi theatres. This venture of his was very close to his heart and he invested a considerable amount of his earnings in the Prithvi Theatres. The theatre used to portray plays, which were conceptualized to motivate the youth, to participate in the Freedom struggle of India. On the 50th anniversary of Prithvi Raj Theatres, Indian postage stamp issued a 2Rs commemorative stamp in his honour.

Few of the noted movies done by the accomplished actor, are Alam Ara, Sikandar, Vidyapati, Aawara, Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai and Nanak Dukhiya Sab Sansar. In addition to Hindi, he has also acted in a landmark Punjabi film called Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai in the year 1969. The film was a huge hit and there were lines of kilometers in Punjab to watch this film. He also received a number of awards out of which the most prominent were, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

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Honours & Awards

Padma Bhushan Civilian Award 1969 Arts
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Indian Cinema Award 1971 Hindi Film Industry

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Prithviraj Kapoor died on 29-05-1972 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. After his death in 1972, he was posthumously awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 1971. He was the third recipient of that award, the highest accolade in Indian cinema.

DEATHDAY 29 May,1972 (Monday)
DEATH PLACE Mumbai, Maharashtra

Prithviraj Kapoor Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was married to Ramsarni Mehra from 1923 until his death in 1972. Together the couple had 3 sons named Shammi, Shashi and Raj Kapoor and a daughter named Urmila Sial. All his sons were legendary actors and actor Rishi Kapoor is his grandson. Actresses Karisma and Kareena Kapoor are his great-granddaughters and actor Ranbir Kapoor is his great-grandson.

Life's Important Dates Of Prithviraj Kapoor

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Mumbai
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Marital Status Married
Debut Do Dhari Talwar (1928)
Best Movies Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai (1969), and Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Prithviraj Kapoor

  • He worked in 9 silent movies such as Sher-e-Arab, Prince Vijaykumar, and Do Dhari Talwar among others.
  • He founded Prithvi Theatres in the year 1996.
  • His film Kal Aaj Aur Kal features three generations of Kapoor family.
  • His role of Mughal Emperor Akbar in the cult classic film Mughal-E-Azam is still remembered.

Prithviraj Kapoor Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Prithviraj Kapoor was 65 years 6 months & 26 days old age.