Rajiv Kapoor
Rajiv Kapoor
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Rajiv Kapoor, son of celebrated filmmaker-actor Raj Kapoor, died on Tuesday due to a heart attack. He was 58.

Members of the Kapoor family and celebrities, including Alia Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Shah Rukh Khan, and others, gathered to pay their final respects.

The last rites were performed at a cremation ground in Chembur, Mumbai, as his family bid adieu to him with a heavy heart.

Neetu Kapoor took to Instagram and shared that there will be no Chautha for the late actor.

Chautha is a day of mourning and prayers for the dead, on the fourth day after the funeral.

She wrote, “Due to the current pandemic circumstances, there will be no Chautha held for the Late Mr Rajiv Kapoor for safety reasons.”

“The entire Raj Kapoor family is a part of your grief too," she added.

Kareena Kapoor Khan also paid her respects to her uncle by sharing a throwback picture in which her grandfather Raj Kapoor can be seen with his three sons Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, and Rajiv Kapoor. She captioned the image: "Broken but strong" followed by a broken heart emoticon.

Rajiv made his debut with the 1983 film Ek Jaan Hain Hum, but his first appearance as a leading man was in the blockbuster Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), which was Raj Kapoor's last directorial venture.

He went on to feature in films like Aasmaan, Lover Boy, Zabardast, and Hum To Chale Pardes. Zimmedar, released in 1990, was his last film as a hero.

He was set to return to the screen after 30 years with Ashutosh Gowariker's Toolsidas Junior.

Rajiv Kapoor was the youngest among three brothers and two sisters—Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Ritu Nanda, and Rima Jain.

His eldest sister Ritu Nanda and brother Rishi Kapoor passed away in January and April last year.

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