To mark the 114th birthday of theatre doyen and movie man Prithviraj Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor shared this stunning picture of his dapper grandfather. For the first family of Indian cinema, it had all started with this man. Prtihviraj Kapoor started off as a hero in the silent-era films and was also part of India’s first ever talkie, Alam Ara (1931), but he is best known for his turn as the swashbuckling Alexander the Great in Sohrab Modi's Sikandar (1941).
Apart from giving the industry three generations of great actors, including RaJ, Shammi, Shashi, Rishi, Karishma, Ranbir and Kareena, Kapoor senior has a major influence in Indian theatre. He established Prithvi Theatres in 1944, a travelling theatre company known for its social and political plays. That legacy continues with Kunal Kapoor helming Prithvi Theatre, a theatre space started by Shashi and Jennifer Kendal Kapoor.