When Rishi Kapoor revealed how he got nicknamed 'Chintoo' and why he hated being called by it
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Rishi Kapoor, the romantic star of many a Bollywood films who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018, died in a Mumbai hospital on Thursday.
67-year-old Rishi, a third generation actor of the famous Kapoor dynasty, was famous with his nickname ‘Chintu’ in the film industry.
In an interview in 2015, the evergreen romantic hero of Bollywood revealed he was given the nickname 'Chintoo' after a poem, which his elder brother Randhir used to recite in school.
"It was something created ever since infancy. When my brother Randhir Kapoor was in school, he found a poem that had the following lines: 'Chote Se Chintu Miya, Lambi Si Pooch. Jaha Jaye Chintu Miya, Waha Jaye Pooch'.
"Since I was the youngest and newly born, Chintu became my nickname," Rishi said in a statement.
Last year, Rishi - in a tweet, shared his plight that he did not like his nickname. He posted an old photo of himself in which he is seen wearing a cap which had “CHINTOO” written on it.
In the next tweet, he wrote: “Worked very hard to get Rishi Kapoor back as my name! Parents must never nickname a child. I never did.”
Worked very hard to get Rishi Kapoor back as my name! Parents must never nick name a child. I never did.— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) December 4, 2019
In his tweet, the actor mentioned how he "worked hard" to be called Rishi Kapoor and not Chintoo and the fact that he didn't give nicknames to his children, Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhimma Kapoor.
The Kapoor family, however, is known for animated nicknames. Apart from Chintoo, we have nicknames like Daboo (Randhir Kapoor), Chimpu (Rajiv Kapoor), Lolo (Karisma Kapoor) and Bebo (Kareena Kapoor).
Even Kareena’s son Taimur was not spared from the tradition and is nicknamed as Tim.
Rishi made his first screen appearance as a child artiste in his father Raj Kapoor's film “Shri 420”, where he appeared in the song “Pyaar hua ekraar hua”. This was followed by "Mera Naam Joker". But it was in 1973, with the blockbuster “Bobby”, again directed by his father, that he made his debut as a romantic hero. He continued to be a favourite romantic hero for almost three decades.
His notable films as a romantic hero are "Laila Majnu", "Rafoo Chakkar", "Karz", "Chandni", "Heena" and "Saagar".
He was, however, more proud of his second innings as an actor, which he found more satisfying. His notable films as a character artiste are "Do Dooni Chaar" with wife Neetu, "Agnipath" and "Kapoor & Sons".
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