Do You Know Why Rishi Kapoor Was Called 'Chintu'? Randhir Kapoor Reveals Story Behind The Nickname

When Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor on 'Koffee With Karan' had revealed how the former had nicknamed the latter, Chintu. Find out the interesting story behind the nickname Chintu.


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Do You Know Why Rishi Kapoor Was Called 'Chintu'? Randhir Kapoor Reveals Story Behind The Nickname

We know that Hrithik Roshan’s nickname is Duggu, Rakesh Roshan is Guddu, Karisma Kapoor is Lolo, Kareena Kapoor Khan is Bebo, Govinda is Chi Chi, Alia Bhatt is Aloo, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is Gullu, but rarely we know the story behind how and why did their loved ones keep the nickname of the celebs. The Kapoors have nicknames Daboo for Randhir Kapoor, Chimpu for Rajiv Kapoor and Chintu for Rishi Kapoor. It was in 2007 when the mystery behind Rishi Kapoor’s nickname was revealed. (Also Read: Rare And Unseen Pictures Of Rishi Kapoor: A Throwback To His Childhood And Moments Spent With Family)

It was in 1952 when Raj Kapoor and Krishna Raj Kapoor were blessed with their second son, Rishi Kapoor. Brother of Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor too, had followed the footsteps of his star family and had joined Bollywood. With around 150 films in his kitty, he made us Deewana over his charm and left us in his Karz for entertaining us till his last breath. Rishi Kapoor had left for heavenly abode on April 30, 2020, and since then, his fans have been reminiscing the beautiful moments he had left us with.


The official page of Star World had released a clip a few days back, from Karan Johar’s chat show, Koffee With Karan. Karan had invited Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor on his show, and the brother duo had revealed how the former had nicknamed the latter, Chintu. Randhir ji had said, “In school, I had found a poem that had the following lines, ‘Chote se Chintu miya, Lambi si Pooch, Jaha jaaye Chintu miya, wahaan jaye pooch.’ Since he was the newly born, Chintu became his nickname.” In fact, in 2019, Rishi ji had expressed his struggle on establishing his name as Rishi Kapoor and the dislike of his nickname had led him to not give his children, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and Ranbir Kapoor nicknames.



While speaking at the 16th Pune International Film Festival’s PIFF Forum, Rishi Kapoor had revealed that as a father, his dad, Raj Kapoor wanted his children to discover their own identity. He had stated, “He [Raj] is my guru…When I reached the set to film Main shayar to nahi, there was no choreographer to help me with the shoot. I asked sahab (Raj Kapoor) about it and he said there was no need for one. I got very upset and nervous about it as it was my first time shooting a song. But he was certain about it as he didn’t want me to copy someone else…he wanted me to have my own signature style.” (Also Read: When Rishi Kapoor Revealed Whom He Wants His Son, Ranbir Kapoor To Marry, It's Not His GF Alia Bhatt)

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Rishi Kapoor, in his autobiography, Khullam Khulla, had candidly opened up about his relationship with father, Raj Kapoor. Revealing how and when he had stopped fearing his father, Rishi Kapoor had remarked, “I am not entirely sure when I stopped fearing my father. It may have happened with my own rising stardom. My father and I had a strange relationship. One day, I remember, soon after I had become a star in my own right, we inadvertently shared a bedroom. I was quite high and wanted to go to the bathroom. On my way back, in my drunken stupor, I turned right instead of left. Without realising it, I ended up sleeping next to my father. When I woke up I was in the tiger’s den. After all those years of fearing him, I ended up sharing a bed with him!”

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And what followed after he got over fearing his father, Rishi Kapoor had continued, “When I finally got over the fear of my father, it was replaced by an indescribable love and respect that just kept growing, especially after I had the opportunity to work closely with him. For me, Raj Kapoor was both father and guru, the person who taught me everything I know about my craft. I worked with him in three movies (Mera Naam Joker, Bobby and Prem Rog), the most for any actor after Nargis ji.”

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Concluding with his relationship with Raj Kapoor as an adult, Rishi Kapoor had remarked, “As an adult, I shared a few drinks with Papa, but I never smoked in front of him. It was just something that came from a deep sense of respect – he knew by then that I smoked. Papa was also a smoker and even after he was told to kick the habit, he’d cheat. He even smoked on the sly in the hospital when he was seriously ill with chronic asthma.” (Also Read: When Ranbir Kapoor Had Touched Rishi Kapoor's Feet At An Award Function And Made Neetu Kapoor Proud)

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