|Reema Jain Kapoor
|September 28, 1952
|Daughter of Raj Kapoor and Krishna Kapoor
Reema Kapoor is a third-generation Kapoor. She is the youngest daughter of famous Indian actor Raj Kapoor. She resembles her brother Randhir Kapoor and is married to businessman Mohan Jain. But most people recognize her as the celebrity daughter of Raj Kapoor. How much do we know about her?
Who Was Her Famous Father?
Born Shristi Nath Kapoor in December 1924, he was an Indian actor, film director, and producer. Raj has worked his entire life in Hindi cinema and many consider him one of the greatest and most influential actors and filmmakers in the history of Indian cinema. He passed away in 1988, and to this day, people refer to him as The Greatest Showman of India Cinema.
Some people also call him Charlie Chaplin of Indian Cinema. Raj was born in Peshawar, as the son of Prithviraj Kapoor. Over the course of his career, he won multiple accolades, including three National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards in India. Raj was inspired by Charlie Chaplin and played characters based on The Tramp in movies.
His movies achieved success in Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Soviet bloc. In 1971, the government of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to the arts.
Born in a large house owned by his grandfather, he was the eldest sibling of six children in the family. His brothers were also actors, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. He also has a sister, Urmila Sial. His family moved during his early life, and he attended several different schools.
At the age of 10, he appeared in a Hindi film for the first time, Inquilab. His big break came when he appeared in Neel Kamal in 1947 opposite Madhubala in her first role as a leading lady.
When he was in his early 20s, he opened his own studio in 1948. Called R.K. Films, he became the youngest film director of his time. Raj made his directorial debut with Aag starring himself, but also Prem Nath, Nargis Dutt, and Kamini Kaushal.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Raj changed his direction, and directed films focusing on female protagonists. Before his death in 1988, he was set to direct Henna, starring his son Rishi Kapoor and Pakistani actress Zeba Bakhtiar.
He got married to Krishna Malhotra in 1946, and the couple had several children. Yet, during their marriage, he had a longtime romantic affair and relationship with renowned actress Nargis Dutt. Neither publicly admitted to the affair, despite being a highly publicized one in the 1940s and 1950s.
Now let’s talk about Reema Kapoor, Raj’s youngest daughter. She is a notable Indian celebrity and a third-generation Kapoor. Some people recognize her as Rima Kapoor.
Born in September 1952 in Mumbai, India, she is a Hindi by religion. As of 2023, she is 71 years old. As a young girl, she attended Mumbai Middle High School.
Reema Jain’s father was a notable Indian celebrity, while her mother Krishna Kapoor was mostly a housewife. Reema grew up in a family with three brothers and one sister. Her siblings are Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor, and Ritu Nanda.
She is married to Manoj Jain, a business visionary and speculation financier. They got married in Mumbai in December 1988.
In June 1990, she gave birth to their first child, Armaan Jain. Four years later, they were blessed with another child, Adar Jain.
Her elder son Armaan is an entertainer as well. He made his film debut in 2014. He was part of one of the most famous Hindi movies, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. Adar, her second child, made his Bollywood debut in the movie Qaidi Band in 2017.
Regarding her professional life, there is not much information. We do know she is a third-generation Kapoor and comes from a superstar family.
But there is no information about Reema Jain’s career. We speculate she spent her life as a housewife, catering to her husband’s needs. Her husband is a successful businessman, and he was the one responsible for bringing food to the table.
The Kapoor Family
Reema grew up in a big and famous family. Her father Raj and mother Krishna Kapoor had five children. Many of them ended up in the entertainment industry as well.
Their sons are Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, and Rajiv Kapoor. And then the daughters Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain (Reema Kapoor).
Her brother Randhir is married to former actress Babita and also fathered famous children like actresses Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. Rishi was married to a former actress as well, Neetu Singh. His son Ranbir Kapoor is also an actor.
As you can see, many of the Kapoor family are in the entertainment business.
The Family Affairs
Reema had a troublesome childhood in terms of media publicity. Her father, the late Raj Kapoor, had a highly publicized affair with Nargis, an Indian actress. While neither admitted to the affair, the family knew.
Rishi Kapoor, her brother and elder son of Raj, had shared many moments of the past in his memoirs, Khullam Khulla.
In one of the chapters, he talks about his father’s relationship with Nargis and Vyjayanthimala. He said that things didn’t change at home when his father was dating Nargis. But his mother Krishna Raj Kapoor put her foot down when it came to Vyjayanthimala.
Rishi said, “I was very young when my father had an affair with NargisJi, and so was not affected by it. I don’t remember feeling anything was amiss at home either. But I do remember moving into the Natraj Hotel on Marine Drive with my mom during the time Papa was involved with Vyjayanthimala”.
He continued, “My mother had decided to put her foot down this time. From the hotel, we shifted for two months into an apartment in Chitrakoot. My father had bought the apartment for Mom and us. He did all he could to woo her back, but my mother didn’t give in until he had ended that chapter of his life”.
It is worth noting that Vyjayanthimala had dismissed the affair, saying it was all a ploy for film promotion.
But Rishi was not having it. He wrote, “In an interview published a few years ago, Vyjayanthimala denied ever having an affair with my father. She claimed that he had manufactured the romance because of his hunger for publicity. I was livid. How could she be so blasé; and pretend the affair never happened? She had no right to distort facts just because he was no longer around to defend the truth”.
Reema Kapoor Jain comes from a wealthy and famous family. But exactly how famous and wealthy? According to some reports, her net worth is estimated between INR 10 and 12 crore as of August 2023. That is $1.2 and $1.5 million, respectively.