Rajiv Kapoor is third, and for some reasons the lesser known son of great Raj Kapoor, and the grandson of veteran Prithviraj Kapoor, and is the brother of Ritu, Randhir, Rishi, and Rima. He was often referred by his nickname ‘Chimpu’. His sister-in-laws are renowned Bollywood actresses Neetu Singh and Babita. His paternal uncles are Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, cousin to Sanjana, Karan, and Kunal, and he is an uncle to Kareena and Karisma.
He started his career as a lead actor in the year 1983 release 'Ek Jaan Hai Hum', and since then acted in films like ‘Zabardast', 'Aasman', 'Lava', 'Mera Saathi', 'Lover Boy', ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili', 'Zalzala', 'Preeti', 'Hum To Chale Pardes', 'Shukriya', Naag Nagin', and 'Zimmedar', which was indeed his last film as an Actor.
Later on, he tried his hands in productions and produced few films like 'Prem Granth', 'Henna', & 'Aa Ab Laut Chalen'; He also tried his hands at the direction, and directed a couple of films like 'Prem Granth' and 'Biwi O Biwi'.
This good-looking young man is still known for his exceptional performance in award-winning 'Ram Teri Ganga Maili'. The film was directed by his father Raj Kapoor and was produced by his elder brother Randhir. This film was also the debut film of actress Mandakini.