- Rishi Kapoor was born in Chembur on 4 september 1952, Bombay in a Punjabi. He was the second son of actor-film director Raj Kapoor and his wife Krishna Raj Kapoor.
- He was also the grandson of actor Prithviraj Kapoor. He did his schooling with his brothers at Campion School, Mumbai and Mayo College, Ajmer.
- His brothers, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor; maternal uncles, Prem Nath and Rajendra Nath; and paternal uncles, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor are all actors. He has two sisters, insurance agent Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain.
- His first ever role in a movie was for Raj Kapoor’s Shree 420, where in the song “Pyaar Hua, Iqraar Hua”, he is walking through the rain with 2 other small children.
- Rishi Kapoor debuted in Raj Kapoor’s (his father) 1970 film Mera Naam Joker, playing a childhood role of his father. He had his first lead role as an adult, opposite Dimple Kapadia in the 1973 film Bobby.
- Subsequently, only 11 of his 51 solo hero films were successful at the box office, and 25 of the 41 multihero films were successful at the box office. Rishi Kapoor had 51 films as the solo lead hero from 1973 to 2000, but 40 of them were box office flops and only 11 managed to be hits.
- In 1999 he directed the film Aa Ab Laut Chalen.His last film as a romantic lead was the delayed Karobaar: The Business of Love (2000).
- He moved on to supporting roles in the 2000s. He has since appeared in films such as Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Hum Tum (2004), Fanaa (2006), Namastey London (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Patiala House(2010).
- He reunited onscreen with Neetu Singh in the film Do Dooni Chaar (2010). In 2012 he appeared in a villainous role in Agneepath and in the multi-starrer Housefull 2.
- In 2019, he appeared in The Body which was released on 13 December 2019.Incidentally it was his last released film before his death on 30 April 2020. Sharmaji Namkeen directed by Hitesh Bhatia, with Juhi Chawla was under production at the time of his death.
- Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and went to New York City for treatment. After a successful treatment for over a year, Rishi Kapoor returned to India in 26 September, 2019
- He was admitted to H. N. Reliance Hospital, Mumbai on 29 April, 2020 after he complained of having problems in breathing. He passed away on 30 April, 2020 at 5:20 AM (IST).