He was 16 and still in school when he was cast in Mera Naam Joker. Rishi kapoor probably had the longest career as a romantic hero in Bollywood from Bobby (1973) to Karobaar(2000). When he entered the film industry, the ‘70s were a very romantic time. The films were driven by strong emotional relationships in which one make sacrifices for his/her love. Basically he is an angry man where everything makes him angry. But as an actor, on screen he is very romantic by dancing, singing with heroines and wearing Glitter jackets popularly known as Karz jackets.
The popularity of the jackets is such that he along with his actor son Ranbir Kapoor wore identical Karz jackets for the International Indian Academy (IIFA-2012) awards function where both of them danced together.
He had such an open mindedness where he admitted that though he was not thin as a romantic hero but he was healthy.
He always felt that movie industry is a creative world where so many creative minds involved in a motion picture. So there is a chance of things can go wrong. He believes that a movie on making may need a horoscope to avoid failure.
Rishi Kapoor, whose acting career has seen a resurgence of late, playing villain in Agneepath and gay teacher in Student of the Year.
One can see his on screen aggressiveness with a little girl in one scene in Agneepath.
He was a simple person by nature. He was slapped by his father, Show Man Raj Kapoor, at a very young age, because he smoked a cigarette borrowed from his make-up man.
Though he is a family man, he never became a friend to his father Raj Kapoor or his son Ranbir Kapoor. But he was very affectionate towards his son and very much thankful to his father who made him romantic hero when he was 19. Rishi Kapoor roamed entire London to find a guitar to his five-year-old son though it was raining.
He spent his off-screen life fighting demons of alcoholism and insecurity.