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Puja Talwar: The first family of Bollywood - eight decades , four generations - have played starring roles in the history of Indian cinema and continue to do so. Prithviraj Kapoor laid the foundation of the dynasty; his sons were Raj, Shammi and Shashi; Raj's sons Randhir and Rishi continued the family business; and the fourth generation consists of Randhir's daughters Karisma and Kareena, and Rishi's son Ranbir. Shashi's daughter Sanjana runs Prthivi Theatre, and acting genes were imported into the family by way of Shammi's first wife Geeta Bali, Shashi's wife Jennifer Kendal, Randhir's wife Babita and Rishi's wife Neetu Singh. Today, we visit the legacy of the unstoppable Kapoors, the only real dynasty in Indian cinema. 

1.Starting off as an extra, the Kapoor patriarch appeared in a supporting role in the first Indian talkieAlam Ara (1931). His first lead role was in Sohrab Modi's Sikander in 1944.

2.He laid the foundations of Prithvi, a travelling theatre troupe which staged memorable productions across the country. Today, Prithvi is still run by the Kapoors today.

3.Prithviraj's son Raj began as a clapper-boy. When Kidar Sharma was filming Vishkanya (1943), Raj would always comb his hair and pose in front of the camera before giving the clap. When Kidar Sharma was shooting a close-up as the sun was going down, Raj caught the hero's beard in the clapperboard and it came off. Sharma lost his temper and reportedly slapped young Raj in front of the whole unit.

4.Raj's real name was Ranbir, shared by his grandson. Raj was the middle name of all the Kapoor brothers. Shammi's real name was Shamsher Raj and Shashi was really Balbir Raj.

5.Raj Kapoor first wanted to become a music director before making it big as an actor. He became the youngest film director at 24.

6.He set up R K Films in 1948. The first film from the banner was Aag, directed by Raj Kapoor, the first movie starring himself and Nargis. But Barsaat brought the studio success, and a scene featuring Nargis, Raj and a violin became the RK Films' logo. 

7.The success of Barsaat allowed Raj Kapoor to buy R K Studio in Chembur. The first scene shot in the studio was the dream sequence from Awaara.

8. At Dilip Kumar's wedding, one of the most glamorous of it's time, the baraat was led by Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand. 

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