…I have heard Rishi Kapoor refer to having launched the careers of 20+ heroines in Bollywood…been struggling to compile a listing of these young ladies. Here is what I have come up with –

  1. Dimple Kapadia – Bobby
  2. Ranjeeta – Laila Majnu
  3. Shoma Anand – Barood
  4. Kajal Kiron – Hum Kisise Kam Nahin
  5. Bhavana Bhatt – Naya Daur – not really this sometime starlet’s first movie but perhaps her only significant one
  6. Jaya Prada – Hindi entry through Sargam
  7. Kim – Naseeb (again benefit of doubt)
  8. Padmini Kolhapure – Zamaane Ko Dikhaana Hai (again benefit of doubt, Ahista Ahista would probably qualify as the former child artiste’s first movie as a leading lady)
  9. Radhika – Naseeb Apna Apna
  10. Sonam – Vijay (a bit of a stretch considering the multi-starrer Vijay but let’s grant it for now)
  11. Vinita Goel (Janam Janam)
  12. Sangita Bijlani (Hathyar – just preceded the more famous Tridev)
  13. Zeba Bakhtiar (Henna)
  14. Rukhsar (Inteha Pyar Ki, technically her second Hindi Movie as heroine)

Anyway, perhaps even 14 is not a bad number in a day and age where stars prefer the safe way out and work with other established names only. I am sure there are several I have missed – do let me know of the other neophyte heroines that Rishi Kapoor has co-starred with.

and some comments from the days when this was first posted…:

Jaunty Quicksand said…
I could not think of any more. But, depending upon your criteria, there are a couple of contenders.
1. Ashwini Bhave – Henna (she was the 2nd lead, but it was her first movie)
2. Divya Bharati – Deewana (it was released the same year as some of her other movies, but I cannot recall whether it was her first release).By the way, Salman Khan is half-way to Rishi Kapoor’s mark.
1. Bhagyashree (Maine Pyar Kiya)
2. Nagma (Baaghi)
3. Raveena Tandon (Patthar Ke Phool)
4. Chandni (Sanam Bewafa)
5. Revathi (Love)
6. Bhoomika Chawla (Tere Naam)
7. Sneha Ullal (Lucky)

3:02 PM


Aruna said…
wow! thats an impressive list! cant think of any more…. but will try and crack those 6 more….btw, got to your blog from a link on my friend Manish’s blog.

1:23 AM


Buck said…
..good point – about Salman Khan, he definitely seems to be taking mighty strides in the Shammi Kapoor/Rishi Kapoor footsteps…I like Patthar Ke Phool a lot – personally think that the “Kabhi Tu Chhaliya Lagta Hai” number is a significant improvement on almost any other movie name medley other than the original one of course (Mere Jiwan Saathi Pyar Kiye Jaa from Ek Duuje Ke Liye)