Rishi Kapoor passed away on April 30, 2020, in Mumbai but his fond memories will always stay in our heart. Known for great acting chops and versatile roles, Rishi was globally known by his nickname Chintu. Although the endearing call waslov loved by fans, the actor did not like the nickname. He even tweeted expressing the struggle he went through to establish his name as Rishi Kapoor. Now, the true story behind his nickname has been revealed. It was actually taken from a poem that Rishi’s older brother actor Randhir Kapoor had read in school.
Randhir revealed on Karan Johar's Koffee With Karan that when Rishi was born he was very tiny and there was a famous riddle in his school which said, 'Chote se Chintu miya, Lambi si Pooch, Jaha jaaye Chintu miya, wahaan jaye pooch.’ so since then everyone started calling Rishi Chintu.
Rishi had revealed the same in another interview and said, “When my brother, Randhir Kapoor, was in school, he found a poem that had the following lines, ‘Chote se Chintu miya, Lambi si Pooch, Jaha jaaye Chintu miya, wahaan jaye pooch.’ Since I was youngest and the newly born, Chintu became my nickname,” the actor had said.
(Source: Star World)