Rishi Kapoor, a renowned personality of Indian Hindi Cinema, known as evergreen and versatile actor of 70s and 80s, left the world on April 30 in a hospital in Mumbai. He was suffering with leukemia cancer, for which he had undergone a treatment for a year in New York in 2018. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and returned to India last September following treatment in New York, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning. He left the void in the hearts of his family, friends and thousands of fans who loved him for his work. People like me grew up by watching his unforgettable films during the period of 1952 – 2020. He was a dream boy of many hearts for the famed he got for the romantic roles in his movies. He acted more than 100 films and became famous and the most popular personality of Indian Cinema spanning over four decades.
He belongs to the Kapoor dynasty who have long dominated Bollywood, the Hindi film Industry. One generation of Kapoor family was born in the city of Peshawar in Pakistan. The family migrated to India after the partition in 1947. Rishi Kapoor‘s grandfather, Prithviraj kapoor ran a prominent theatre company. His father Raj kapoor was regarded as one of the greatest actors and directors in Bollywood. He was also called the “showman of Indian cinema”.
Rishi Kapoor was born on 4 september 1952. He was the second son of Actor – Filmmaker Raj Kapoor. His first screen appearance was as a child actor in Shree 420, a film directed and produced by his father Raj Kapoor. He appeared in the iconic song,” Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua” as one of the three children walking in the rain. He made his debut as a child actor in his father Raj kapoor’s film “Mera Nam Joker” in 1970. He received the National film Award for the film “Mera Nam Joker”. His first lead role came in a teenage love story called “Bobby” in 1973. After getting success for the film, it was no stopping for the charming actor. He gave hits like Bobby, Amar Akbar Anthony, Laila Majanu, Rafoo Chakkar, Karz, Chandani, Heena and many more films. He was called “Lover Boy” and “Chocolate Boy” and became a teenage heartthrob of 70s. Rishi Kapoor as his family called him – was “forever youthful”. He was a dashing actor who enjoyed singing and dancing in his films too.
He played the romantic lead in dozens of films for over two decades, after which he made a successful transition to character roles. The veteran actor was bestowed with several significant awards and received the film fare Lifetime achievement awards in 2008. He was recently seen in films like Kapoor and sons, D-Day, Mulk and “102 not out” with legendary actor Mr. Amitabh Bacchan. He portrayed various characters with ease.
The romantic hero was married to actress Neetu Singh and is survived by two children Riddhima kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor was an acclaimed Actor, Director and Producer. He was liked by his followers for good heart and his strong opinions. He was expressing his opinions frankly in his twitter without fear or favor. He was always passionate about films and India’s progress on social media. Some of the controversial tweets pertained to those he made about the Gandhi family in May 2016. He commented on the issue of national assets being named after the Gandhis. He then raised his voice asking politicians that on what grounds Rahul Gandhi was being promoted as congress president. He had been always active on media in posting and commenting about current matters. His last message on Twitter was about how India should fight united coronavirus war. He appealed to society by folding his hands for not to resort to violence, stone throwing or lynching. Doctors, Nurses, Medics and Policemen etc. are endangering their lives to save us. We have to win this coronavirus war together. Please. Jai Hind!
He had also published his biography “Khullam khulla” wherein he actually admitted to buying the Best Actor award for film Bobby in 1974. In this book he discussed his personal life in khullam khulla. His main focus was his family, friends, films and food .George Bernard Shaw said about Rishi kappor that “There is no love sincere than the love of food” and no one proved it better that Rishi Kapoor. Coming from a family of foodies, his life centered around food even on the sets of films .Although he usually preferred to have a healthy breakfast but the smell of parathas always distracted him being the true Punjabi that he was. If one had to find where Rishi kapoor was, when he was not shooting and was spending time with his family, a restaurant was the most probable place. Being a true Punjabi he loved parathas and non-vegetarian food. He was very fond of Parsi Akori style eggs and yakhni pulao prepared by his mother. The traditional Fish Fry, Yellow Dal, Dal Tadka, Palak Paneer were his other favourites. He loved Chinese food too and was spotted on several occasions visiting the best Chinese restaurants in Mumbai. He also fond of Whiskey and was spotted in most of restaurant and party pics with smile and a glass raised to a toast – we may not see that smiling face again but his love for life, food and acting will continue to inspire us. He valued all good things of life and lived it to the fullest, making the most of everything and taking head on or laughing away what irked. He taught us the way life should be lived, to the fullest, sans regrets, saying cheers to all that it offers, till the very end.
The political and film fraternity reacted to the demise of veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was “anguished” by the demise of Rishi Kapoor. He referred to him as a powerhouse of talent.
- President Ram Nath Kovid on Thursday expressed his condolences on the demise of veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor, calling it as a shocking and huge loss for the entertainment Industry.
- Kamal Hassan and Rishi kapoor notably played best friends in Ramesh Sippy’s 1985 film, Sagar. They had extended their bond beyond the screen. He said that “I will miss my friend. My heartfelt condolence to the family.”
- Rajnikanth, who had acted with Rishi Kapoor in the Hindi film Dosti Dushmani, described him as a “dearest friend” over his co-star’s demise following his battle with cancer.
- Veteran actor Amitabh Bacchan, who was Rishi Kapoor’s co-star in his most recent film “102 Not Out” wrote on Twitter that Rishi Kapoor gone…Just passed away… “I am destroyed!”
- Minister of Information and Broadcasting Praksh Javadekar said that he was not only a great actor but a good human being.
- Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Rishi Kapoor was not only a great actor but also a straight forward human being. In his death, we have lost a link to connect two generations of artists. He was the torch-bearer of an illustrious legacy of his family whose contribution to the Indian film Industry is Unparalleled.
Rishi kapoor left us with music and memories for a lifetime. He will be remembered for his incredible work in Indian cinema and will remain as the evergreen actor who ruled millions of hearts.
“Legends Never Die, They still hold a special place in people’s Heart!”