“He’s gone. I’m destroyed” – Amitabh Bachchan in his latest tweet on the death of his long time friend Rishi Kapoor.
It is another sad day. One of Bollywood’s most versatile actors, loved across generations, Rishi Kapoor is no more. He was keeping unwell for a while and was rushed to a hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday, April 29, where he took his last breath. His wife (and the love of his life) Neetu Singh and his son (one of the most popular Bollywood actors of this generation) Ranbir Kapoor were with him during his last moments.
He belonged to ‘The Kapoor Family’ of Bollywood, and carried the torch from the likes of Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor. His cousin brothers Randheer kapoor and Shashi kapoor have also been noted actors of their time.
Rishi Kapoor was shooting for ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ in Delhi earlier this year when he felt unwell and was later moved to a hospital in Mumbai. Reports suggest that the main cause of his death was cancer relapse. He had undergone a treatment for this cancer in New York. He went there in Sep 2018 and the treatment took almost a year.
He brought magic, charm and a refreshed energy into Bollywood movies in the 70s via his exceptional performances in movies like Bobby (debut), Karz, Chandni, Amar Akbar Anthony. He made a comeback to the movie industry after a long gap in the 2000s and started taking up challenging roles of negative characters and proved his mettle as a versatile actor. His work as Rauf Lala in the remake of Agneepath (starring Hrithik Roshan) will be remembered for generations.
I grew up watching Rishi Kapoor movies and can watch Chandni, and Kapoor & Sons anytime. Both of these movies show how dynamic, and natural he was in the world of acting. To me, Bollywood has lost a legend, an actor who introduced and in a way, redefined romance in Bollywood. The colorful sweater wearing personality suited his charisma.
You’ll live forever in our hearts, Rishi ji. RIP.
Wings down today as well,