Rishi Kapoor is no more: A look at the formidable film career of Bollywood’s 'Chintu'
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: On Thursday morning, the nation and world woke up to the news of the irretrievable loss of its glowing creative face of Hindi Film Industry who entertained multiple generations of film lovers altogether – Rishi Kapoor’s death at 67 has shaken the country’s creative conscience all at once.
In a career spanning close to five decades, the roles which he portrayed on the silver screen are etched in the minds of his fans and critics, alike. From the next-door boy out to explore the horizon for love and identity in and as ‘Bobby’ to an adorable granddad in ‘Kapoor and Sons’, Rishi Kapoor was a creative institution in himself.
Rishi Kapoor said in an interview that his first appearance on a film was in 1955’s Shree 420, where in the song "Pyaar Hua, Iqraar Hua", he is walking through the rain with 2 other small children. He was about 3 at the time, and said that Nargis had bribed him with a few chocolates to do the scene.
Later on, as a child actor, Rishi Kapoor rocked his introductory flick in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ for which he received National Award in 1970.
He received the Filmfare Award for ‘Best Actor’ for his incredible portrayal of Bobby. In a public interation, Kapoor stated that, "There was a misconception that the film was made to launch me as an actor. The film was actually made to pay the debts of Mera Naam Joker. Dad wanted to make a teenage love story and he did not have money to cast Rajesh Khanna in the film".
Bobby was one of the decade's biggest hits in India. Between 1973 and 2000, he played close to a hundred lead roles as the romantic lead, most notably in Bobby , 'Laila Majnu', 'Rafoo Chakkar' ,'Amar Akbar Anthony', 'Sargam', 'Karz', 'Prem Rog', 'Nagina', 'Chandni', 'Heena', 'Bol Radha Bol' and 'Yeh Vaada Raha'.
He moved on to play supporting roles from 2000 onward. He appeared in films such as ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’ (2002), ‘Hum Tum’ (2004), ‘Fanaa’ (2006), Namastey London (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Patiala House (2010). He reunited onscreen with his wife Neetu Singh in the film Do Dooni Chaar (2010).
In 2009, Rishi Kapoor was honored by the Russian Government for his outstanding contribution to Cinema.
In 2012 he appeared in a negative role in Hrithik Roshan starrer ‘Agneepath’. Later on, in ‘Housefull 2’ where he appeared with brother Randhir Kapoor for the first time after 'Khazana' in the mid-1980s. He made a cameo along with his wife Neetu Kapoor in Yash Chopra's last directorial flick ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ along with his wife.
Rishi Kapoor reinvented himself in 2017, by playing the formidable granddad to Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan in ‘Kapoor and Sons’. Next year, in ‘102 Not Out’ he was re-united with his long-running co-star Amitabh Bachchan after 27 years.
Rishi Kapoor left the world on Thursday morning at Mumbai’s HN Reliance Hospital, where he succumbed to complications of cancer at the age of 67. He is survived by wife Neetu Kapoor, daughter Riddhima Kapoor and son Ranbir Kapoor.
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