Rishi Kapoor is no more: Remembering Bollywood's evergreen actor who ruled the hearts of millions
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor breathed his last on Thursday morning. He was admitted to Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai yesterday after his health was deteriorated. Rishi Kapoor was 67 years old. Rishi was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2018 and underwent marrow treatment in the US for over 11 months.
Born in 1952, the veteran actor was the second son of late actor Raj Kapoor and the sibling of Randhir, Ritu Nanda, Rima Jain and Rajeev Kapoor. He did his schooling with his brothers at Campion School, Mumbai and Mayo College, Ajmer.
Rishi Kapoor was first seen in his father’s film Shree 420, in the song Pyaar Hua, Iqraar Hua. At that time Rishi was only 3 years old. Later, in 1970 Rishi Kapoor acted in Mera Naam Joker, and won the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist.
After establishing his name in the Bollywood industry, Rishi Kapoor married Neetu Singh, his 15 time co-star, in 1980. The couple has two children, Ridhima Kapoor Sahani and actor Ranbir Kapoor.
After playing child artist in his father’s films, Rishi Kapoor debuted as a lead hero in Bobby, opposite Dimple Kapadia. Bobby became one of the biggest hits of that decade and Rishi Kapoor became favourite choice as a young charming actor of directors and producers.
Later on his choice of roles spanned romances, comedies, socially themed dramas, thrillers, historicals and melodramas. And as a result, his films like Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar , Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Chandni, Heena and Bol Radha Bol, Yeh Vaada Raha, became blockbusters.
Rishi did around 51 films between as solo lead hero between 1973 to 2000, however, only 11 of them became hits and 40 of his films became box-office flops. Rishi perfectly defined the destiny and said, “I didn’t have to struggle for fame and fortune. But not even my extraordinary family legacy could prevent me from the realities of life,” he said in his biography Khullam Khulla.
Later on, he started focusing on doing supporting actor's roles and acted in films like Yeh Hai Jalwa, Hum Tum, Fanaa, Namastey London, Love Aaj Kal and Patiala House.
He also reunited with his wife Neetu Kapoor in Do Dooni Chaar released in 2010. He also made a cameo appearance in Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan along with Neetu Kapoor. In 2012 he took up villainous roles in Agneepath, also starring Hrithik Roshan and D-Day playing the role of Underwold Don.
His latest film 102 Not Out is a comedy-drama film directed by Umesh Shukla. It brought Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor together for the first time after 27 years.
Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2018, after which he spent around 11 months in America for the treatment. He returned in 2019 after his treatment was completed. On April 29, he was admitted to Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai after his health was deteriorated and on April 30, at 8:45 am Rishi Kapoor lost his life.
Posted By: Talib Khan