The nation hadn’t even recovered from the shock of losing Irrfan Khan, when the very next day the news of Rishi Kapoor’s demise arrived. The Bollywood legend, who had charmed the audience with his performances in movies such as “Bobby”, “Amar Akbar Anthony” and “Karz”, was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. On Wednesday morning, after complaining of uneasiness he was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Hospital.
The 70s heartthrob and one of the most popular romantic heroes of Bollywood came from the illustrious Kapoor family. His first performance on the silver screen was in his father’s film Shree 420 where he was seen briefly in the popular song “Pyar hua Ikrar hua”. Several Bollywood personalities took to Twitter and other social media platforms saluting his work and mourning his death.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who was close to Rishi Kapoor, expressed her grief on her social media handle saying – “So much love for you…and from you my dearest Chintu uncle…ALWAYS… so heartbroken…May your Soul Rest in Peace God Bless There will never be another… just TOO SPECIAL.. and the memories… Precious… Miss you and Love you Forever… “
The actress also posted pictures of her and Rishi Kapoor from their meeting in New York, where Kapoor was undergoing treatment for his cancer.
Tributes like these show the impact he had on his peers. He made his debut as a child actor in the movie “Mera Naam Joker”. However, the movie didn’t do well and was a flop. He tasted mainstream success with “Bobby” in 1973, which was one of the most commercially successful movies of the decade. During that time, most of the actors were playing angry young me; his youthful exuberance was embraced by the audience. He had a wonderful chemistry with Neetu Kapoor and were the top duo of the 70s. They did many movies together and later got married.
Even in his later career, he continued to work and enthralled people with his brilliant performances in movies like “Kapoor and Sons” and “Mulk”, which introduced him to a whole new generation of audience. In an interview, he said his days of being the leading man are over and he is discovering the actor within.
Rishi Kapoor will always remain one of the most charming leading heroes Bollywood has ever seen. May his soul rest in peace.