Rishi Kapoor’s mainstream role came in the movie “Bobby” in the year 1973. Previously, he had a ‘blink, and you miss it’ role in “Shree 420” and played an adolescent version of Raj Kapoor’s character in “Mera Naam Joker”. “Bobby” was a blockbuster, which made him a superstar overnight and thus began the journey of Rishi Kapoor, who, for the next 45 years, entertained millions with his performances and movies. Sadly, this past Wednesday, the great actor passed away. Many people from the industry mourned for his loss.
Let’s take a look at some of the best films of his glorious career:
This is the film that started it all. The story is about two teenagers – Raj and Bobby who fell in love and the problems they had to face due to societal issues such as caste, religion and the gap between the rich and poor. The movie influenced several other teenage romances in the years to come. The incredible chemistry between the lead pair and wonderful music composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal struck the right chord with the audience, and the film became a huge hit.
Featuring one of the most iconic soundtracks in Bollywood, “Karz” had Rishi Kapoor at his peak. He plays Monty, a popular singer who seeks revenge from Kamini, his wife who murdered him in the previous life. The movie has the theme of rebirth, which later inspired movies such as “Karan Arjun”.
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
The Manmohan Desai classic also stars Vinod Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan. The story revolves around three brothers who get separated during childhood only to reunite later and fight against the man responsible for their separation. Rishi Kapoor is charming and delightful, playing Akbar, the qawwali singer.
This is the Yash Chopra classic starring Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, and Vinod Khanna. The film focuses on the love between Chandni (Sridevi) and Rohit (Rishi Kapoor). However, things take a turn when Rohit is paralyzed after an accident. The movie remains one of the last major hits of Rishi Kapoor as the leading man.
Do Dooni Char (2010)
In the film, Kapoor plays a schoolteacher who is trying to make both ends meet for his family and also trying to get a new car. The movie brilliantly portrays the struggles of a middle-class Indian family and Rishi Kapoor gives a splendid performance.