RISHI KAPOOR: Passed at 67 while fighting Leukemia

Rishi Kapoor , Passed at 67 while fighting Leukemia, Image source from Instagram

Rishi Kapoor’s daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni arrived in Mumbai from New Delhi

NEW DELHI: Rishi Kapoor passed away on 30th April, 2020 at 8:45 am IST in hospital. He had leukemia from past two years and he fought this battle courageously. He was full of life and zest, even in the saddest times he remained jaunty, a high spirited man. We all are saddened by his untimely death but according to his loved ones he died peacefully. Kapoor family gave many stars to the film industry; no doubt he was one of the brightest stars. It is very downhearted for everyone, especially for his fans that this star was plucked away too soon. But his brightness will always be glittered by his extraordinary work

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… in Memoriam https://tmblr.co/ZwrX5vYFTdCL4y00 had seen him at his home Deonar Cottage, Chembur , a young energetic, bubbly , mischief in his eyes Chintu , on those rare moments when I was privileged to have been invited to an evening at Raj ji’s house .. I would see him more often after , at RK Studios, when he trained as an actor for his film to be made, BOBBY .. a diligent enthusiastic youngster, ready to pounce onto every learning that came his way, in that famous large and legendary make up room, of Raj ji at the end of the first floor corridor of make up rooms .. He had a walk that was confident and determined .. a stride and style that was similar to that of his grandfather, the legendary Prithvi Raj ji .. a walk I had noticed in one of his earlier films .. that walk .. I never found it in any other .. We worked in several films together .. When he spoke his lines, you believed every word of it .. there was never an alternative .. its genuineness was beyond question .. And there has never been any other, that could lip sync a song as perfectly as he did .. never .. His playful attitude on set was infectious .. even in the most grave sequences he would discover that comedic spark and we would all just crack up .. !! Not just on set .. if you were with him at any formal event , he would find that little distractive light hearted gem to expand on and lighten the situation .. When there was a time lapse as the shot got readied , he would bring out his playing cards , or at times pull out his rather complicated Bagatele board and invite others to play .. a competition .. not just for fun .. a serious competition .. During his time of diagnosis and his treatment he never ever lamented his condition .. it was always .. ‘see you soon , just a routine visit to the Hospital .. I’ll be back shortly ‘ Joie de vivre .. the exuberant enjoyment of life , was a gene he inherited from his father .. the Legend, the Ultimate Showman the Iconic Raj Kapoor .. I never visited him in Hospital .. I never wanted to see distress on his smiling cherubic face .. But I am certain .. when he went , he must have gone with a gentle smile …

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He started his acting career as a child artist in ‘Mera Naam Joker’(1970) along side with his father Raj Kapoor, an iconic actor. Kapoor family built the foundation for Indian Film industry which is why they are also known as the ‘First Family’. ‘Bobby’ was the debut film for Rishi for which he got the best film fare award. After that he rose to fame like a shining star and impressed everyone with his astonishing work. He bagged movies like ‘Chandini (1989)’, ‘Karz (1980)’ ‘Nagina (1986)’ and ‘Damini’ (1993) and so many. He never stopped working, in past few years he worked in movies like ‘Mulk’, ‘102 Not Out’ and Body’. Rishi played many roles in his movies whether it’s a lawyer, a father, a brother, a lover, a friend and even as an antagonist, he impersonated all his characters beautifully.

The autobiography of Rishi Kapoor ‘Khullum Khulla’ is a real treat to his fans in which he made some revalations and described the interesting facts about his life and career. One such is that ‘his wife deserves a medal for sticking with him. Neetu Kapoor his beloved wife shared Rishi’s photo on twitter with a caption “End of our story”.

Everyone grieved his passing in their own ways. Many other celebs paid their last respects to Rishi Kapoor on Twitter. PM Narendra Modi also tweeted about Rishi and wrote that he will always miss their interactions and described him as a powerhouse of talent.

Funeral services were held at Chandanwadi Crematorium in Mumbai on 30th april, 2020. Only close friends and family members were present during the funeral. Son Ranbir Kapoor, wife Neetu Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Alia Bhatt and Ayan Mukherji attended the memorial services while wearing masks. Riddhima Kapoor was in Delhi when she heard this heart breaking news. She asked for the permission to travel to Mumbai from Delhi by road. She attended her father’s funeral rites on Video Call while travelling to Mumbai.

 

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