Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passes away

RSTV Bureau
File photo: Actor Rishi Kapoor

File photo: Actor Rishi Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor, the romantic star of many a Bollywood film who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018, died in a Mumbai hospital on Thursday, his brother Randhir Kapoor said. He was 67.

Rishi, a third generation actor of the famous Kapoor dynasty, is survived by his wife Neetu Kapoor, actor son Ranbir and daughter Ridhima.

“He is no more. He has passed away,” Randhir told PTI.

Rishi was taken to the H N Reliance hospital by his family on Wednesday.

His death comes a day after after his “D-Day” co-star Irrfan Khan passed away, also of cancer. Three months ago, the disease claimed his sister Ritu Nanda.

“Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last. He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him, the family said in a statement.

President Ram Nath Kovind condoled the demise of veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor, calling it as shocking and a huge loss for the entertainment industry.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the death of veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, describing him as a “powerhouse” of talent.

“Multifaceted, endearing and lively…this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent. I will always recall our interactions, even on social media,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter.

Rishi Kapoor was passionate about films and India’s progress. “Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti,” PM Modi said.

Venkaiah Naidu recalled that the talented actor essayed many roles with aplomb and was popular for his romantic films.

Rishi Kapoor returned to India last September after undergoing treatment for his cancer in the US for almost a year.

In February, he was hospitalised twice.

He was first admitted to a hospital in Delhi where he was attending a family function. At the time, he had said he was suffering from an “infection”.

After his return to Mumbai, he was again admitted to a hospital with viral fever. He was discharged soon after.

Rishi made his first screen appearance as a child artiste in his father Raj Kapoor’s film Shri 420 , where he appeared in the song Pyaar hua ekraar hua . This was followed by “Mera Naam Joker”. But it was in 1973, with the blockbuster Bobby , again directed by his father, that he made his debut as a romantic hero. He continued to be a favourite romantic hero for almost three decades.

His notable films as a romantic hero are “Laila Majnu”, “Rafoo Chakkar”, “Karz”, “Chandni”, “Heena” and “Saagar”.

He was, however, more proud of his second innings as an actor, which he found more satisfying. His notable films as a character artiste are “Do Dooni Chaar” with wife Neetu, “Agnipath” and “Kapoor & Sons”.

Rishi Kapoor was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He recently announced his next project, a remake of Hollywood film ‘The Intern’, also featuring Deepika Padukone.

The actor returned to India last September after undergoing treatment for cancer in the US for almost a year.

In February, Kapoor was hospitalized twice due to his health issues. He was first admitted to a hospital in Delhi where he was attending a family function. At the time, Kapoor had said that he was suffering from an infection.

After his return to Mumbai, he was again admitted to a hospital with viral fever and discharged soon after.