Bollywood has lost yet another yesteryear’s veteran actor, director and producer Rishi Kapoor breathed his last this morning while undergoing treatment for his cancer ailment.
He received the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in his fathers Raj Kapoor’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker (1970) Kapoor had his first lead role as an adult opposite Dimple Kapadia in 1973 with the film Bobby and received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1974.
He ruled the silver screen as a romantic hero in 92 films between 1973 and 2000, of which 36 were box office hits. For his performance in Do Dooni Chaar, he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor in 2011, and for his role in Kapoor & Sons, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017. He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He appeared opposite his wife Neetu Singh in twelve films from 1973 and 1981. He died on 30 April 2020 from complications with cancer in H.N. Reliance Hospital.
Kapoor married actress Neetu Singh on 22 January 1980. The couple has two children – actor Ranbir Kapoor who was born on 28 September 1982 and designer Riddhima Kapoor Sahani, who was born on 15 September 1980. Rishi is the paternal uncle of actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, and maternal uncle of industrialist Nikhil Nanda.
Rishi Kapoor has been in controversies for his comments on being a “beef-eating Hindu”, social media. Rishi Kapoor’s autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, was released on 15 January 2017. Kapoor wrote the book along with Meena Iyer, and the title was published under Harper Collins.
Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and went to New York City for treatment. After one year, he returned home in September last only to be readmitted yesterday with a complaint of breathlessness. He passed away today at 5.20 am.