Bollywood talent mega-house and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away on Thursday, 30 April. The family has released a statement saying the actor died in peace at around 8.45 AM in the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. He was struggling for two years with leukaemia and was 67.
Not only is his demise a shock to his family, but the film industry and India as a whole are pouring out wishes for the family and prayers for the demised soul.
An actor moulded by the Raj Kapoor legacy; Rishi Kapoor made his official debut in Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker in 1970. In a career that brightened the Indian film industry for over five decades, Kapoor was a part of over 90 films.
Rishi Kapoor is widely known in the industry for his charismatic personality. It was this charm that came to the forefront in movies like Bobby opposite Dimple Kapadia in 1973 and as he matured, his acting talent also tasted much like wine, the older the better. No wonder, he became the face of intense romance in Bollywood.
Much later, the actor also started experimenting with different caricatures of roles in Bollywood. This led to the much memorable villainous character Rauf Lala in Agneepath and a love-wise aged man in Love Aaj Kal.
Rishi Kapoor’s infectious smile and energy will be dearly missed by his family and fans. He is survived by his wife Neetu Singh Kapoor and children Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor.