Rishi Kapoor bid adieu to his friends, family and fans on the 30th of April, 2020 after losing a long drawn battle with leukemia. He was the original chocolate boy of Bollywood and was beloved by almost all generations of Indian cinema-goers. Born into the Kapoor family, to the legend Raj Kapoor and Krishna Kapoor on 4th September 1952, Rishi Kapoor had all it took to be a superstar: charm, good looks, and inherent acting skills. Being a part of the Kapoor Bollywood dynasty, Rishi Kapoor had a lot of responsibility on his shoulders as he had to take his family’s legacy forward.
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His first on-screen appearance was through a cameo in the film ‘Shree’ at the age of three. He made his Bollywood debut as a child actor, playing the childhood version of his own father in the film ‘Mera Naam Joker’ in the year 1970 for which he won the National Film Award for Best Child Actor. The actor, in an interview, said that as soon as he was made aware of his role in Mera Naam Joker, he retired into his room and started practising the art of giving an autograph. He, of course, understood that he was going to be a superstar soon and there was no looking back for him ever since.
As an adult, Kapoor’s first movie was Bobby in the year 1973 opposite Dimple Kapadia. The movie was based on teen romance and Rishi Kapoor won the Filmfare award for best actor for this movie. The movie went on to become one of the biggest Bollywood hits of the decade. With this movie on the big screens, the entire film fraternity knew that Rishi Kapoor was going to be among the top few in the industry.
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The actor was then unstoppable. He ended up giving some of the biggest hits to Bollywood and left a huge mark in the industry. He possessed a charm unparalleled and was extremely versatile in his acting skills. His persona could be defined from the movies he appeared in ranging from romantic dramas such as Sargam Sagar, Karz, Prem Rog and Chandni to comedies like Amar Akbar Anthony to social dramas such as Damini. He definitely left no stone unturned to prove himself in the industry.
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh made a great pair on screen. The couple was seen in many Bollywood hits together such as Kabhie Kabhie and Amar Akbar Anthony. After a successful series of movies together, the couple decided to tie a knot in 1980. They have two children, Ridhima Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor. While Ridhima decided to keep herself away from the industry, Ranbir is currently a big name in the industry as is all set to take the legacy forward.
Kapoor also tried his hand in direction, but his 1999 directorial debut Aa Ab Laut Chalein was a commercial failure. He still kept going in the industry and gave some of the biggest hits such as Do Dooni Chaar and 102 Not Out. He was awarded with numerous awards throughout his life ranging from ‘Best Child Artist’ to ‘Best Actor’ to ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. His talent could not have been appreciated enough. Kapoor also penned down his first book titled ‘Khullam Khulla’ alongside Meera Iyer which was based on incidents from his real life. The actor very frankly described his life events and made some surprising confessions. In his book, he even admitted that he bought out the Best Actor award for Bobby in 1974 to try and get a leg up on his competitor, Amitabh Bachchan.
Kapoor had been ailing from leukemia for the last 2 years and went to New York for treatment. He returned to India after 1 year but then complained of breathing problems after which he was admitted to H N Reliance Hospital where he took his last breath.
Rishi Kapoor was truly a torch-bearer of the legacy of the Kapoor family which is known as the first family in Bollywood. His contribution to the film industry is unparalleled. Despite belonging to a family with big names in Bollywood, he made an identity for himself that spanned over 150 films in the industry. The world shall remember the legend forever.