The nation was still mourning the death of Irrfan Khan and today another legend, Rishi Kapoor passed away in the morning without having a chance to say Goodbye. The grief in my heart knew no bounds when this heartbreaking news flashed in the morning that he breathed his last at the age of 67 in Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. Two legends in two days is a big shock for the entire nation.
Rishi Kapoor’s demise came as a major loss to the industry because the fraternity was already in grief with the loss of Irrfan Khan. Rishi Kapoor was no less than a warrior where he fought with leukemia for two years. According to the statement by his family, he kept his jovial attitude till the end and was determined to live even more. His illness never got the better of him!
It was just last year September, that he returned to Mumbai from New York after his cancer treatment. The reports say that he was not keeping well and was admitted twice in the hospital this February. Yesterday, Rishi’s hospitalization was confirmed by his brother, Randhir Kapoor. In his statement he says, “It’s true that he has been admitted to the hospital. He is in Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. He was not keeping well and had some problem, so we admitted him early this morning,”.
Later on, his family passed on a statement that states:
“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.
He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears.
In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force.
He would not have it any other way”.
He was a multifaceted actor known for his diverse roles in an array of Bollywood movies. It never mattered that he was the son of ‘Raj Kapoor’, a great showman and the grandson of Prithviraj Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor was born in the first family of Hindi Cinema where he started his career as a child artist in his father’s film ‘Mera Naam Joker’. And, if you remember his special appearance as a child artist in a famous song ‘Pyaar Hua Ikrar Hua’ from the movie ‘Shree 420’. He bagged the National Film award as the best child artist in 1970 for his performance in ‘Mera Naam Joker’. Apart from this, he owns various National awards for blockbuster films like ‘Bobby’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Rafuchakkar’, ‘Karz’, ‘Sargam’ and more. Soon, he was known as the original chocolate boy and gave awestrucking romantic leads in 92 films. He was awarded as the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In the later years of his acting career, he evolved as a director and a producer.
Seems that the movie ‘The Body’ with Emraan Hashmi was his last one. Recently, he had announced his next project, a remake of a Hollywood movie, ‘The Intern’ but, alas! Rishi Kapoor's death made sure that this movie will not see the light of the day soon.
As shocked and distressed I am, it is sure that the world feels the same way. Many of the Bollywood stars, politicians and fans came forward to pay their tributes and speak their heart out on Rishi Kapoor's death:
PM Modi Tweets:
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. He was passionate about films and India’s progress. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2020
Akshay Kumar Tweets:
It seems like we’re in the midst of a nightmare...just heard the depressing news of #RishiKapoor ji passing away, it’s heartbreaking. He was a legend, a great co-star and a good friend of the family. My thoughts and prayers with his family 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 30, 2020
Lata Mangeshkar, who is holding 6 months old Rishi Kapoor in his hands when she visited the Kapoor house to have lunch with Raj Kapoor after a shooting:
Kuch samay pehle Rishi ji ne mujhe unki aur meri ye tasveer bheji thi.wo sab din,sab baatein yaad aarahi hain. Main shabdheen hogayi hun. pic.twitter.com/IpwCKMqUBq
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) April 30, 2020
Yesterday, while I was watching ‘Angrezi Medium’ and reeling with the death of Irrfan Khan, the news of Rishi Kapoor’s death today has rendered me speechless. I am totally shocked and I don’t know what fate 2020 has in store for the world. Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic where the world has already faced enough, I wish for 2021 to come soon and heal us!
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