MUMBAI: The Bollywood veteran actor Rishi Kapoor drew his last breath on 30 April, at Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation in Mumbai. He was admitted to the hospital on 29 April after he was reported feeling unwell.
In 2018, he was diagnosed with leukaemia and had been battling it ever since then. He had been receiving treatment for cancer in New York, for almost one year, before he returned back to India.
Rishi Kapoor was a legendary Bollywood actor known for his refreshing personality will be greatly missed and his death is an unimaginable loss to the Hindi Cinema.
Kapoor married actress Neetu Singh, who he had worked with in several films, in 1980.The couple had two children— son, actor Ranbir Kapoor, and daughter, Riddhima Kapoor.
Rishi Kapoor was born Rishi Raj Kapoor, in Chembur, Bombay, in a Punjabi family.He was the second son of actor-director Raj Kapoor and his wife Krishna Raj Kapoor .He was the grandson of actor Prithviraj Kapoor.
His brothers, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, maternal uncles, Prem Nath, Rajendra Nath, Narendra Nath and Prem Chopra, and paternal uncles, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, were all actors.He had two sisters, insurance agent Ritu Nanda and late Rima Jain.
Kapoor received the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his debut role in his father Raj Kapoor’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker.He had his first lead role as an adult, opposite Dimple Kapadia, in the teen romance Bobby (1973), which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
He played leading roles as the romantic lead in 92 films between 1973 and 2000.
Some of his notable films during this period were:
Khel Khel Mein (1975)
Kabhi Kabhie (1976)
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
Since the 2000s, he played character roles to critical acclaim in Love Aaj Kal (2009), Agneepath (2012), and Mulk (2018).For his performance in Do Dooni Chaar (2010), he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, and for his role in Kapoor & Sons (2016), he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Rishi Kapoor was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. His final film appearance was in The Body (2019).