Rishi Kapoor death anniversary: Ranbir Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala remember the late actor-filmmaker
Sunday marks the third death anniversary of Rishi Raj Kapoor
Sunday marks the third death anniversary of veteran actor and filmmaker Rishi Raj Kapoor who predominantly worked in the Hindi film industry. On this occasion, his family, friends and collaborators remembered Rishi Kapoor.
Son of Raj Kapoor, Rishi started out as child artist, before making a full-fledged debut in the 1973 film Bobby. He died aged 67 on April 30, 2020, after a battle with leukaemia
Actor and son of Rishi, Ranbir Kapoor says "nothing can prepare" a person for dealing with a void a parent's demise creates in their lives. "The biggest thing that happens in an individual's life when you lose one of your parents. That really is something.... Especially when you're nearing your 40s, that's the time when something like this usually happens... But it brings the family closer. It makes you understand life. It makes you value your loved ones, priorities, what matters and doesn't matter," the actor said to PTI.
Rishi’s colleague, Jackie Shroff, recalls how the former was one of the finest actors and went on to add, "His charm, his twinkling eyes, his beautiful smile, were very endearing. There was a time when me and friends would hang around Mumbai's Nepean Sea road, and I would meet him there. He was my favourite. He was so good. He was so good in romance, comedy, and emotion. He was one of the finest.” The duo had acted in Azad Desh Ke Ghulam, Aurangzeb, Badman and Chalk n Duster, but never got a chance to share the screen.
Actor Manisha Koirala who acted with Rishi in Anmol, 1993, said, "His level of freshness, energy and charm that he would bring,... The way he would dance, I don't think anybody can replace him. In his later films, he was doing characters but he was performing brilliantly, so naturally. There is a huge space left after he has gone. I don't think that can be filled with anybody else."
Rishi's last film to release during his lifetime was The Body. Meanwhile, he had partly worked in Sharmaji Namkeen and the later portions were completed by Paresh Rawal.