Mumbai: At the age of 67, Rishi Kapoor, a evergreen star died today in hospital on Thursday. His films Bobby and Chandni were superhit movies. Last year he had been in New York for one year for treatment.
His family said Rishi Kapoor had entertained the doctors till the end of his last breath. Ha had cancer and his family said, ” Rishi Kapoor, who was famously fond of life, “would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears,” The family have also appealed that lockdown rules be respected by Mr Kapoor’s fans and well-wishers.
On Thursday, Kareena Kapoor was also clicked with her husband Saif Ali Khan at hospital in Mumbai but their presence in the hospital is not sure yet. Actress Alia Bhatt’s car was spotted outside the hospital.
Condolences were posted by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “He was so full of life that it’s difficult to believe that he is no more,” tweet President Kovind. PM Modi described Mr Kapoor as “multi-faceted, endearing and lively” and said he would remember their social media interactions.
Rishi Kapoor’s untimely demise is shocking. An evergreen personality with an always smiling face, he was so full of life that it's difficult to believe that he is no more. A huge loss for the entertainment industry. Let us pray for his soul. Condolences to his family and friends.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) April 30, 2020
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
Bollywood is in shock because of loss of two stars within two days. Yesterday Irrfan Khan passed away and today Rishi Kapoor died. Randhir Kapoor confirmed the news of his brother, Rishi Kapoor’s death to news agency. . “He is in the hospital. He is suffering from cancer and he has some breathing problem, so he has been admitted to the hospital. He is stable now,” Randhir Kapoor said.
Rishi Kapoor had spent almost the year in New York for treatment and many stars including Ambanis, Shah Rukh, Deepika Padukon and Alia Bhatt had visited Rishi Kapoor there in New York.
“Back home! 11 months, 11 days! Thank you all,” Mr Kapoor tweeted after his homecoming last year.
BACK HOME!!!!!! 11 Months 11days! Thank you all!
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) September 9, 2019
Rishi Kapoor was taken to hospital twice in February this year – first in New Delhi, where he was attending a family event, and then in Mumbai. After being hospitalised in Delhi, Mr Kapoor tweeted, “Dear family, friends, foes and followers. I have been overwhelmed by all your concern about my health. Thank you. I have been filming in Delhi past 18 days and because of the pollution and my, I caught an infection whereby I had to be hospitalized.” He also revealed that doctors had found a patch on his lungs that could have led to pneumonia.
Rishi Kapoor started his career with his father Raj Kapoor’s film. He had featured as a child artist in the superhit film Shree 420’s song “pyar hua ikraar hua” He won Best Child Artist for his performance in the film Mera Naam Joker. His first film as a lead hero was Bobby and his career reached at sky height because of this film.
Rishi Kapoor is survived by his wife Neetu Kapoor, son Ranbir and daughter Riddhima. Last seen in the 2019 films The Body and Jhootha Kahin Ka, Mr Kapoor was meant to star in a Bollywood adaptation of The Intern with Deepika Padukone.