The evergreen heartthrob of Hindi cinema Rishi Kapoor passed away today in Mumbai at the age of 67.
Bollywood fans are still mourning the loss of Irrfan Khan who died yesterday of neuroendocrine cancer. This is the second loss in one week.
Rishi Kapoor was suffering from cancer and was in treatment in US in 2018. Yesterday, his brother Randhir Kapoor confirmed to news agency PTI that the actor had been taken to hospital in the morning. “He is in the hospital. He is suffering from cancer and he has some breathing problems, so he has been admitted to the hospital. He is stable now,” Randhir Kapoor told PTI.
Rishi Kapoor comes from Kapoor family, one of the most influential families in Bollywood, which has given many legendry actors and filmmakers to the Hindi film industry. His grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor established Prithvi Theaters a travelling theatre company in 1944. It was later rebuilt by his son Shashi Kapoor and is at present Mumbai’s best-known theatres.
Rishi Kapoor was famous for being the romantic lead in many movies during 80s and 90s, most notable of those being Bobby and Chandani.
He was treated in New York for cancer and returned to Mumbai last year. “Back home! 11 months, 11 days! Thank you all,” Mr Kapoor tweeted after his homecoming.
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 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.
The film fraternity and the cinema lovers are in shock and are mourning the loss of another actor. From actors to politicians are paying their tribute to the famous actor.
The original "chocolate hero" has now left us.
We will miss you.
— Supriya Tripathi ?? (@saurabh_supriya) April 30, 2020
This is a terrible week for Indian cinema, with the passing of another legend, actor Rishi Kapoor. A wonderful actor, with a huge fan following across generations, he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends & fans all over the world, at this time of grief.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 30, 2020
T 3516 – .. just getting news of the passing of Irfaan Khan .. this is a most disturbing and sad news .. ?
An incredible talent .. a gracious colleague .. a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema .. left us too soon .. creating a huge vacuum ..
Prayers and duas ?
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 29, 2020
Unspeakable grief. Another legend passes away! Blessed to have worked briefly with #RishiKapoor sir in ‘Aurangzeb’ -a great actor, he was as engaging a ranconteur! An artist whose craft grew & sustained across generations! #RIP sir!
There cannot will not be another like you! pic.twitter.com/IOCcqWS35p
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) April 30, 2020
On their way to heaven!
— Filmfare (@filmfare) April 30, 2020