After a two-year-long battle with cancer, actor Rishi Kapoor died in 2020 at the age of 67 at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai with wife Neetu Kapoor by his side. The news of his death was shared by his colleague and veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter.
Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and had flown to New York to receive treatment for the same. Following his recovery, the veteran actor had returned to India.
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The second son of legendary actor Raj Kapoor, Kapoor made his debut opposite Dimple Kapadia in Bobby which was a runaway hit. He went on to star in iconic films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Bol Radha Bol, Kapoor & Sons, Mulk and many more.
Now, according to media reports, we’ll see the legendary actor on the screen one more time. Rishi Kapoor’s last film, Sharmaji Namkeen will be released in theatres on September 4 this year, which also happens to be his birthday. Pinkvilla reports that Rishi Kapoor died before the filming for the film could be completed but actor Paresh Rawal has stepped in to complete the remaining portions.
“We will be using advanced technology, an amalgamation of VFX and some special technique, to finish the film without compromising on the quality,” producer Honey Trehan had told Mid-Day in an interview earlier about Sharmaji Namkeen.
Sharmaji Namkeen also features debutant Hitesh Bhatia. The film is being touted as a coming-of-age story about a 60-year-old man.
Khullam Khulla with Rishi Kapoor
In his introduction for Meena Iyer’s biography of his father, titled Khullam Khulla, Ranbir Kapoor evaluated his relationship with his father and everything he has learned from him. MW carried the excerpt when the book released.
“I’m thirty-four now. As I sit down to analyse my relationship with my father, I would say that the most precious gift he has given my sister Riddhima and I is that we can love our mother unconditionally. He showed us by example that she was at the centre of all our lives and our home. With her as our bedrock, none of the ups and downs in our lives could really touch us,” he had said.
“The second gift is that he has been a good husband to my mother. My parents have had their fair share of intense fights. They have sulked with each other and all of that, but he truly loves my mother in a very solid way. He gave her and continues to give her tremendous respect, love and care. To my sister and me, this matters a lot. As children, we have learnt a lot about love and human behaviour through observing our parents — how they are with each other, how they speak to each other. I am not sure if I can adequately convey how much I admire the respect and deep caring they have for one another,” Ranbir Kapoor added.