Rishi Kapoor – Bollywood’s chocolate boy dies at 67
Bollywood couldn’t even come out of the shock of actor Irrfan Khan’s death on Wednesday and today got the news of another veteran actor Rishi Kapoor’s demise. The chocolate boy of Bollywood lost his battle with cancer and took his last breath in Mumbai’s H N Reliance hospital on Thursday.
Rishi Kapoor was undergoing cancer treatment in New York for almost a year and came back to India in September 2019. He again got infection and was hospitalized in February.
Actor Amitabh Bachchan who starred with him in films such as Kabhi Kabhie, Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb and Coolieconfirmed the news of Rishi Kapoor’s demise with a tweet on the microblogging website Twitter. They were last seen together in the movie 102 Not Out in 2018 in which they played a father and son.
T 3516 – .. nothing could have been a better tribute than this by artist Aniket Misra ..
Perhaps that is Rituparno Ghosh .. and Irfaan of course .. both of immeasurable talent .. left this World far too early .. 🙏 ..
the film firmament of the nation shaken and in utter dismay pic.twitter.com/NQDfIbG9Io
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 29, 2020
All the top actors, his colleagues and friends have been pouring in their condolences on social media.
It seems like we’re in the midst of a nightmare…just heard the depressing news of #RishiKapoor ji passing away, it’s heartbreaking. He was a legend, a great co-star and a good friend of the family. My thoughts and prayers with his family 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 30, 2020
While talking about two big losses back to back, actor Anoop Soni shared a picture of Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor from their movie D-Day.
— Anup Soni (@soniiannup) April 30, 2020
Unbelivable..shocked!! It's really difficult to accept..another dark day for all of us.
It was such a blessing to have worked with you and known you sir.
My heartfelt condolence to the family, may all mighty give stregthn through this difficult time..#RishiKapoor sir #RIP 🙏🙏🙏
— Manisha Koirala (@mkoirala) April 30, 2020
Kya kahun? Kya likhu kuch samajh mein nahi aaraha hai.Rishi ji ke nidhan se mujhe bahut dukh ho raha hai.Unke jaane se film industry ki bahut haani hui hai. Ye dukh sehena mere liye bahut mushkil hai.Bhagwan unki aatma ko shanti pradan karein.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) April 30, 2020
Rishi’s elder brother Randhir Kapoor confirmed the news. The family also released a statement that read:
“Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last.
He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him.
He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears.
In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force.
He would not have it any other way.”
The actor who was last seen in the movies he Body and JhoothaKahin Ka in 2019 is survived by his wide Neetu Kapoor, daughterRiddhima Kapoor and son Ranbir Kapoor.