No Thinketh, when Speaketh! A true Punjabi by nature. A never to be held back person by choice. Speak what the heart believes in. ‘Khaao aur khilao and Piyo aur pilao!’ These are few of the expressions that truely speak volumes about the veteran actor Rishi Kapoor! An actor born with a silver spoon, but had to struggle to live upto his own romantic aura amidst the contemporary action heroes. While his contemporaries like Amitabh bachchan, Sharughan sinha and Vinod khanna captured the screen presence with action scenes, guns and bike stunts, here was the hero who had a guitar and a dafli in his hands entrusted with the task of making his presence felt on the screen and the films!
His passion for food was well known. Watch the candid discussion about life and his interests and beliefs over lunch here:
Struggles did do him good. Even though his launch film, Bobby was the biggest hit of the decade, thereafter only 11 of his 51 solo hero films were successful at the box office, and 25 of the 41 multi-hero films were successful at the box office. Rishi Kapoor had 51 films as the solo lead hero from 1973 to 2000, but 40 of them were box office flops and only 11 managed to be hits. These were Bobby, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar , Sargam, Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Chandni, Heena and Bol Radha Bol, Yeh Vaada Raha.
He had the lead hero roles in two-hero films only 13 times, in Khel Khel Mein, Kabhi Kabhi, with Ajooba, Chandni, Deewana (1992), Damini – Lightning (1993), Gurudev (1994), Daraar (1996) and Karobaar (2000).
He moved on to supporting roles in the 2000s. He has since appeared in films such as Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Hum Tum (2004), Fanaa (2006), Namastey London (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Patiala House (2010). He also appeared in the British films Don’t Stop Dreaming (2007) and Sambar Salsa (2008). He reunited onscreen with Neetu Singh in the film Do Dooni Chaar (2010). Hum Kisise Kum Naheen, Badalte Rishtey, Aap Ke Deewane, and Saagar, and then from 1989
In 2018, he appeared in 102 Not Out, a comedy-drama film directed by Umesh Shukla. It brought Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor together again after 27 years. The film is adapted from a Gujarati play also titled ‘102 Not Out’ written by Saumya Joshi. The film received mixed reviews.
Rishi Kapoor has been in controversies for his comments on being a “beef-eating Hindu”, social media. Rishi Kapoor’s autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, was released on 15 January 2017. Kapoor wrote the book along with Meena Iyer, and the title was published under Harper Collins.
Watch the Rishi kapoor unplugged in his candid conversation with the host Rajat Kapoor in the TV show, Aap ki Aadalat.
Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and went to New York City for treatment. After a successful treatment for over a year, Rishi Kapoor returned to India on 26 September, 2019.
He was admitted to H. N. Reliance Hospital, Mumbai on 29 April, 2020 after he complained of having problems in breathing. He passed away on 30 April 2020 at 5:20 AM (IST).