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Indian film star Rishi Kapoor breathed his last at 67, after a two-year battle with leukemia. His last rites took place at Chandanwadi Crematorium in Kalbadevi, Mumbai.

Rishi’s death has mugged the world of a veteran entertainer. Kapoor first acted before the camera as a child in Raj Kapoor’s Shree 420 (1955), in the song, Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua. Rishi Kapoor understood the pleasures, distinctiveness and pitfalls of show business very early. His first full-gage role was in his father’s Mera Naam Joker, in 1970. When filming began in 1968, Rishi Kapoor was 16, and was employed to play the younger version of Raj Kapoor’s character Raju, a circus clown. He also performed in a few plays as a child.

In a career spanning over five decades, the actor played the romantic lead in over 90 films between 1973 and 2000. He won numerous awards throughout his illustrious career, including the National Film Award for his role in Mera Naam Joker and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kapoor played character roles and displayed his bravery in films like Hum Tum, Fanaa, Delhi-6 and Do Dooni Chaar, where he acted with wife Neetu Singh, after more than 25 years. He also appeared in a rare, critically acclaimed negative role in Agneepath in 2012. In the later stage of his career, he was seen in films such as Kapoor and Sons, D-Day, Mulk and 102 Not Out, in which he showcased alongside Amitabh Bachchan after more than 20 years.

This has been a tragic week for the entertainment industry as the news of Rishi Kapoor’s death came a day after another brilliant actor, Irrfan Khan, passed away due to colon infection and a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer.

Rishi Kapoor was a gem to the Hindi movie industry and he will be missed for many more decades from now.

 


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Joydev Mishra

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