After spending 11 months and 11 days in New York, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer, Rishi Kapoor returned to Mumbai on September 10. While speaking to Media source earlier (July 17), he had admitted that he is raring to return to work.
“The moment I get back, I will take 15 days off to connect with my roots, get over the jet lag, get into IST (India Standard Time) and hopefully by the end of September I will start shooting,” the actor had said.
We have now learnt that Kapoor senior is gearing up to report to work with a full-fledged shoot of debutant director Hitesh Bhatia’s untitled next, which goes on the floors on December 5. The actor had started shooting for the film in the Capital last year. However, the diagnosis cut the shoot short and he had to rush to the Sloan Kettering Hospital in the Big Apple to start treatment.
According to a source close to the development, Rishi completed the patchwork of a thriller in a three day schedule upon his return to the Maximum City and is now looking forward to his first full-fledged shoot.
“Hitesh’s film is currently under pre-production. It will be shot from scratch and goes on the floors in Mumbai on Thursday. This will be followed by a month-long schedule in Delhi in January,” the source informs. Kapoor confirmed the news to media source.
The film marks a reunion for the actor with Juhi Chawla. The duo has earlier shared screen space in several 1990s films, including 'Bol Radha Bol' and 'Saajan Ka Ghar'.
Before returning to work, Kapoor spent time catching up with friends, including Jeetendra, Rakesh Roshan and brother Randhir Kapoor. He was also among the guests at Amitabh Bachchan and Ekta Kapoor’s Diwali bashes.
While talking to media source previously, he had admitted that he misses home.
“It’s been a difficult time, very taxing, but Neetu (wife), and my children (Ranbir and Riddhima) have been very supportive. I am grateful to everyone. I am waiting to come back and raring to get going. I will plan my return five-six weeks after my last treatment. It is called consolidation or push back, whereby I will have to undergo chemotherapy to ensure that the ailment does not return,” the actor had said.