On April 29, 2020, India was shaken with the news of actor Irrfan Khan’s untimely demise. After a two-year-long battle with a rare type of cancer, the iconic actor lost his life to colon infection, in a Mumbai hospital. Before we could recover from the shock, the nation woke up to the news of another death. This time, it was legendary actor Rishi Kapoor, who succumbed to leukemia at the age of 67.
Much like Irrfan, Rishi Kapoor, too, was admitted to the hospital and never made it back. Their deaths have left a deep void in the hearts of many people, from the film fraternity and outside, too. Rishi Kapoor started his career with Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker in 1970, at the age of 18. With time, he appeared in the roles which defined flavour of the season and continued to embrace roles other than the leading man, as he gracefully aged.
After entertaining us for five long decades, Rishi Kapoor left the world. Coping with sadness is one thing for the family. But at such a time, it is equally difficult for the fans who made sure he stayed at the top of all charts, throughout. Amongst them, many new actors and artistes share their grief over this loss.
Watch him in Mulk here:
While Amitabh Bachchan broke the news via his tweet, Rajinikanth shared his emotions in a few words, “Heartbroken! Rest in peace my dear friend” Kamal Haasan also expressed, “Can’t believe it. Chintu Ji (Mr.Rishi Kapoor) was always ready with a smile. We had mutual love and respect. Will miss my friend. My heartfelt condolence to the family.”
Taapsee Pannu, who played his daughter in Mulk, wrote, “My most favourite picture with him. Worked with him twice n the kind of brash honest compliments this man gave, has never left my heart and mind. Even in his bullying, there was so much love that one couldn’t help enjoy listening to him. The most entertaining stories came from him. The only co-star of mine who could beat me in being ‘brutally’ honest. Sir humaari hat-trick reh gayi. I’m sure I will meet him somewhere n this hug shall be repeated with the same smile on our face.
Ram Charan tweeted, “Heartbroken to know that Rishi Kapoor Ji is no more. Another stalwart of Indian Cinema leaves us today. My deepest condolences and strength to the Kapoor family.” Jr NTR, too, took to the micro-blogging site and wrote, “Heartbreaking! We lost the supremely talented Irrfan Khan sir yesterday. And now, the legendary Rishi Kapoor Saab. This is a devastating loss for Indian Cinema.”
Megastar Chiranjeevi took to Twitter, “Devastated to know Rishi Ji is no more. A great friend, a great artiste, heartthrob of millions. Carrier of a Great legacy. Feel so heartbroken at this loss. Farewell my friend, Rishi Kapoor. Rest in peace.” Allu Arjun mentioned, “Grief-stricken by the demise of the charismatic actor Rishi Kapoor Ji. A Versatile Performer, who I always admired. An actor from a legendary family entertaining us for decades gone too soon. Condolences to the entire family.”
Kajal Aggarwal shared, “2020 cannot get any worse! Loss of a legend. Om Shanti Rishi sir. I’m sure you must be illumining the heavens, the shining star you’ve always been! This feels like a personal grievance, cannot even fathom what the family is going through. Heartfelt condolences.” Whereas Shruti Haasan said, “Today we mourn the loss of this giant in cinema. RIP sir. My deepest condolences to the family.”
Mahesh Babu’s wife, Namrata Shirodkar expressed, “Can’t believe it. Chintuji is gone. Just so sad and heartbroken. Sending Ranbir, Neetu Ji and Ridhima, love and strength in these tough times. May his soul find peace and light” Manoj Manchu mentioned, “It’s really hard and sad to believe this. Shocked to know the fact that Rishi Kapoor Ji is no more. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family.”
TV star Anasuya Bharadwaj said, “Oh god. What are you doing to us? Taking away such gems from the Indian Cinema. Woke up to this horrible news that Rishi Kapoor Sir, who has a huge following across generations, is no more. Praying for strength to Neetu Kapoor Ji, Ranbir and family.” Sonu Sood wrote a heartfelt note, “Cinema can pass. Not RISHI KAPOOR. Sir, you are immortal and I know it. Just it’s going to be a new STAGE. A new performance & a new audience.”