Indian actor Rishi Kapoor, who starred in hits movies such as Bobby & Mera Naam Joker, passed away peacefully at 8:45 am IST, Thursday, 30 April 2020, after a two-year battle with leukemia. He was hospitalized in Mumbai on Wednesday and died on Thursday, his family said.
He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2018. He returned to India last September after undergoing one year treatment in the New York, US. He was hospitalized twice in February.
Kapoor belonged to a family of actors with several generations. His grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor, father Raj Kapoor, brothers Randhir and Rajeev and his son Ranbeer Kapoor, nieces and nephews have all played roles in films. He acted in more than 90 films.
At the age of 16, He made his debut playing a younger version of his father’s character in “Mera Naam Joker” in 1970 and also received the National Film Award for. He made a huge splash in 1973 with his first lead role in Bobby – a teenage love story. He switched to supporting roles in popular movies Namastey London, Love Aj Kal, Love Today and Tomorrow. His last movie was “The Body” released in 2019.
‘Aa Ab Laut Chalen’, starring Aishwarya Rai, was the only film Rishi Kapoor ever directed.
Rishi Kapoor made a successful on-screen pair with actress Neetu Singh, they got married in 1980.
Kapoor’s death followed that on Wednesday of another Indian actor, Irrfan Khan, 54, who had roles in films such as “Life of Pi” and “Jurassic World,” and who also suffered from cancer.