Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai today. He was 67. He was admitted to a city hospital on Wednesday.
Rishi Kapoor won the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in his father Raj Kapoor's 1970 film ‘Mera Naam Joker’.
His first leading role was with Dimple Kapadia in 1973 in the film ‘Bobby’. He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1974. He won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor in 2011 for his performance in ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ and for his role in ‘Kapoor & Sons’. He also won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017.
Rishi Kapoor was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He recently announced his next project, a remake of Hollywood film ‘The Intern’, also featuring Deepika Padukone.
In February, Kapoor was hospitalised twice due to his health issues. He was first admitted to a hospital in Delhi where he was attending a family function. At the time, Kapoor had said that he was suffering from an infection. After his return to Mumbai, he was again admitted to a hospital with viral fever and discharged soon after.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu expressed his deep condolences on the sudden demise of Actor Rishi Kapoor.
Remembering Rishi Kapoor, he said in a tweet, that the actor mesmerized Indian audiences for decades with his versatile acting talent and immortalized those characters in everyone's memories.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish at the demise of Rishi Kapoor. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the actor was multi-faceted, endearing, lively and a powerhouse of talent.
Noting that Rishi Kapoor was passionate about films and India's progress, the Prime Minister said, he will always recall their interactions, even on social media. He extended his condolences to the actor's family and fans.
(With inputs from AIR)