Rishi Kapoor passes away at 67 after a long battle with Cancer

Rishi Kapoor died on April 30 at 8.45 am. The actor died after a two-year long battle with leukemia. Rishi was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and underwent treatment in New York for a year, before returning to India in September last year. Rishi Kapoor was taken to the HN Reliance hospital on Wednesday morning, Randhir Kapoor had said yesterday.

The news comes in a day after the death on Indian actor Irrfan Khan. He too lost his life after battling with a rare cancer. Just a day after Irrfan left for his heavenly abode, his D-Day co-star and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor said his final goodbye in a Mumbai Hospital on Thursday. While the news of the latter’s death came as a shock, soon after Irrfan’s death, a scene from their 2013 film D-Day has gone viral on social media.

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Rishi Kapoor’s wife Neetu Kapoor released a statement about Rishi’s passing away. The statement read, “Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8.45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff said he kept them entertained to the last. He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him. In this hour of personal loss, we also recognize the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force. He would not have it any other way.

The blue eyed boy of Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor, carries the genes of his legendary actor-film-maker and his grandfather the eminent Raj Kapoor. He is the son of popular actors of the 70’s Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor. Arguably, Raj Kapoor’s most successful son, Rishi made his debut as a leading man at the age of 20 with the film ‘Bobby.’ The Kapoor khandaan has been prominent in movies for almost nine decades. Back in 2018, when Rishi Kapoor was asked about Ranbir and Alia’s jodi, the veteran actor had said, “It’s Ranbir’s life. Who he wants to get married to is his prerogative. Neetu likes her, I like her, Ranbir likes her. Get it? 
Image Credit: Insta/neetu54

Alia Bhatt had her blessings from Rishi Kapoor and that meant the world to Ranbir. Alia’s warmth, her energy and spunk cheered up Rishi. She stayed by Ranbir’s side for the last three weeks, not leaving him even for a minute.

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The Kapoor Khandan had last 10 days of December 2020 planned for Ranbir Kapoor and Ali Bhatt wedding festivities. The wedding functions were tentatively supposed to be kicked off on December 21 2020 in Mumabi, India.

Apart from Rishi Kapoor’s Wife Neetu Singh, daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and Son Ranbir Kapoor; present at the funeral were Ali Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Randhir Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Ayan Mukerji and Armaan Jain.

Born in Mumbai into the Kapoor acting dynasty, widely considered the first family of Bollywood, he was the son of legendary actor-director Raj and grandson of iconic theatre and film star Prithviraj. His brothers Rajiv and Randhir also became actors while his uncles included the actors Shashi and Shammi. Kapoor married the actress Neetu Singh, with whom he co-starred with in several films, and their son Ranbir, the fourth generation of the clan, is presently one of the leading stars in Bollywood. Similarly, Randhir Kapoor’s daughters Karishma and Kareena have also taken the family name forward with their respective careers.

His last on-screen presence was in The Body with Emraan Hashmi, Sobhita, and Vedhika. The film was a thriller and Rishi Kapoor shot for it before he left for New York back in 2018. After recovering, Rishi Kapoor returned in 2019. He was supposed to be a part of Deepika Padukone co-starrer The Intern’s remake which was the official adaptation of the Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway starrer. However, he passed away this morning and bid adieu to his family, friends and legendary career.

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