Actor Amitabh Bachchan remembered his co-star and one of the oldest friends in the industry – Rishi Kapoor as he passed away on Thursday morning at a hospital in Mumbai. Bachchan had earlier tweeted that he was ‘devastated’ to know about Kapoor’s death. In an elaborate tribute later, the actor took to his blog and social media accounts to talk about Kapoor’s liveliness and shared some memorable incidents from the past. Bachchan talked about the first time he met Rishi Kapoor and how the actor held the qualities of his celebrated father – showman Raj Kapoor. Also Read - Sharmaji Namkeen to be Rishi Kapoor's Last Film, Producer Honey Trehan Remembers Actor's Professionalism And Calling Him Over For Drinks
The actor also reminisced how Kapoor was the only actor who could ‘lip-synch a song as perfectly as he would.’ Bachchan added that the late actor had the special quality of making the entire mood feel lighter and he would ease down the situations in a snap. He said even when he was fighting cancer and was making regular visits to the hospital, he would never make a big deal about it. The actor wrote, “During his time of diagnosis and his treatment he never ever lamented his condition .. it was always .. ‘see you soon , just a routine visit to the Hospital .. I’ll be back shortly ‘. Joie de vivre .. the exuberant enjoyment of life , was a gene he inherited from his father .. the Legend, the Ultimate Showman the Iconic Raj Kapoor …” (sic) Also Read - Shah Rukh Khan Pays Tribute to Rishi Kapoor in a Heartwarming Post, Says 'Will Miss Him For His Gentle Pat on Head'
Bachchan went on to talk about why he never went to meet Rishi at the hospital even when he was hospitalised. He said he never wanted to see him under distress or going through illness. The actor added that for him, Kapoor will always remain a chirpy, happy man who would break into impromptu laughter and make everyone feel happier around. “I never visited him in Hospital .. I never wanted to see distress on his smiling cherubic face …But I am certain .. when he went , he must have gone with a gentle smile …” (sic) Also Read - Alia Bhatt Shares Ranbir Kapoor's Childhood Photo While Giving Tribute to Rishi Kapoor, Writes 'Love I Received From You is a Warm Hug'
The actor also wrote that while Kapoor had received the personality traits from his father Raj Kapoor, he walked like his grandfather, another celebrated actor from the history of Indian cinema – Prithviraj Kapoor. He wrote, “He had a walk that was confident and determined .. a stride and style that was similar to that of his grandfather, the legendary Prithvi Raj ji .. a walk I had noticed in one of his earlier films .. that walk .. I never found it in any other ..” (sic). Read Bachchan’s full post here:
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… in Memoriam https://tmblr.co/ZwrX5vYFTdCL4y00 had seen him at his home Deonar Cottage, Chembur , a young energetic, bubbly , mischief in his eyes Chintu , on those rare moments when I was privileged to have been invited to an evening at Raj ji’s house .. I would see him more often after , at RK Studios, when he trained as an actor for his film to be made, BOBBY .. a diligent enthusiastic youngster, ready to pounce onto every learning that came his way, in that famous large and legendary make up room, of Raj ji at the end of the first floor corridor of make up rooms .. He had a walk that was confident and determined .. a stride and style that was similar to that of his grandfather, the legendary Prithvi Raj ji .. a walk I had noticed in one of his earlier films .. that walk .. I never found it in any other .. We worked in several films together .. When he spoke his lines, you believed every word of it .. there was never an alternative .. its genuineness was beyond question .. And there has never been any other, that could lip sync a song as perfectly as he did .. never .. His playful attitude on set was infectious .. even in the most grave sequences he would discover that comedic spark and we would all just crack up .. !! Not just on set .. if you were with him at any formal event , he would find that little distractive light hearted gem to expand on and lighten the situation .. When there was a time lapse as the shot got readied , he would bring out his playing cards , or at times pull out his rather complicated Bagatele board and invite others to play .. a competition .. not just for fun .. a serious competition .. During his time of diagnosis and his treatment he never ever lamented his condition .. it was always .. ‘see you soon , just a routine visit to the Hospital .. I’ll be back shortly ‘ Joie de vivre .. the exuberant enjoyment of life , was a gene he inherited from his father .. the Legend, the Ultimate Showman the Iconic Raj Kapoor .. I never visited him in Hospital .. I never wanted to see distress on his smiling cherubic face .. But I am certain .. when he went , he must have gone with a gentle smile …
Rishi Kapoor was 67 when he passed away after battling leukemia for over a year and coming out victorious in September last year. Bachchan had worked with him in many movies including Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Naseeb (1981), Coolie (1983), Ajooba (1991), and 102 Not Out (2018) among others.
Several other stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt, Salman Khan, Juhi Chawla, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Ekta Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sanjay Dutt and Taapsee Pannu also wrote heartfelt notes mourning the demise of the ‘original chocolate boy of Bollywood’ – Rishi Kapoor. May his soul rest in peace!