Rishi Kapoor the Evergreen Heartthrob of Bollywood passed away this morning at 67. He was battling cancer for the last couple of years and was admitted in H N Reliance hospital, where he breathed his last today morning. Mr. Kapoor was seeking treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital in New York and spent a considerable amount of time in 2019 in New York.
His death came as a shock to the Boyyowod fraternity already reading form the early demise of another benevolent actor Irrfan Khan.
Rishi Kapoor debuted as a child artist in his father Raj Kapoor’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker. The actor was last seen in The Body a 2019 Indian Hindi-language mystery thriller film written and directed by Jeethu Joseph. In recent years, Rishi Kapoor had given some excellent performances in serious roles, some of these include D-Day and Mulk. He is however he is still fondly remembered for his romantic movies earlier in his career. As a tribute to one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood, we’ve compiled below some of his best romantic movies from his earlier days.
Best Romantic Movies of Rishi Kapoor
An all-out blockbuster the film is credited with introducing teenage romance genre to Indian cinema. Directed by Raj Kapoor, and written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. The film stars Raj Kapoor’s son, Rishi Kapoor, in his first leading role, opposite Dimple Kapadia in her debut role. The film included evergreen hits songs like:
- “Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho” – by Lata Mangeshkar and Shailendra Singh
- “Jhoot Bole Kauva Kate” – by Lata Mangeshkar and Shailendra Singh
- “Main Shayar To Nahin” – by Shailendra Singh
Kabhi Kabhie – 1976
Kabhi Kabhie is a 1976 Indian Hindi romantic drama film, produced and directed by Yash Chopra, starring an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh and Simi Garewal. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh fell in love while shooting this film. The movie was particularly noted for its soundtrack compositions by Khayyam, who won Filmfare Award for Best Music.
“Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein – I” – by Mukesh
“Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein – II” – by Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar
Laila Majnu – 1976
This film is directed by Harnam Singh Rawail and stars Rishi Kapoor, Ranjeeta, Danny Denzongpa, Aruna Irani, Asrani, Iftekhar, Tom Alter and Ranjeet. The film’s music is by Madan Mohan and Jaidev. The film was released on 11 November 1976, it is based on the real story of a young man called Qays ibn al-Mulawwah from the northern Arabian Peninsula. The soundtrack included hits like;
- “Husn Hazir Hai” Lata Mangeshkar
- “Tere Dar Pa Aaya Hoon” Mohammed Rafi
- “Is Reshmi Paazzeb Ki Jhankar” Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
- “Barbad-E-Mohabbat ki Dua” Mohammed Rafi
Sargam – 1979
Written and directed by K. Viswanath. A remake of a Telugu film Siri Siri Muvva (1976). The film stars Jayaprada a mute dancer and Rishi Kapoor as her partner. Hit songs from the movie include;
“Dafliwale Dafli Baja” – by Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar 05:19
“Koyal Boli Duniya Doli” -by Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar 04:21
“Parbat Ke Us Paar” – by Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar 07:18
Prem Rog – 1982
Considered a classic by the director Raj Kapoor. Prem Rog tells the story of a young mans’ love towards a widow of higher status family. A pioneering film even by modern standard. the films start Rishi Kapoor and Padmini Kolhapure in lead roles.
- “Meri Qismat Mein Tu Nahin”- by Lata Mangeshkar
- “Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara Yahan Aana Na Dobara” – by Lata Mangeshkar
Saagar – 1985
The film stars Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Haasan and Dimple Kapadia. The film featured lyrics, story and screenplay written by Javed Akhtar and music by R. D. Burman. It received critical acclaim upon release and winning a Four Filmfare Awards. Blockbuster hit sings from the film include
“O Maria” by Asha Bhosle, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
“Saagar Kinare” by Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
“Chehra Hai Ya Chand Khila Hai” (Saagar Jaisi Aankhonwali) by Kishore Kumar
Chandni – 1989
Chandni is a 1989 Indian romantic musical drama film, directed and produced by Yash Chopra The film stars Sridevi as Chandni Mathur, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, and Waheeda Rehman are featured in supporting roles. Chandni became the third highest-grossing Indian film of 1989. At the 37th National Film Awards, it won Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and at the 35th Filmfare Awards, it received 10 nominations including for the Best Film, winning Best Cinematography.
- “Chandni O Meri Chandni” – by Sridevi, Jolly Mukherjee
- “Mere Haathon Mein” -by Lata Mangeshkar
Heena – 1991
The film was started by legendary director Raj Kapoor, but due to his demise during the filming, the remaining portions were directed by his eldest son Randhir. A romance drama shot in Srinagar, against the backdrop of India-Pakistan tension. Rishi Kapoor stars as Chander Prakash, who lives in Srinagar, is about to get engaged to Chandni (Ashwini Bhave. The music by Ravindra Jain included hit songs like:
“Anar Dana” – by Lata Mangeshkar
“Main Hoon Khushrang Henna” (Happy) – by Lata Mangeshkar
“Der Na Ho Jaye Kahin” by Lata Mangeshkar, Suresh Wadkar
Deewana – 1992
The film stars Divya Bharti, Rishi Kapoor and newcomer Shah Rukh Khan, with Amrish Puri and Sushma Seth in supporting roles. Kajal (Divya Bharti), a beautiful young girl falls in love with and marries a famous and wealthy singer named Ravi (Rishi Kapoor).
- “Koi Na Koi Chahiye” – by Vinod Rathod
- “Aisi Deewangi” – by Vinod Rathod, Alka Yagnik
Bol Radha Bol – 1992
Bol Radha Bol is a 1992 Hindi action thriller film directed by David Dhawan, starring Juhi Chawla and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles. The film is perhaps best remembered for the hit track “Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara”. The film’s story revolves around how Kishen Malhotra (Rishi Kapoor) an industrialist falls in love with a village belle named Radha (Juhi Chawla) and all the different uneventful events that take place in Kishen’s life. Hit songs include;
“Bol Radha Bol”- by Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam
“Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara” – by Kumar Sanu, Poornima
Amitabh Bachchan also expressed shock and grief over the passing away of Rishi Kapoor. “He’s GONE..! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away.. I am destroyed !” wrote Bachchan on Twitter. He later deleted the tweet. Rishi Kapoor And Amitabh worked on a number of movies together, a few of them below.
- Kabhi Kabhi – 1976
- Amar Akbar Anthony – 1977
- Naseeb – 1981
- Coolie – 1983
- Ajooba – 1991
- Family – 2006
- Om Shanti Om – 2007
- Delhi 6- 2009
- 102 Not Out – 2018
Other personalities from an array of industries and domains also expressed grief at the passing away of Rishi Kapoor
PM Narendra Modi
Multifaceted, endearing and lively…this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent. I will always recall our interactions, even on social media. He was passionate about films and India’s progress. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2020
Heartbroken … Rest In Peace … my dearest friend #RishiKapoor
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) April 30, 2020
It seems like we’re in the midst of a nightmare…just heard the depressing news of #RishiKapoor ji passing away, it’s heartbreaking. He was a legend, a great co-star and a good friend of the family. My thoughts and prayers with his family 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 30, 2020
Rest in peace chintu sirrr, kaha suna maaf , strength , peace n light to family n friends…
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) April 30, 2020
This is unreal and unbelievable. Yesterday Irrfan Khan and today Rishi Kapoor ji. It’s hard to accept this as a legend passes away today. My condolences to the family and may his soul rest in peace 😟💔
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 30, 2020