This week has been a terrible one for Indian cinema as another legendary actor, Rishi Kapoor, has died in a hospital in Mumbai at the age of 67. On Wednesday, actor Irrfan Khan, who was battling a rare cancer, passed away.
Kapoor, who fought a long battle with cancer, has not been keeping well and was admitted to the HN Reliance Hospital by his family on Wednesday morning after he suffered some breathing problem.
The news about his hospitalisation was informed by his brother Randhir Kapoor yesterday. However, his condition was stated to be stable.
Leaders across political lines poured their tributes to the late leader. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was among the first to express grief over the veteran actor’s demise.
This is a terrible week for Indian cinema, with the passing of another legend, actor Rishi Kapoor. A wonderful actor, with a huge fan following across generations, he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends & fans all over the world, at this time of grief.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 30, 2020
Terming Rishi Kapoor’s sudden demise as shocking, Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar offered his condolences to the family of the late actor.
The sudden demise of actor Rishi Kapoor is shocking. He was not only a great actor but a good human being. Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. Om Shanti
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) April 30, 2020
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawat said Rishi Kapoor’s passing away “is an irreplaceable loss to Indian cinema.”
Another saddening news coming from Indian film industry. #RishiKapoor's passing away is an irreplaceable loss to Indian cinema. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this hour of grief. pic.twitter.com/L8LqyQyPd9
— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) April 30, 2020
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also offered his condolences and said that he is “saddened by the sudden demise of Rishi Kapoor who left a profound imprint on Bollywood by his versatility acting.”
Saddened by the sudden demise of #RishiKapoor who left a profound imprint on Bollywood by his versatile acting. Have grown up watching many of his films since my student days.
A great loss to the world of creativity.
My sincere condolences!
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) April 30, 2020
Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor said he is saddened by the demise of his senior schoolmate.
Saddened to hear that my senior schoolmate at Mumbai's CampionSchool, Rishi Kapoor, whom i competed with in "inter-class dramatics" in 1967-68, has gone to a better world. From the romantic hero of "Bobby"to the mature character actor of his last films, he evolved remarkably. RIP pic.twitter.com/9eyzE0qP38
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 30, 2020
The Youth Congress, in a tweet, also expressed its anguish over the demise of “Hindi cinema’s most beloved, film legend and veteran actor” Rishi Kapoor.
We are anguished at yet another painful news. We have lost one of Hindi cinema's most beloved, film legend and veteran actor #RishiKapoor after a long battle with cancer.
Our deepest condolences to his family, loved ones and fans. He will be dearly missed. pic.twitter.com/wZPAmy9sPL
— Youth Congress (@IYC) April 30, 2020
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik, also offered their condolences in respective tweets.
Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of actor Rishi Kapoor. He entertained several generations of Indians throughout his career. What a terrible loss.. My condolences to the grieving family. May God bless his soul.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 30, 2020
Saddened to learn about the passing away of veteran actor #RishiKapoor. Indian cinema has lost one of the iconic actors who had left an imprint with many memorable movies. My condolences to family, friends and fans. #RIP
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 30, 2020
The actor returned to India last September after undergoing treatment for cancer in the US for almost a year.
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. He was discharged soon after.
Kapoor, who has been quite active on social media, hasn’t posted anything on his Twitter account since April 2.
Son of the legendary actor Raj Kapoor ad Krishna Kapoor, Rishi made his first film appearance at the tender age of 3 years in Shree420. His debut role was in Raj Kapoor directorial Mera Naam Joker. He then became a heartthrob with RK Films’ Bobby.
Rishi Kapoor was a popular actor through the 1970s to the 1990s when he worked in movies like Amar Akbar Anthony, Coolie, Karz and Chandni among more. In his later years, he was known for his character roles in movies like Hum Tum, Agneepath and Kapoor & Sons among more. He was last seen in The Body alongside Emraan Hashmi.
The actor recently announced his next project, a remake of Hollywood film “The Intern”, also featuring Deepika Padukone.