A powerhouse of expertise, Rishi Kapoor’s ardour for his craft, as most of his colleagues would vouch for, was unparalleled. The actor was usually quoted saying: “I have tried to look different and play different roles through my life because I am passionate about my work.”
Kapoor was in contact with a few of his favorite directors even whereas he was present process therapy in the US. Kapoor’s 102 Not Out director Umesh Shukla, who met him final in the US, mentioned, “I was keen on working with Rishi for the third time, and was even ready with the script. I spoke to him on 18 March, and due to coronavirus and social distancing, we decided to meet up for a narration after things had normalised. He was very excited, and he said we would catch up soon.”
Reminiscing his collaboration and interactions with Kapoor, Shukla additional mentioned, “Rishi was a good human being, a very honest person, and that’s why he was such a great actor. We have lost an actor with very subtle and spontaneous performances. He was enjoying his second innings. He would often tell me that actually I am enjoying this inning more than the first one because, ‘Earlier I would be only running around trees and mountains, singing songs wearing thick sweaters. But now I am getting to play nice, meaty characters’. He used to come on set with lot of passion and energy.”
“Rishi was very eager that we do a sequel of Do Dooni Chaar,” reveals director Habib Faisal. “Whenever I would message him asking about his health, he would say, ‘I will be back very soon. I could almost hear it in the messages that he would write back – ‘Keep the script ready, and as soon as I am back, we will start,’” mentioned Faisal.
“I was a first-time filmmaker, and was making an attempt to do one thing which, in 2009, had not turn out to be mainstream, and but Rishi had no qualms assembly me, or listening to the story thought. He was able to take up the problem. He was not simply passionate however a selfless individual, who was okay to take the danger. He stayed that means all through the method, and by no means made anybody really feel that there was a enormous legend of a star on set. He would not often sit in his vainness van, and would all the time be hanging round on set. We shot all the movie on location, and half the time, he can be seen chatting with the mohallawallahs. He was like this little wide-eyed kid gone into a toy store for the primary time,” provides Faisal.
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Leena Yadav, who lately directed Kapoor in Rajma Chawal, mentioned, “I had an incredible time working with Rishi Kapoor. I’ve by no means met anyone who will be such a youngster and such a smart man, each on the identical time. He had such a massive life and a massive profession, and I’m actually grateful that I acquired to be a small a part of it.”
Poonam Dhillon, who co-starred with Kapoor in about eight to 10 movies in the ’80s, outstanding amongst these being Yeh Vaada Raha and Zamana, mentioned she was shocked to listen to about his demise. “I thought he has totally recovered. I met him a few times after he was back from his treatment, and he was looking better than ever, and that’s why I told him, ‘Chintu, this is making you look so good. Now you should stay healthy, get off alcohol,’ and he said, ‘Keep quiet.’ There was not a hint that he was unwell,” mentioned Dhillon.
She continued, “For me, he was a type of pure actors, additionally very critical about his work, and very hardworking. He labored with many newcomers (actresses) however he by no means handled us like one. He by no means confirmed us angle. I was a kid in entrance of him. He would allow you to be, and would give suggestion provided that you requested for one. But I’ve learnt a lot from him. He taught me how whereas doing a unhappy track, you don’t essentially should look unhappy and have tears flowing, you are able to do a unhappy track with a smile as effectively. He would usually smile in a unhappy track, and that smile conveyed lot of ache. I was a whole fan of his songs on display. He may sing any type of track — a qawalli, or a ghazal or a romantic duet or a unhappy track, and it might look good on him.”
“He was so nonchalant about his talent. He was a pleasant person that way but he would also, at times, trouble us, rag us but it was all in good humour. I would complain to his wife sometimes, and she would say, ‘Can you imagine how much he must have bullied, and made me cry when I worked with him’. Actually, Rishi was a whole package of personality. He wasn’t that typical sweet-talking diplomatic man. He was a fireball,” Dhillon additional added.
Like Dhillon, Kapoor’s Prem Rog co-star Padmini Kolhapure too mentioned she learnt a lot concerning the craft from the veteran actor. “Rishi’s efficiency goes to stay with me. In my efficiency, you will see a jhalak of him. I can’t clarify what however I’ve learnt a lot from him about performing. I was first his fan earlier than changing into his co-actor. I nonetheless can’t consider that he’s gone,” mentioned Kolhapure.
However, Rati Agnihotri, who starred reverse Kapoor in Tawaif, Coolie, and Yeh Hai Jalwa was too shocked for phrases. “At this point, I am too sad, so heartbroken. Chintu will always be alive in my thoughts,” mentioned Agnihotri.
“He was one of those few people who would call a spade a spade, and react without putting on a facade or mask. He never minced his words, and because of his nature probably, there used to be this pin-drop silence on set always. There would be great discipline on set. He’s a no-nonsense person, and at the same time, fun-loving,” mentioned Emraan Hashmi, who shared display area with Kapoor in the current launch The Body, a thriller thriller.
“I had by no means met Mr Kapoor earlier than we began the shoot. My notion of him was primarily based on his tweets. I didn’t know what to anticipate and I was pleasantly shocked. He was a implausible co-actor, very giving, extraordinarily heat. He was stuffed with tales and anecdotes concerning the business. It was a nice working relationship. I was going to message him in the subsequent couple of days, simply checking up on his well being. He was such a enormous a part of my childhood. He has impacted all our lives along with his implausible performances, along with his display presence. Losing him is like nearly an finish of an period,” mentioned Hashmi.
Shukla shares an anecdote from the 102 Not Out shoot. “I remember once during dubbing… Normally actors watch their scene completely, and then do their dubbing. One day, he saw a scene and refused to dub that day, and he started crying. When I asked him what happened, he said, ‘No Umesh, I won’t be able to dub today. See, how Bachchan sir has performed. He is so good’. He was completely blown away by Bachchan’s performance, and had got so emotional. He went home, and sent a bouquet to Mr Bachchan. To praise a fellow actor like this is commendable. He used to also boost confidence of other junior actors. People used to say that Rishi is very moody, temperamental, and has anger issues but I never felt that. He would always come up with relevant questions, and one had to answer that. I consider myself to be very fortunate to have done two films with him. Just that right now, I am feeling so miserable that how do I meet his family, and I will miss him big time.”
And directors of two of the numerous memorable movies of Kapoor in the current previous, Agneepath and Kapoor & Sons, haven’t come to phrases with the demise of the legend. “I’m not in a place to speak proper now. He was greater than Agneepath to me. He was household. He was closest to me after my father, and I’ve misplaced him at this time. It feels unhappy. I’ve nothing extra to supply, and I’m simply making an attempt to handle, and making an attempt getting issues below management,” mentioned Agneepath director Karan Malhotra, and son of yesteryear producer Ravi Malhotra (who produced hits with Rishi Kapoor in the ’70s, comparable to Khel Khel Mein and Jhoota Kahin Ka).
Kapoor & Sons director Shakun Batra merely mentioned, “Sad day. Miss him dearly.”
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Updated Date: May 01, 2020 11:48:18 IST