Rishi Kapoor, veteran Hindi actor, passes away

The 67-year-old actor was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday after he was not keeping well


Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has passed away at a private hospital in Mumbai at 8.45 a.m. on Thursday, his brother Randhir Kapoor said.

The 67-year-old actor was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday after he was not keeping well.

“Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last,” the family said in a statement.

“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,” the statement said.

Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 following which he was in New York for nearly a year to undergo treatment. He returned to India in September last year.

Post return to India, Kapoor’s health has frequently been in focus. In February, Kapoor was hospitalised twice due to his health issues.

A third generation actor, Rishi Kapoor, was the second son of actor Raj Kapoor and a grandson of Prithviraj Kapoor. He began is career as a child artiste in Mera Naam Joker (1970), for which he received the National Award. As an adult protagonist, his first film was Bobby in 1973. Kapoor went on to act in over 90 films in the next four decades.

He was last seen in 102 Not Out co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, where the latter played Kapoor’s centenarian father.

His autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored… was published by Harper Collins and launched at ‘The Hindu Lit for Life 2017’.

The actor recently announced his next project, a remake of Hollywood film The Intern, also featuring Deepika Padukone.

Family’s statement

In a statement to the media, the Kapoor family asked that Rishi Kapoor be remembered with a smile rather than tears.

“He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears,” it added. 

The family requested the public to respect the laws surrounding the national lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus.

“In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise 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,” said the statement.

Rishi Kapoor is survived by his wife Neetu and son Ranbir, both actors, and daughter Ridhima.