The 67-year-old Rishi Kapoor died in Mumbai today after a two-year battle with cancer.
Farewell Chintuji! Film industry mourns the loss of its lover boy and actor par excellence
Mumbai - 30 Apr 2020 12:37 IST
Updated : 13:57 IST
Actor Rishi Kapoor's demise has sent shockwaves through the Indian film industry. Kapoor died early today after a two-year battle with leukaemia. He was rushed to the intensive care unit of the Sir Hurkissondas Nurottamdas Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai last evening after complaining of breathing trouble.
The news shocked the film industry, particularly as it came just a day after the death of celebrated actor Irrfan Khan on Wednesday. Kapoor's long-time co-star and close family friend Amitabh Bachchan was among the first to share the news.
T 3517 - He's GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away ..— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 30, 2020
I am destroyed !
Director Karan Johar, a close friend of the family, defined the 1970s heartthrob with a simple statement, 'He was my childhood.'
He was my childhood..... 😪— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 30, 2020
Singer Lata Mangeshkar, the voice for many of Kapoor's heroines, called the loss a "difficult time for the industry". The singer also shared an image of herself holding Kapoor as a baby.
Kya kahun? Kya likhu kuch samajh mein nahi aaraha hai.Rishi ji ke nidhan se mujhe bahut dukh ho raha hai.Unke jaane se film industry ki bahut haani hui hai. Ye dukh sehena mere liye bahut mushkil hai.Bhagwan unki aatma ko shanti pradan karein.— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) April 30, 2020
Kuch samay pehle Rishi ji ne mujhe unki aur meri ye tasveer bheji thi.wo sab din,sab baatein yaad aarahi hain. Main shabdheen hogayi hun. pic.twitter.com/IpwCKMqUBq— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) April 30, 2020
Akshay Kumar summed up the mood, saying, "It seems we are in the middle of a nightmare''.
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
Ajay Devgn shared the thought as he called it 'a stab to the heart'.
One blow after another. Rishi ji’s passing away is nothing short of a stab to my heart. We associated in Raju Chacha (2000) and stayed in touch through...until now. Condolences to Neetuji, Ranbir, Riddhima & Dabbooji 🙏— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) April 30, 2020
Director Nikkhil Advani, whose D-Day (2013) had featured both Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, remembered the late actor's zest for life.
No one treated me with the respect an actor gives a director more than you did, that too being who you were. You my friend sir. I’m sitting, remembering and just chuckling, laughing. Waiting for your booming voice to say “boy... make me one more drink!” #RishiKapoor #RIP— Nikkhil Advani (@nikkhiladvani) April 30, 2020
Actor Manoj Bajpayee was among the many who felt the demise of two great actors in the span of 24 hours was unfair and a tragedy.
Couldn’t even finish writing an obituary of our IRRFAN (RIP friend) and the news of RISHI KAPOOR ji passing away has completely crushed me!! No...this is not happening...it’s too much to https://t.co/4xV3Fqw304 RISHIJI 🙏— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) April 30, 2020
Even Southern star Rajinikanth took to Twitter to share his condolences for his Dosti Dushmani (1986) co-star.
Heartbroken ... Rest In Peace ... my dearest friend #RishiKapoor— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) April 30, 2020
Director Hansal Mehta was among the mourners who took their messages online.
Terrible, terrible news. RIP Chintuji.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) April 30, 2020
Director Nandita Das and actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar were among the mourners as they bid farewell to the actor fondly known in the industry as 'Chintuji'.
And we can't even mourn the loss together in these times. Feels very heavy.— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) April 30, 2020
Absolutely heartbroken. This is an irreparable loss. To the film industry. To the audiences. And to all who were blessed enough to know him personally. Love you Rishi uncle. #RIP— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 30, 2020
Mulk (2018) director Anubhav Sinha was heartbroken at the news of his actor's passing. The film remains one of the finest performances by Kapoor in the past decade.
Noooooo Chintu Ji..... Nooooo!!!!— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) April 30, 2020
Kapoor's Mulk co-star Taapsee Punnu could not figure out if the news was real. She praised Kapoor's "sense of humour and honesty" as she remembered him. The actress also shared a moving picture of herself with Kapoor on the sets of the Anubhav Sinha film.
Ok someone tell me this is a dream ! Pleaseeeee— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) April 30, 2020
Been trying to write something n I can’t put my mind n hands in sync. More like the heart in between is just not able to comprehend this. That laugh, that sense of humour, the honesty and even the bully he was , will be missed. No one like you #RishiKapoor— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) April 30, 2020
My most favourite picture with him. Worked with him twice n the kind of brash honest compliments this man gave have never left my heart n mind. Even in his bullying there was so much love that one couldn’t help enjoy listening to him. The most entertaining stories came from him. the only costar of mine who could beat me in being ‘brutally’ honest. Sir humaari hat-trick reh gayi. I’m sure I will meet him somewhere n this hug shall be repeated with the same smile on our face.
Like Irrfan Khan, Kapoor's demise touched people from across human endeavours. Whether it was former Indian cricket stars Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman or politician Shashi Tharoor, who was also a schoolmate of the actor, messages poured in.
#RishiKapoor childhood hero...gone..heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) April 30, 2020
A childhood icon, so bubbly and one of the friendliest people I have met. Always waved to you first. And what a second wind as an actor! In grief. #RishiKapoor— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 30, 2020
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
Actor Aamir Khan also shared his condolences on Twitter.
We have lost one of the greats today. An amazing actor, a wonderful human being, and 100% a child of Cinema.— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) April 30, 2020
Thank you for all the joy you brought to our lives.
Thank you for being the actor and human being that you were.
You will be badly missed Rishiji.
Imtiaz Ali, who directed Kapoor in Love Aaj Kal (2009), shared a touching memory of the actor on his first day on the set.
Time is passing. The other day he was on my set. I was nervous, he was the biggest actor I had worked with. I touched his feet and asked him to guide me. He guided me. Another day I invited him to my brother’s wedding in Kashmir. Nobody comes so far, these are formalities. He came. And when the baraat was entering the venue he said -“you guys go in front, I will come in the end”. I understood later that he did not want the attention to shift from the groom to himself. And today he left. Something precious became past today. But this time will not take him away. I haven’t met him for so long anyway, I will think he is still there, smiling. And I can still think of the little time I could spend with him, and smile with him.
Actor Vicky Kaushal, who visited Kapoor while the latter was undergoing treatment in New York, shared an image of the family in good times.
Absolutely shattered and heart broken to wake up to the news of the loss of Rishi Kapoor Ji, one of the liveliest persons amongst us. The last time when I met him in NY, he was fighting the battle like a boss, with Neetu Ma’m by his side and a smile on his face. This is utterly tragic and incomprehensible. My condolences to Ranbir, Neetu Ma’m and the entire family. May his soul be resting in peace and raising a toast to a life well lived with the Gods in heaven. 💔
Even as the messages continue to come in through the day, it is certain that the loss will be immeasurable for the film industry.