Just one day after we were rattled with the news of Irrfan Khan’s passing, we have lost another legend. Actor Rishi Kapoor has passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. According to reports, he was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday, where he breathed his last. From winning a National Award for his first film as a child actor (Mera Naam Joker) to being awarded a Filmfare Best Actor Award for his debut movie Bobby, this popular Kapoor had proven his mettle on the big screen time and again. In his time, he was the hero every lady wanted to romance and his chocolate boy looks made many swoon over him. But it is after the year 2000 that we got the opportunity to see the real potential of this versatile actor. After doing 92 movies as a romantic hero, Chintskap moved to supporting roles and he gave performances that dominated the entire movie regardless of the screen space. In his lifetime, Rishi Kapoor had been a part of nearly 150 movies. Today, we remember him for eight of our favorite performances by the legendary actor.
Do Dooni Chaar (2010)
It is hard to imagine anyone from the Kapoor family as a common middle-class person who’s income just takes care of the basics in a family. In Do Dooni Chaar, he portrayed the role of Santosh Duggal, who was a school teacher with dreams of having his own car. He owned the character and was praised by critics and audiences alike.
Student of The Year (2012)
Dean Yogendra Vashishth wasn’t only the principal of an institution, he was a friend and a guardian. He was openly fond of another male character and he carried that role with so much poise. If people laughed at him, he laughed along and yet he was also respected by everyone. With such a layered character, Mr. Kapoor did a great job with such finesse and grace that you cannot picture anyone else on this role.
Rishi Kapoor’s character in this movie was Rauf Lala but the first choice for this character’s name was probably Khauf Lala. He played an underworld don who owned a meat business and simultaneously handled drug smuggling and prostitution. He was creepy, scary, and deadly; in one word – fantastic!
Chashme Buddoor (2013)
Mr. Joseph Furtado was unlike the deadly villain, a middle-class teacher or an underworld mafia Rishi Kapoor had played before. In this movie, he was a chilled out, laid-back gentleman in his 40s, trying to find love again.
It is quite evident that the character of Iqbal Seth aka Goldman was loosely based on Dawood Ibrahim. For whatever little is out there about this underworld don, it must be quite difficult to adapt to it. In this one, you can tell who Rishi Kapoor was playing just by his looks.
Kapoor & Sons (2016)
Amarjeet Kapoor aka Daadu’s character was nothing but hilarious. A nearly unrecognizable Rishi Kapoor must have had a lot of fun playing such an amazing character. He was a grandpa who was 90+ years old, who faked his death all the time, liked to surf the internet on his iPapad and was simply fun-tastic.
102 Not Out (2018)
Exactly opposite to his character in Kapoor & Sons, Babulal Vakharia was a 75-year-old son of a 102-year-old dad who lived together. Unlike his dad (played by Amitabh Bachchan), he had accepted the fate of his old age and stopped living “the life”. This one was another example of Kapoor’s versatility.
One of the last of the actor’s excellent roles was Advocate Murad Ali Mohammed, who was accused of being a terrorist because of his nephew’s extremist ideologies and actions. His character here was a respected Indian citizen, a religious man, a lawyer, an uncle, a brother, a friend and a man of honor. He shuffled and focused on each aspect of his character with finesse and gave a performance worth remembering!
Mr. Rishi Kapoor was an amazingly talented person and Bollywood was fortunate to have him as a part of the family. RIP, Sir! You shall be missed.