A day after the demise of Irrfan Khan, veteran actor Risi Kapoor has bid adieu to the world. Rishi was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday owing to bad health where he breathed his last at 8.45 a.m. on Thursday.
The 67-year-old actor was diagnosed with cancer in the year 2018 for which he had even undergone treatment for one year in New York. After his return to India in September 2019, Rishi had been pretty active on social media but the man had been hospitalized twice due to ill health.
The third generation of Bollywood's Kapoor family, Rishi was the second son of Raj Kapoor and the grandson of Prithviraj Kapoor. He was first seen as a child artist in the 1970 film Mera Naam Joker for which he won the National Award. His first film as the lead hero was Bobby that released in 1973. In his career span of nearly four decades, Rishi acted in more than 90 films.
Last seen in 102 Not Out, Rishi's autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored… was published by Harper Collins and launched at 'The Hindu Lit for Life 2017'.
His next announced project was a remake of the Hollywood film The Intern.
In a statement to the media, the family asked that Rishi Kapoor be remembered with a smile rather than tears.
The statement said: "Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45 a.m. 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. 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. 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."
They further requested the public to abide by the laws during the nationwide lockdown and stated, "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."
Rishi Kapoor is survived by his wife Neetu and son Ranbir, both actors, and daughter Ridhima.