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On the third anniversary of his passing, family and friends remember him: Nobody Can Replace Him

For three decades, Rishi Kapoor embodied the romantic hero of Bollywood, and on the third anniversary of his passing, family, friends, and former coworkers remember his “charm” and “endearing” character.

After a two-year struggle with leukaemia, Rishi Kapoor, who appeared in movies ranging from 1973's “Bobby” to 2018's “Mulk,” passed away on April 30, 2020, at the age of 67.

According to his son, the Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor, “nothing can prepare” a person for coping with the gap that their parent's passing leaves in their life.

“When a child loses a parent, it is the largest event that can happen in their lives. That is definitely noteworthy. The typical age when something like this occurs is when you're approaching your 40s… However, it strengthens family ties. It helps you comprehend life. The 40-year-old said in a recent interview with PTI that the experience “makes you value your loved ones, priorities, and what matters and doesn't matter.”

Ranbir said he was filming “Brahmastra Part One: Shiva” and “Shamshera” during Rishi Kapoor's cancer treatment.

“There are some incredible experiences when I see 'Brahmastra' today, but there are also situations I see that bring back memories…like oh! He was either receiving chemotherapy at the time or was being kept alive by a ventilator. There have thus been ups and downs, but that is life, the actor had observed.

Jackie Shroff, a colleague of Rishi Kapoor's, recalled him as one of the best performers in Indian movie history.

He was really charming with his charisma, his sparkling eyes, and his lovely grin. I used to run into him on Nepean Sea Road in Mumbai while I was hanging out with pals. My fave was him. He was excellent. He excelled at expressing passion, humour, and romance. He was among the best, Shroff said to PTI.

They never had the opportunity to share the screen together, despite the fact that they both appeared in ensemble films like “Azad Desh Ke Ghulam,” “Aurangzeb,” “Badman,” and “Chalk n Duster.”

“Jackie, we should do one picture together, he would often remark. Shroff said, “I always waited.

The third generation of the Kapoor family to define celebrity in the Hindi cinema business, Rishi Kapoor, was one of the few performers to be able to sustain their romantic hero on-screen persona for decades and collaborate with female stars of all eras.

Manisha Koirala, who co-starred with him in the 1993 film “Anmol,” said that on the set, everyone referred to him as “Lord Chintu ji.”

“I don't believe anybody can replace him for the amount of freshness, energy, and charisma that he would bring,… The way he would dance. He played roles in his later films, but he did it wonderfully and spontaneously. When he leaves, a sizable gap remains. That position cannot, in my opinion, be filled by anyone else.

“Rishi Kapoor was a natural-born actor,” she said.

Throughout his career, the legendary actor appeared in love comedies like “Majnu,” “Rafoo Chakkar,” “Chandni,” “Henna,” and “Saagar.”

He was more content with his second acting run as a character actor, which included roles in films like “Do Dooni Chaar,” “Agneepath,” “Kapoor & Sons,” “Mulk,” and “102 Not Out” alongside his wife Neetu Kapoor.

The actor would often inquire about how effectively the director and his team were doing their jobs, according to '102 Not Out' director Umesh Shukla.

“Chintu ji was a highly impromptu performer who didn't think about workshops and rehearsing. He thought that an actor should carefully study the screenplay when it is delivered,” Shukla told PTI.

In “102 Not Out,” Rishi Kapoor and megastar Amitabh Bachchan reunited on the big screen for the first time in 27 years. Prior to this, they had roles in films like “Amar Akbar Anthony,” “Kabhi Kabhie,” “Naseeb,” “Coolie,” and “Ajooba.”

Shukla said that seeing both of the veterans practise and perform together was a joy.

In the 2018 movie, Bachchan played a 102-year-old pleasant father who loves to have fun, while Rishi Kapoor portrayed his 75-year-old son. It was based on the well-known Gujarati drama of the same name by writer Saumya Joshi.

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