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Home / Bollywood / RIP Rishi Kapoor: ‘Anguished by his demise,’ says PM Narendra Modi; Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar lead Bollywood in paying tributes

RIP Rishi Kapoor: ‘Anguished by his demise,’ says PM Narendra Modi; Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar lead Bollywood in paying tributes

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai on Thursday. The actor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. A shocked Amitabh Bachchan said ‘he is destroyed’, Akshay Kumar said ‘ we are living in a nightare’.

bollywood Updated: Apr 30, 2020 15:27 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rishi Kapoor died in Mumbai on Thursday.
Rishi Kapoor died in Mumbai on Thursday.

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor died at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on Thursday morning. The 67-year-old actor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 but returned to India a year later after he was announced ‘free of cancer‘.

The news of Rishi’s tragic demise has shocked and saddened the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the actor a ‘powerhouse of talent’ and wrote, “Multifaceted, endearing and lively...this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent. I will always recall our interactions, even on social media. He was passionate about films and India’s progress. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.”

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Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with him in films such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Kabhie Kabhie and most recently, 102 Not Out, tweeted, “He’s GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed !”


Akshay Kumar remembered the ‘legend’ and wrote on Twitter, “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.”


Aamir Khan mourned the loss of the ‘amazing actor’ and ‘wonderful human being’. “We have lost one of the greats today. An amazing actor, a wonderful human being, and 100% a child of Cinema. 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. Love. a,” he wrote.


Taapsee Pannu, who worked with Rishi in her Bollywood debut film Chashme Baddoor and Mulk, said that she could not put her emotions into words. “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,” she tweeted.


Priyanka Chopra shared a picture with Rishi and his wife Neetu Kapoor, taken while he was undergoing cancer treatment in New York. “My heart is so heavy. This is the end of an era. #Rishisir your candid heart and immeasurable talent will never be encountered again. Such a privilege to have known you even a little bit. My condolences to Neetu maam, Ridhima, Ranbir and the rest of the family. Rest in peace Sir,” she wrote.


Lyricist Prasoon Joshi wrote, “#RishiKapoor A series of shocks.. Chintuji - bebaak, garamjosh aur zindadil. We grew up with his cinema and I was privileged that we worked on many films together - Hum Tum , Fanaa Delhi 6 . Will miss his warm hugs. Rest in Peace @chintskap.”


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Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar called Rishi ‘one of his most favourite actors’ and wrote, “Shocked to hear about the tragic demise of the legendary versatile actor #RishiKapoor. Another great loss for the film industry. One of my most favourite actor. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and admirers. Om Shanti.”


Genelia D’Souza offered condolences to the family. “I just remember meeting you a couple of months ago.. So so warm and one of the best evenings of my life with conversations straight from the heart .. Our Deepest condolences to Neetuji, RiddhimA, Ranbir and the entire Kapoor family.. Heartbroken #RipRishiji,” she wrote.







Rishi is survived by his wife Neetu Kapoor, son Ranbir Kapoor and daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni.

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