Rishi Kapoor’s funeral, latest updates: Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt pay their last respects
Actor Rishi Kapoor died on Thursday after a 2-year battle with leukaemia. He was cremated in the presence of family and friends on Thursday evening.Updated: Apr 30, 2020 19:24 IST
Actor Rishi Kapoor died after a two-year-long battle with cancer on Thursday, maintaining his jovial nature till the very end. He was 67. Rishi Kapoor is survived by wife Neetu Kapoor, son Ranbir Kapoor and daughter Riddhima, who is on her way to Mumbai, but could not attend the funeral.
Rishi was cremated at the Chandanwadi crematorium in south Mumbai. Family members including wife Neetu Singh, son Ranbir, Rishi’s elder brother Randhir, Kareena Kapoor Khan, along with husband Saif Ali Khan and actor Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir’s girlfriend Alia Bhatt and Anil Ambani were among the few present at the funeral.
“The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last,” The Kapoor family said in a statement, adding that his fans and well-wishers should obey the ongoing lockdown laws and abstain from crowding the streets.
Rishi’s death was met with a flood of condolence messages. Everyone from PM Narendra Modi to screen legend Amitabh Bachchan paid tribute to the actor, who sustained a diverse career for several decades, and was known affectionately in the industry as ‘Chintu uncle’.
Stay tuned for all the live updates on the developing story here:
Karisma Kapoor pays touching tribute to Irrfan Khan, uncle Rishi
Karisma Kapoor shared a video of Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. The short clip comes from a scene they shared in the film D-Day. See her post here.
Riddhima Kapoor Sahni posts pictures on Instagram
Riddhima, who lives in Delhi, could not make it to the funeral in Mumbai. She penned an emotional note and shared it on Instagram stories, along with pictures with her father.
Katrina Kaif posts tribute
“Words fall short ....You will be remembered forever,” Katrina wrote alongside a picture of a young Rishi Kapoor.
Rishi Kapoor cremated
Rishi Kapoor was cremated at the Chandanwadi crematorium in south Mumbai in the presence of close family, according to PTI. His body was brought to the crematorium in an ambulance at around 3.45 pm directly from the hospital amid tight police security due to the coronavirus lockdown. Family members including wife Neetu Singh, son Ranbir, Rishi’s elder brother Randhir, Kareena Kapoor Khan, along with husband Saif Ali Khan and actor Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir’s girlfriend Alia Bhatt and Anil Ambani were among the few present at the funeral.
Ranbir Kapoor arrives at crematorium
Pictures of Rishi’s son, Rabir Kapoor, at the crematorium to attend his father’s funeral have been shared.
Anupam Kher shares old video
Remembering a moment spent with Rishi Kapoor, veteran Anupam Kher shared a video shot in New York with the late actor and his wife Neetu Singh. The 65-year-old star took to Instagram and shared a video featuring Rishi and Neetu Kapoor in a yellow cab in NYC where the late actor stayed for almost a year for his cancer treatment.
#RishiKapoor से ज़्यादा ज़िंदादिल, बेबाक़,ज़ोर ज़ोर से ठहाके लगाने वाला,एक बच्चे जैसी जिज्ञासा रखने वाला मैंने अपनी ज़िंदगी में कभी नहीं देखा।भगवान ने उनका साँचा बनाकर तोड़ दिया था।दुख इतना गहरा है, आँसू निकल ही नहीं रहे।NY में उनके साथ आख़िरी वीडियो।आप हमेशा रहोगे।Hello!Hello!🙏 pic.twitter.com/OxfH7nvWbL— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) April 30, 2020
Video of Rishi in hospital, blessing young man goes viral
A video of the actor in hospital (it is unclear when it was shot), is going viral. In the video, the actor is seen blessing a young man, who sings to him. “Work hard, only then will you succeed in life,” Rishi tells the young man.
The industry is gathering for his funeral
Randhir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Abhishek Bachchan, and others have been spotted at the crematorium, while Rishi’s mortal remains begin final journey.
Rishi Kapoor's mortal remains will be taken directly to a crematorium
Mumbai Police have reportedly requested the actor's family not to take his mortal remains home owing to the lockdown. Instead his body will be driven directly to a crematorium in Marine Lines Chandanwadi, close to HN Reliance Foundation Hospital where he was admitted, reports timesofindia.com.
Anil Kapoor pens heartfelt note
“To my Dear James, I don’t know where to begin...from growing up, to living our dreams on screen, we were together through it all... you were like an elder brother to me, a shoulder when I needed the support, a mentor when I needed that push and a friend always,” Anil Kapoor wrote in his note. He used to call Rishi James, while Rishi called him Patton. Read his full note here.
Kareena Kapoor Khan pays tribute to her ‘Chintu uncle’
“The best boys I know... Papa and Chintu uncle,” she wrote alongside a black-and-white picture of her father and Rishi.
Neetu Kapoor, Armaan Jain spotted outside hospital
Members of the Kapoor family are on the move. Rishi’s wife, Neetu Kapoor, and nephew Armaan Jain were spotted outside the hospital.
Remember Rishi through his best films
Rishi Kapoor had once said that “cinema as a medium is so universal that it touches thousands of hearts”. Though the evergreen romantic hero, who made wearing a sweater cool and chic, is gone now, he has left behind numerous movies that will stay forever in the hearts of many. Revisit them here.
Riddhima Kapoor Sahni posts farewell message on Instagram
Rishi’s daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni posted a picture on Instagram, and wrote in the caption, “Papa I love you I will always love you - RIP my strongest warrior I will miss you everyday I will miss your FaceTime calls everyday! Until we meet again papa I love you.”
Riddhima has reportedly been given special permission to travel to Mumbai.
Salman Khan offers condolences
“Rest in peace chintu sirrr, kaha suna maaf , strength , peace n light to family n friends,” Salman Khan wrote in a tweet.
Rest in peace chintu sirrr, kaha suna maaf , strength , peace n light to family n friends...— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) April 30, 2020
‘I am feeling very, very lonely’: Rakesh Roshan reacts to Rishi Kapoor’s death
An emotional Rakesh Roshan, who was Rishi’s friend and co-star, fought back tears as he spoke to Hindustan Times. “I am not okay at all. How can I be I lost my friend? It is too early to even think of my memories with him, I am still not being able to get over the shock of the news. I can’t believe that he is not with us. I am feeling very, very lonely, He was my friend. I don’t know what to say,” he said.
Smriti Irani fondly recalls Rishi Kapoor anecdote
“Bhag jaldi Dilli pagal,” were the words of veteran actor Rishi Kapoor to Union minister Smriti Irani in 2014 when he came to know that she had been summoned to the national capital to take oath after formation of a new government.
Rishi’s funeral to be held on Thursday evening
The actor’s last rites will be performed at the Chandanwadi crematorium in Kalbadevi. His son Ranbir Kapoor’s girlfriend, Alia Bhatt, was seen visiting the family in the hospital.
Rishi’s last tweet was a call for peace
In his last tweet, the actor had called for peace and harmony. Rishi was known for his energetic Twitter presence.
An appeal 🙏 to all brothers and sisters from all social status and faiths. Please don’t resort to violence,stone throwing or lynching. Doctors,Nurses,Medics, Policemen etc..are endangering their lives to save you. We have to win this Coronavirus war together. Please. Jai Hind!🇮🇳— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 2, 2020
Neetu Kapoor stood by him like a rock
During his cancer treatment, Rishi’s wife, Neetu, stood by him like a rock. “I have learnt to remain calm with my family and fans. I owe it to them; they have given me so much love and sent good wishes. Neetu has been my rock and has shouldered all the responsibilities. So has been my family, who would drop in to give me the strength to battle my illness,” the actor had said.
He would like to be remembered with a smile, family says in statement
Rishi’s family put out an emotional statement, urging fans to respect lockdown laws and remember the actor not with tears, but with a smile. Read the full statement here.
Rishi and Irrfan worked together in D-Day
Rishi’s death came a day after the demise of fellow screen icon, actor Irrfan Khan. The two had nothing but compliments for each other when they worked on D-Day. “He has worked on cultivating his craft so well and he is one of those stars you never have enough of, even if he is doing the same thing, movie after movie. I think that’s what makes his second innings so spectacular,” Irrfan had said.
Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar lead Bollywood in paying tribute
Everyone from PM Narendra Modi to actors Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and others paid tribute to the ‘legend’. See their messages here.
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.
See his rare pictures with family
Rishi’s wife, Neetu, thoroughly documented his final months, and posted frequently on social media. See his family pictures here.
Rishi Kapoor dies at 67
Rishi breathed his last at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. His wife and actor Neetu Kapoor was by his side. “Yes, he is no more,” Rishi’s elder brother Randhir Kapoor told Hindustan Times.
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