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‘Entertained several generations’: Politicians, leaders condole Rishi Kapoor’s demise

Scores of politicians and diplomats took to Twitter and expressed their grief on the passing away of the great actor.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2020 15:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Kapoor, 67, breathed his last at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on Thursday.
Kapoor, 67, breathed his last at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Bollywood veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai on Thursday after losing his fight with cancer. Kapoor, 67, breathed his last at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. Brother Randhir Kapoor confirmed the news.

Scores of politicians and diplomats took to Twitter and expressed their grief on the passing away of the great actor.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Kapoor “entertained several generations of Indians throughout his career”.

“What a terrible loss.. My condolences to the grieving family. May God bless his soul,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Union minister Smriti Irani recalled her last meeting with the actor. “... and that’s how i’ll remember him. Prodding you to do your best, caring for the little things, teaching you the craft no matter how old you were on the job,” Irani tweeted.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote, “This is a terrible week for Indian cinema, with the passing of another legend, actor Rishi Kapoor. A wonderful actor, with a huge fan following across generations, he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends & fans all over the world, at this time of grief.”

Congress MP and senior leader Shashi Tharoor condoled the sad demise of his “senior schoolmate at Mumbai’s CampionSchool”.

“Rishi Kapoor, whom i competed with in “inter-class dramatics” in 1967-68, has gone to a better world. From the romantic hero of “Bobby”to the mature character actor of his last films, he evolved remarkably. RIP,” Tharoor posted on Twitter. 

“You made a little hut in Gulmarg an iconic place with one song,” former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid her tribute to the actor. She said that Rishi Kapoor endured his illness with dignity and grace.

“Deeply shocked & saddened at the demise of the iconic & versatile film actor #RishiKapoor. A National Film Award winner, he acted in more than than 150 films. He endured his illness with dignity and grace. My condolences to his family, friends, fans & the entire film fraternity.

A message released by Kapoor’s family said, “Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukaemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last”.

National Film Award winner Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. The actor was in New York for more than a year for treatment and returned to India in September 2019. His health had frequently been in focus ever since his diagnosis.

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