Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away at 67 on April 30th, 2020. Actor Amitabh Bachchan first tweeted that Kapoor has passed away.
The actor was admitted to H N Reliance hospital by his family on April 29th, 2020. The actor returned to India last September after undergoing treatment for cancer in the US for almost a year.
Kapoor was hospitalized twice in February 2020 due to his health issues.
Union Defence Rajnath Singh said he is deeply anguished by the passing away of the noted film actor.
“He carved a special place in the hearts of his fans with his inimitable style and performances. My thoughts are with his family and fans in this hour of grief. Om Shanti,” Singh said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled the demise of Kapoor and said the actor will be “greatly missed”.
“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,” he wrote on Twitter.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the news of Kapoor’s death has shocked him.
“The sudden demise of actor Rishi Kapoor is shocking. He was not only a great actor but a good human being. Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. Om Shanti,” said Javadekar.
Born on September 4th,1952, Kapoor received the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in his father Raj Kapoor’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker (1970).
Kapoor had his first lead role as an adult opposite Dimple Kapadia in 1973 with the film Bobby and received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1974.
Before his death, he played leading roles as the romantic lead in 92 films between 1973 and 2000, of which 36 were box office hits.
For his performance in Do Dooni Chaar, he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor in 2011, and for his role in Kapoor & Sons, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017. He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
He appeared opposite his future wife Neetu Singh in twelve films from 1973 and 1981.