Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna on April 30th, 2020 mourned the demise of veteran actor Rishi Kapoor and said that he grew up watching the versatile performances of the actor.
Krishna said that Kapoor’s “spontaneity, magnetic presence, incredible skills and boundless charisma in romantic roles” awed the movie buffs like no other.
“We grew up watching Rishi Kapoor, an actor we admired for his spontaneity, magnetic presence, incredible skills and boundless charisma in romantic roles,” Krishna wrote on the micro-blogging site.
He added, “Rest in Peace Rishi Kapoor for inspiring and entertaining us! Will miss your presence forever.”
Kapoor died at the H N Reliance Hospital in Mumbai at the age of 67 on April 30th, 2020.
He returned to India last September after undergoing treatment for cancer in the US for almost a year. The actor was hospitalized twice in February 2020 due to his health issues.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he is heartbroken upon receiving the news of the demise of the actor.
“His charming face always brought smiles to all. An actor who carried his family’s legacy of perfection so well! You films shall continue to delight many for many more years to come. #RIPRishiKapoor,” Sarma wrote on Twitter.
Kapoor received the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in his fathers Raj Kapoor’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker (1970).
He 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.
Morning the demise of Kapoor, Assam Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta said the actor’s legacy will always be remembered.
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. Kapoor appeared opposite his wife Neetu Singh in twelve films from 1973 and 1981.