Bollywood Legend Rishi Kapoor Dies At 67

The actor was suffering from cancer since 2018.

Bollywood Legend Rishi Kapoor Dies At 67

Indian film actor Rishi Kapoor passed away at 67 of cancer on Thursday, April 30. The romantic hero was rushed to Mumbai’s Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital on Wednesday night and as per reports, was admitted due to breathing issues.

The news of his demise was confirmed by his brother and actor Randhir Kapoor.

The official statement confirming the news mentioned that "the doctors and medical staff at the hospital said [Rishi] kept them entertained to the last." 

The veteran actor was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018 and was getting treatment in New York for a year. He had only returned to India last September.

Famous for his romantic roles in the Indian cinema, the actor belonged to the Kapoor acting dynasty which has long dominated the Indian film industry.

Upon the news of his demise, superstars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshay Kumar, among many others from the Bollywood fraternity, turned to social media to remember the 67-year-old actor.

Rishi had contributed to the Indian cinema as actor, director and producer for over 50 years. He was first seen on the silver screen in his father Raj Kapoor’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker. He received the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his debut role in the movie.

He is best known for his first lead role in hit movie Bobby, in which he starred opposite actor Dimple Kapadia. Since then he worked in 51 films as the solo lead, namely Laila Majnu, Prem Rog and Sangam.

The actor married actress Neetu Kapoor in 1980, who he was paired against in more than twelve movies. His son Ranbir Kapoor is also a Bollywood superstar.  

In 2018, the Kapoor & Sons actor published his tell-all autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored.

Rishi was the most active actor of his time and was last seen in director Jeethu Joseph’s The Body, alongside actors Emraan Hashmi and Sobhita Dhulipala.

The Bollywood actor is survived by his wife Neetu Singh and children Ranbir and Ridhima.