Late actor Rishi Kapoor’s daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni on Thursday got the permission to travel from Delhi to Mumbai for her father’s last rites.
Rishi Kapoor breathed his last on Thursday morning after a two-year-long battle with cancer.
Riddhima, who is based in Delhi, will travel 1,400 kms to Mumbai by road since the nation is under a lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. She sought a movement pass from South-East Delhi DCP to be able to attend her father’s last rites. The permission was granted at 10:30 am today, as per reports.
Riddhima Kapoor posted a moving farewell on Instagram: “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.”
Earlier today, an official statement released by Rishi Kapoor’s family read, “Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8.45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff said he kept them entertained to the last.
“He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him.
“He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears.
“In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force.
“He would not have it any other way.”
Rishi Kapoor will be cremated at the Chandanwadi Crematorium, Marine Lines, in Mumbai, as confirmed to the media by brother Randhir Kapoor.
Kapoor’s death only adds to the grief as Bollywood lost another one of its versatile actors- Irrfan Khan- just yesterday, who passed away at 53.