Remembering ‘Chintoo’: ‘Mera Naam Joker’ to ‘Mulk’; looking back at a journey of transformation

Veteran Bollywood actor, and the original ‘chocolate boy’ of Hindi movies, Rishi Kapoor breathed his last on Thursday morning. He was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation hospital in Mumbai.

As an actor, Rishi was par excellence. Right from his debut in Mera Naam Joker as young Raju, up to 102 Not Out as Babulal Vakharia, Rishi has wowed us with his innocence and his comic timing every time.

We picked his 5 best ones although the list is endless:

Mera Naam Joker (1970)

Rishi was introduced as a young Raj Kapoor who will always be remembered for his contribution to the Indian cinema, made his debut in Bollywood in his father’s movie, ‘Mera Naam Joker’ which was a huge hit.

Bobby, 1973

The film saw Rishi as the leading man opposite debutant Dimple Kapadia. The era had witnessed the rise of its go-to romantic hero.

Amar Akbar Anthony, 1977

Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna in the lead but also was one of the best action comedies of the era.

Directed by Manmohan Desai, and written by Kader Khan, this actioner had an amazing storyline and star cast with Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Neetu Singh, Parveen Babi, Nirupa Roy, Pran, Jeevan, Nazir Hussain, Ranjeet and Helen.

Agneepath, 2012

Watching Rishi Kapoor as the ultimate cruel and dastardly Rauf Lala in this remake starring Hrithik Roshan in the lead was a pleasant surprise.

Kapoor & Sons, 2016

This coming-of-age romantic comedy had an eye candy star cast of Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan and Alia Bhatt in the lead while Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor in pivotal roles.

Rishi Kapoor as the hilarious and naughty granddad who is on the verge of leaving this world yet filled with so much life made it a light watch.

Talking of Nikkhil Advani’s–D-Day released in 2013 boasted a bunch of fine actors–starring Rishi Kapoor as a gangster based in Pakistan, while Irrfan played the role of an undercover Intelligence who successfully captures him and brings him to India.

D-Day is one of the best films is the careers of both Irrfan and Rishi Kapoor. Apart from them, it also included Arjun Rampal, Shruti Haasan, Huma Qureshi and others in key roles.

Bollywood is currently mourning the loss of the two versatile and actors–Khan and Kapoor who passed away on Wednesday and Thursday respectively at a Mumbai hospital. Both the actors were battling with cancer.

Kapoor was last seen in Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk raised important questions about religion and how our society perceives it. Rishi brought the film to life, with Taapsee Pannu beside him.

Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in for Kapoor from his fellow Bollywood actors and politicians on social media.

Amitabh Bachchan who worked in several hit films with Kapoor tweeted: “He’s GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed !”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as “multifaceted, endearing and lively” and “a powerhouse of talent”.

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“I will always recall our interactions, even on social media. He was passionate about films and India’s progress. Anguished by his demise,” he tweeted.

Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi also tweeted about his death: “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.”

Kapoor himself was also prolific on Twitter, frequently commenting on controversial issues and sometimes getting into heated exchanges with people on the social media platform.

His last tweet was an appeal to people not to attack medical staff at the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus saying, “we have to win this war together”.

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