We are fortunate to see the magic of cinema spelled by Rishi Kapoor who set the silver screen on fire with his impeccable acting skills right from Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker (1970) till the Spanish thriller remake, The Body (2019). Last heard from the news that the jovial actor entertained the doctors and the nurses till the time of death as he wanted to be remembered as someone who brings smile on a face. Let us reminisce the filmography of the extremely talented actor in his career which spanned for 50 years.
Hailing from a family of films, Rishi Kapoor already had high expectations from Kapoor khandaan and especially from his father Raj Kapoor and grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor. Though Rishi Kapoor always had an advantage of being a star kid but at the same time he had to deal with pressure of matching up to his family’s acting caliber. Rishi Kapoor started off his journey into the film world with Mera Naam Joker for which he received the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 1970, directed by Raj Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor debuted as a lead actor with 1973 film Bobby, opposite Dimple Kapadia. The romance drama became one of biggest hit of the decade, turning Rishi Kapoor into a star overnight.
Rishi Kapoor tasted the first success of his life playing prominent roles from 1973-2000 in films like Karz, Prem Rog, Nagina, Honeymoon, Chandni, Heena , Bol Radha Bol, Khel Khel Mein, Kabhi Kabhi, Hum Kisise Kum Naheen, Badalte Rishtey, Aap Ke Deewane, Saagar,Ajooba, Chandni, Deewana , Damini , Gurudev and Daraar.
Though Rishi Kapoor tried his hand in direction with a film, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, starring Rajesh Khanna, Aishwarya Rai and Akshaye Khanna in the lead roles, the film could not do well at the box office when it was released in 1999. 2000 started off well when Rishi Kapoor begin his second innings as a supporting actor in films like Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Hum Tum (2004), Fanaa (2006), Namastey London (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Patiala House (2010).
Rishi Kapoor saw big turn around when he started experimenting with different genre of cinema. He re-united with his wife, Neetu Kapoor in the Habib Faisal directed Do Dooni Chaar (2010) where he played a middle-class school teacher who dreams of buying a car one day. Rishi Kapoor was appreciated for adding natural charisma to the character of a school while Do Dooni Chaar went on to win a National Award for Best Feature Film.
I will always cherish Rishi Kapoor as an actor who reinvented himself with various roles be it Rauf Lala in Agneepath, Tauji in Shudh Desi Romance, Santosh Duggal in Do Dooni Chaar or Amarjeet Kapoor in Kapoor & Sons.
Thanking you for entertaining us :-
From one of your ardent fan.