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‘He must have gone with a gentle smile’: Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to Rishi Kapoor

In a heartfelt blog post Thursday, Amitabh Bachchan recalls his first meeting with Rishi Kapoor and regrets not visiting him in hospital.

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New Delhi: Actor Amitabh Bachchan penned a heartfelt blog post in memory of late veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who passed away Thursday morning after battling leukaemia for two years.

In the post, Bachchan reminisced about the day he first met Kapoor at his father, iconic actor Raj Kapoor’s residence. “I had seen him at his home Deonar Cottage, Chembur, a young energetic, bubbly, mischief in his eyes Chintu, on those rare moments when I was privileged to have been invited to an evening at Raj ji’s house.”

He added that Rishi Kapoor’s walk resembled his grandfather Prithvi Raj Kapoor, another legendary actor. “He had a walk that was confident and determined .. a stride and style that was similar to that of his grandfather, the legendary Prithvi Raj ji ..  a walk I had noticed in one of his earlier films .. that walk .. I never found it in any other.’’

Bachchan was one of the first people to announce the late actor’s death with a tweet Thursday, where he said that he was “destroyed” by the news of Kapoor’s passing. He deleted the tweet later.

He also talked about Kapoor’s humorous nature and said that the latter could make any formal event a fun experience.


Also read: Bobby, Karz, Mulk and more — Rishi Kapoor’s 10 best movies, from 1973 to 2018


‘Never visited him in hospital’

In the post, Bachchan expressed regret at never visiting Kapoor in the hospital because he didn’t want to see distress on his smiling face. “During his time of diagnosis and his treatment he never ever lamented his condition .. it was always .. ‘see you soon , just a routine visit to the Hospital .. I’ll be back shortly”, he wrote.

“But I am certain .. when he went, he must have gone with a gentle smile”, Bachchan concluded.

The two actors last shared screen in the 2018 film 102 Not Out where Bachchan played the role of Kapoor’s father. The duo was seen in many hit films including Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Coolie (1983) and Naseeb (1981).

Bachchan’s daughter Shweta Bachchan is also married to Kapoor’s nephew Nikhil Nanda. During the last rites of the late actor Thursday, Abhishek Bachchan was seen with the Kapoor family.


Also read: Loverboy, brat, troubled star, outspoken patriarch — Rishi Kapoor was all of these and more


 

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