Mumbai: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor died in a Mumbai hospital Thursday morning, PTI quoted his elder brother Randhir Kapoor as saying. The 67-year-old was not keeping well and was admitted to HN Reliance hospital Wednesday morning.
Kapoor had been suffering from cancer.
Actor Rishi Kapoor dies in Mumbai hospital, says brother Randhir Kapoor
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) April 30, 2020
Earlier on Thursday, actor Amitabh Bachchan posted a tweet sharing the news of Kapoor’s death.
“He’s GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed !” Bachchan tweeted.
T 3517 – He’s GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away ..
I am destroyed !
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 30, 2020
PTI reported Wednesday that Kapoor’s family had taken him to hospital after he complained of breathing problem.
“He is in the hospital. He is suffering from cancer and he has some breathing problem, so he has been admitted to the hospital. He is stable now,” PTI had quoted Randhir as saying.
The actor returned to India in September last year after undergoing treatment for cancer in the US for almost a year.
He was hospitalised twice in February this year due to health issues.
Kapoor was first admitted to a hospital in Delhi where he was attending a family function. At the time, Kapoor had said that he was suffering from an “infection”.
After his return to Mumbai, he was again admitted to a hospital with viral fever. He was discharged soon after.
Kapoor, who used to be active on social media, hadn’t posted anything on his Twitter account since 2 April.
His last post was an appeal to the people of India to not resort to violence against essential service providers such as doctors and policemen during the Covid-19 pandemic. “We have to win this Coronavirus war together,” he tweeted on 2 April.
An appeal 🙏 to all brothers and sisters from all social status and faiths. Please don’t resort to violence,stone throwing or lynching. Doctors,Nurses,Medics, Policemen etc..are endangering their lives to save you. We have to win this Coronavirus war together. Please. Jai Hind!🇮🇳
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 2, 2020
Born to Raj and Krishna Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor made his debut as a child actor in his father’s Mera Naam Joker (1970) and as an adult, opposite Dimple Kapadia in the 1973 smash hit Bobby. He gained a fan following as a chocolate-boy heartthrob even though many of his films weren’t successful.
In the new millennium, Kapoor moved on to playing different kinds of roles, including ‘senior’ roles and interesting characters, such as in Do Dooni Chaar (2010), Kapoor & Sons (2016) and Mulk (2018). He had only recently announced his next film, a remake of the Hollywood film, The Intern, with Deepika Padukone.
He is survived by wife Neetu Kapoor, son Ranbir and daughter Riddhima Kapoor.
Watch Shekhar Gupta in conversation with Rishi Kapoor at The Print OTC