Rishi Kapoor, who was considered Bollywood’s original ‘Chocolate Boy’ breathed his last on April 30, 2020. Hailing from a family that had dedicated itself to cinema, it was only natural that Rishi Kapoor would carry the baton forward. Son of the legendary Bollywood icon, Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor went on to create his own path in the Hindi film industry.
He was undoubtedly one of the best actors we had in the industry, and 2020 marks his 50 years in Bollywood. Over his long and illustrious career, he has gifted Hindi cinema with some truly memorable roles.
Here’s a sneak peek into Rishi Kapoor’s 14 most iconic roles that will be etched in the hearts of fans forever.
102 Not Out (2018)
A hilarious and heart-warming story about a 102-year-old man, played by Amitabh Bachchan, who likes living cheerfully and wants to break the record of the oldest man alive. Rishi Kapoor played his 76-year-old son who is his exact opposite. He is grumpy and feels too old to enjoy life. Rishi perfectly plays the role where all his excitement in life is lost during his old-age.
This intense court drama saw Rishi Kapoor deliver arguably his best performance. Rishi played Ali Mohammed, a retired lawyer who is forced to come out of retirement to fight his embattled brother’s case. He struck the perfect balance between being theatrical and subtle without leaning too much into either side. His gut-wrenching performance was the heart and soul of the film.
Kapoor & Sons (2016)
Rishi Kapoor reinvented himself, by playing the formidable grandfather in Kapoor and Sons. Rishi Kapoor as the grandfather plays an instrumental role in keeping the dysfunctional family together, as each family members struggles with their own problems and issues. He was widely appreciated for his performance.
Rishi Kapoor plays the role of Goldman, India’s most wanted D-Company leader. Menacing persona, red shades, thick moustache and a fire in his eyes… few could have brought what Rishi did to his part of a man loosely based on Dawood Ibrahim. And when he said, “Trigger kheench … mamla mat kheench … khinch gaya na toh bahut takleef doonga”, you could literally feel the goosebumps.
We finally saw an aspect of Rishi Kapoor’s histrionic ability that we had never seen before in Agneepath. Rishi Kapoor played the ruthless gangster Rauf Lala. The imposing figure in oversized kurta with kohl-lined eyes and a piercing gaze sent shivers down the audience’s spine whenever he appeared on the screen.
Patiala House (2011)
Rishi Kapoor plays Akshay Kumar’s strict father who is initially against his dreams of becoming a cricketer, but eventually realises his mistake and starts supporting his son’s dream.
Do Dooni Chaar (2010)
The film is about a middle-class school teacher played by Rishi Kapoor who tries to keep his wife and children happy in inflationary times and dreams of buying a car. For his performance, he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor in 2011.
The story revolves around Rajni, a naagin who marries a civilian played by Rishi Kapoor to avenge the death of her spouse at the hands of an evil saint. The acting was flawless and natural, but, be prepared to be blown by away by Rajiv’s charming looks in Nagina!
Guitar in hand, a beguiling smile on his lips and charm that no one else could pull off. It was Dimple Kapadia’s Mona that Rishi’s Ravi was wooing, but for scores of swooning women, it felt that he was singing paeans in their praise. Rishi was at his romantic best, but he also showed how well he could shoulder a film even when it was not really about him.
It was one of the most intense roles of Rishi Kapoor’s career. The film saw him depart from his usual chocolate-hero image and deliver a serious performance. The role allowed him to display his wide range as an actor, from his usual jovial and cheerful self to a man seething with rage once he remembers how he was done to death.
Such was the ease with which he slipped into his roles – accompanied almost always by that twinkly charm – that when Rishi’s Raju picked up the dafli, with Jaya Prada’s Hema egging him on with Dafliwaale dafli bajaa, you felt like he had played it all his life. The film marked a departure for Rishi from the easy-going, urban young man he had mostly played in his earlier films and gave us an actor who astonished us with the depth and intensity of his performance.
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
The film told the story of three estranged brothers — you guessed it! Amar, Akbar and Anthony. Even at the risk of being overshadowed by the two towering stars, Rishi Kapoor not only accepted the role of the eccentric yet lovable Akbar Illahabadi, but excelled at it, and how.
Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)
Belonging to a wealthy family, Rajesh’s life is turned upside down when his father passes away. What follow is truckloads of action, drama, romance and yep, another dazzling performance by Kapoor. Hum Kisise Kum Naheen is the ultimate epitome of what you call a typical B-wood flick.
He made his debut alongside Dimple Kapadia in this gripping teenage love story, it became the biggest hit, changing the very cultural fabric of the society. Rishi Kapoor’s impeccable role as Raja in the movie is a true hero of romanticism.
With Rishi Kapoor leaving us, we can clearly say that it’s an end of an era in Bollywood. We will miss you, Chintu Ji.