Rishi Kapoor: He was a total natural, who gave us great joy

Posted on April 30, 2020

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People seemed surprised when they saw Rishi in films like ‘Mulk’ and ‘Aurangzeb’. But even when “Bollywood” was just called “Hindi cinema”, there were plenty of serious roles, and seriously worthy performances.

Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passes away at 67. I’m sorry, but I refuse to believe this headline. I want it gone. Every single part of this headline makes me want to build a time-travel machine and go back to yesterday. No, that was a horrible day, too. The day before, then. Aaargh!

I hate the “passes away” part of the headline. I hate that he was just “67”. I hate that the headline calls him an “actor”, when he was also a star, one of the biggest of his time, one of the few who thrived despite the Amitabh Bachchan onslaught. I hate that the headline associates him with “Bollywood”. No! No! No! He was part of Hindi cinema before Hindi cinema became global, became branded, became “cool” and began to call itself “Bawl-y-wood”. I hate that the headline begins with the word “veteran”. If Rishi Kapoor is a veteran — sorry, was a veteran; we now have to begin thinking about him in the past tense — what does that make us seventies-borns, who waited for Chitrahaar so we could see him and Neetu bounce about like bunnies fitted out with springs?

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