Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor died in Mumbai on April 30, Amitabh Bachchan informed in a post on Twitter. He was 67. Tributes poured in for the actor from several quarters as celebrities including Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu and Reema Kagti bid a fond farewell to Rishi Kapoor on social media.
His death was confirmed by his brother Randhir Kapoor who told Indian news agency PTI, “He is no more. He has passed away.”
Bollywood celebrities and Politicians paid tribute to the veteran actor Rishi Kapoor on social media.
Aamir Khan tweeted, “We have lost one of the greats today. An amazing actor, a wonderful human being, and 100% a child of Cinema. Thank you for all the joy you brought to our lives. Thank you for being the actor and human being that you were. You will be badly missed Rishiji.”
Akshay Kumar tweeted, “It seems like we’re in the midst of a nightmare…just heard the depressing news of #RishiKapoor ji passing away, it’s heartbreaking. He was a legend, a great co-star and a good friend of the family. My thoughts and prayers with his family.”
Priyanka Chopra shared an endearing image with Rishi and his wife Neetu Kapoor, and said, “My heart is so heavy. This is the end of an era. #rishisir your candid heart and immeasurable talent will never be encountered again. Such a privilege to have known you even a little bit. My condolences to Neetu maam, Ridhima, Ranbir and the rest of the family. Rest in peace Sir.”
Amitabh Bachchan, who has worked with Rishi Kapoor in the films Kabhi Kabhie, Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb and 102 Not Out, shared the news of his close friend and colleague’s death on social media first. “He’s GONE! Rishi Kapoorgonejust passed awayI am destroyed,” Big B tweeted.
Taapsee Pannu, who worked with Rishi Kapoor in Mulk, tweeted, “Been trying to write something n I can’t put my mind n hands in sync. More like the heart in between is just not able to comprehend this. That laugh, that sense of humour, the honesty and even the bully he was, will be missed. No one like you.”
Madhuri Dixit Nene Twitted “I’ve had the honour of working with Rishi ji. A larger than life person, so outspoken yet so warm. We have lost a brilliant actor today. Still can’t believe it.. absolutely heartbroken. My prayers are with the family during this tough time.”
Other celebrities including Ajay Devgn, John Abraham and Reema Kagti, also posted tributes.
The death of one of India’s most celebrated actors has left the world shocked. Politicians are mourning the death of Rishi Kapoor.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his condolence to Rishi Kapoor’s family and friends. “Multifaceted, endearing and lively…this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent. I will always recall our interactions, even on social media. He was passionate about films and India’s progress. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also joined in with the political fraternity to condole the death of Rishi Kapoor. “Saddened by the sudden demise of #RishiKapoor who left a profound imprint on Bollywood by his versatile acting. Have grown up watching many of his films since my student days. A great loss to the world of creativity. My sincere condolences! ॐ शान्ति!!,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi has expressed his sorrow over the death of the actor and called this ‘terrible week for Indian cinema’. “This is a terrible week for Indian cinema, with the passing of another legend, actor Rishi Kapoor. A wonderful actor, with a huge fan following across generations, he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends & fans all over the world, at this time of grief,” he tweeted.
Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa, in his tweet, expressed his feeling of shock at the demise of Rishi Kapoor. “Shocked by the passing of another legend, and veteran actor, Rishi Kapoor. His way of mesmerising us with his stellar performances will be remembered and missed. Prayers to his family and loved ones. RIP,” Yediyurappa tweeted.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his condolence to the Kapoor family. In his tweet Kejriwal sai, “Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of actor Rishi Kapoor. He entertained several generations of Indians throughout his career. What a terrible loss.. My condolences to the grieving family. May God bless his soul.”
Minister of State for Youth Affair and Sports, Kiren Rijiju tweeted a clip from ‘Doosra Admi’, an old film by Rishi Kapoor and said, “We grew up watching his films and love his acting. It’s heartbreaking to hear that Rishi Kapoor is no more! It’s irreplaceable loss for the world of cinema. He was truly a legend who will live on in our memory forever. My deepest condolences & pray for strength to his family”
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar said that Indian film industry has lost a versatile and charismatic actor. “Saddened to know about the sad demise of veteren actor Rishi Kapoor. Indian film industry has lost a versatile and charismatic actor. My sincere condolences to Kapoor family,” Pawar tweeted.
Actor turned politician Kiron Kher tweeted, “#RishiKapoor is no more. Heartbreaking. I would like to celebrate his life. Larger than life, outspoken & cheerful right to the end. Great actor, good friend. So many memories of you flow through my mind. You lived a full life. Well played Sir. Condolences to the family. #RIPSir”
After decades as a leading man, Kapoor switched to supporting roles in the 2000s and featured in films such as Fanaa, Love Aaj Kal and Namastey London. Even in his later years, he was quite active and recently starred with Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan in 102 Not Out, with both actors reuniting after almost three decades. Kapoor’s upcoming projects included the Bollywood remake of The Intern which was supposed to begin production this year co-starring actress Deepika Padukone.