NEWS: In just a matter of two days this week, we have two legendary Bollywood actors – Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor – breathe their last. The Indian film industry and the political arena of India reels in shock with an outpouring of grief from all corners of the world.
Take a look at the reactions to the death of Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor.
I am destroyed, says Amitabh Bachchan
Veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who was Rishi Kapoor’s co-star in his most recent film 102 Not Out was one of the first to break the news of Kapoor’s death on Twitter.
“He’s GONE..! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away.. I am destroyed !” wrote Bachchan on Twitter. He later deleted the tweet.
My heart is heavy, writes Priyanka Chopra
“This is the end of an era,” wrote actor Priyanka Chopra on Twitter, sharing a photograph of with Rishi Kapoor and his wife Neetu.
“My heart is so heavy. This is the end of an era. Rishi sir, your candid heart and immeasurable talent will never be encountered again. Such a privilege to have known you even a little bit,” she wrote on Twitter.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Congress party politician Rahul Gandhi tweeted,
India’s president Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday praised the life and times of the veteran Bollywood actor Kapoor, calling his death as shocking and a huge loss for the entertainment industry.
“Rishi Kapoor’s untimely demise is shocking. An evergreen personality with an always smiling face, he was so full of life that it’s difficult to believe that he is no more,” tweeted President Kovind.
Sharing his views on Twitter, PM Narendra Modi doted on Rishi Kapoor’s passion for cinema, and referred to him as a powerhouse of talent.
Delhi CM Kejriwal condoles demise of Rishi Kapoor
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday condoled the demise of veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor.
“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,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi remembered Rishi Kapoor as a wonderful actor, while noting that it has been a terrible week for Indian cinema with the passing away of another legend.
In a tweet, Gandhi said, “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 and fans all over the world, at this time of grief,” he said.
Rishi was always ready with a smile: Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan and Rishi Kapoor notably played fast buddies in Ramesh Sippy’s 1985 film, Saagar. Their bond extended beyond the screen, too. On the demise of Rishi on Thursday, Kamal Haasan obviously “can’t believe it”. He penned an emotional note to bid goodbye Rishi Kapoor, who passed away on Thursday morning in Mumbai aged 67.
“Cant believe it. Chintu ji @chintskap. (Mr.Rishi Kapoor) was always ready with a smile. We had mutual love and respect. Will miss my friend. My heartfelt condolence to the family,” Kamal tweeted.
Rajinikanth, who had acted with Rishi Kapoor in the Hindi flick Dosti Dushmani, described him as a “dearest friend” over his co-star’s demise following his battle with cancer.
“Heartbroken … Rest In Peace … my dearest friend #RishiKapoor,” Rajinikanth said in a tweet.
Kareena spotted at the hospital with Saif Ali Khan
Rishi Kapoor’s niece Kareena and her husband Saif Ali Khan were pictured at the hospital wearing personal protective equipment as Saif drove to the hospital himself. Kareena and sibling Karisma Kapoor are the daughters of Rishi’s older brother Randhir Kapoor.
Alia Bhatt the love-interest of Rishi Kapoor’s son Ranbir, is reported to have been seen at the hospital. Visitors to the hospital have been restricted access due to the lockdown in place; in a statement released after Rishi Kapoor’s death, his family asked fans and well-wishers to respect the rules in place.
After treatment in New York, Rishi Kapoor returned to India in September 2019, returning both to his social life and to Twitter, on which he was active till April 2. Mr Kapoor was hospitalised twice in February. His last films were the 2019 releases The Body and Jhootha Kahin Ka. Rishi Kapoor was to begin work on a Bollywood adaptation of The Intern with Deepika Padukone.
The late actor’s family also includes his daughter Riddhima, Neetu and Ranbir Kapoor.