"There was a misconception that the film (Bobby) was made to launch me as an actor. The film was actually made to pay the debts of Mera Naam Joker. Dad wanted to make a teenage love story and he did not have money to cast Rajesh Khanna in the film” – Rishi Kapoor
The above statement speaks volumes about this great actor and an icon who won hearts through his handsome looks and charming smile. Bobby for me was a film that initiated me into Hindi Films. I went on to follow Rishi Kapoor through his films. While his contemporaries like Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bacchan, Vinod Kumar were making it big in Hindi Film Industry, Rishi Kapoor silently spread his love across masses.
I followed this great star through his films Rafoo Chakkar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Khel Khel mein and Hum Kisi se kam naheen, Kabhi Kabhi, Doosra Aadmi, Karz and many other movies. His presence in screen was magnetic and so was his way of dressing. I was so inspired by his style and demeanour that many of his movies remain etched as tender memories in my mind.
Beyond the year 2000 Rishi Kapoor acted in many films that included Yeh Hei Jalwa, Hum Tum, Fanaa, Namastey London, Love Aaj Kal, Patiala House etc. He also acted in British Films such as Don’t stop dreaming, Sambar Salsa etc. In 2010 he was onscreen with his wife Neetu Singh in the Film Do Dooni Char. He also acted in Chintuji, Agneepath, Jab Tak hei jaan etc. A mystery thriller written and directed by Jeethu Joseph, The Body released in December, 2019 was the last film of this Iconic actor.
As reported in some section of social media, Rishi Kapoor was perhaps the only celebrity from Indian Film Industry to call out for opening of Liquor vends during the lockdown in support of tipplers who faced psychological problems and withdrawal symptoms. This reflects his thought process during his last days on Earth. Having empathy for others and a soft corner for masses and his fans would be reminders of this great personality.
May his noble soul rest in peace.
1970 – Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards: Special Award, and National Film Award for Mera Naam Joker.
1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Bobby
2008 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
2009 – Honoured by Russian Government for contribution to cinema.
2010 – Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Love Aaj Kal.
2011 – Zee Cine Awards: Best Lifetime Jodi along with Neetu Singh.
2011 – Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for Do Dooni Chaar
2013 – The Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA), Best Actor in a Negative Role for Agneepath.
2016 – Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
2017 – Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for Kapoor & Sons
2017 – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Kapoor & Sons
2017 – Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male for Kapoor & Sons
2017 – Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Kapoor & Sons