Rishi Kapoor’s stellar filmography cannot be defined by a handful of films. Although widely popular as a hero love and chocolatier in his heyday, the late actor would go on to carve out a niche for himself as one of Bollywood’s most versatile actors over a five-decade career.
On his first death anniversary, we try to pick a few films that would highlight his stature as an actor in many ways. Here is a list of movies you could binge on, to remember the much loved Rishi Kapoor, who passed away at 67 after battling cancer.
MERA NAAM JOKER
Rishi Kapoor received the National Award for Best Child Actor for his role in the film Raj Kapoor. He tried the childhood of the protagonist Raju. The tearjerker melodrama was about Raju the joker, who must make people laugh, regardless of his own troubles and suffering. The film also featured Simi Garewal, Kseniya Ryabinkina and Padmini.
The superhit Raj Kapoor marked Rishi’s entry into Bollywood as a romantic hero in 1973, and also sparked the trend of teenybopper romance in Hindi films. The pair of Rishi and Dimple Kapadia has become a rage among young audiences and is still considered one of the biggest romantic pairs on the Bollywood screen. The movie about a rich boy in love with a fisherman’s daughter had superhit music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY
His role as qawwal Akbar Illahabadi remains popular to this day. Manmohan Desai’s multistarrer had Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, and Rishi Kapoor playing three brothers who were separated as children and grew up in three different faith backgrounds. The 1977 superhit showed that Kapoor can defend himself in a movie with many stars.
DO DOONI CHAAR
The delightful city comedy reunited Rishi and Neetu Kapoor after years as a middle-class couple in Delhi, parents of two teenage boys. Kapoor thrilled to be the guy next door as the 2010 film Habib Faisal created humor out of everyday situations that a middle-class middle-class family faces, highlighted by the ‘ “ challenge ” they face when buying a new car.
The 2012 film directed by Karan Malhotra was a remake of the original 1990 film of the same name, but Rishi Kapoor’s character Rauf Lala was written as an original. “Agneepath” remains special in Kapoor’s filmography because contradicting his image of well-being, it portrayed Rauf Lala as a cold, cruel and calculating criminal, but deeply concerned about his family and loved ones.
Nikhil Advani’s 2013 action thriller saw Rishi Kapoor excel as an absolute antagonist, like Iqbal Seth Aka Goldman, a character believed to be based on Dawood Ibrahim. The film tells the story of an elite Indian team who must infiltrate Pakistan and bring back the most wanted man. The film also starred Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi, and Shruti Haasan.
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