Rishi Kapoor is one of those names of Bollywood without whom we can not imagine Indian commercial movies. It almost looks unreal that he is not amongst us any more. He was fighting cancer since long and it is unbelievable how we lost Rishi Kapoor to cancer last night at 67 when another legendary actor Irrfan Khan also lost his life to cancer just a day back at 54. Rishi Kapoor is third son of Raj Kapoor and started his filmy career playing a child artist in his father’s movie ‘Mera Naam Joker.’ But ‘Bobby’ was the movie when Rishi Kapoor arrived in hindi movies. He played the lead opposite to Dimple Kapadia. This post is our tribute to his legendary contribution to Indian Cinema where we would feature ten best movies of Rishi Kapoor in his lifetime.
Bobby was the movie when Rishi Kapoor truly arrived. It was almost a debut movie for him where he played an adult male lead i. e. hero of the movie. Raj, the son of strict, wealthy parents, falls in love with Bobby, the daughter of a poor Christian fisherman — a romance his parents oppose. The story plot was a rebellious of its time. There was comedy,music and romance along with the magnanimous presence of Prem and Pran nath. Perhaps nothing could have ever gone wrong with this movie which was also the debut movie of DImple Kapadia. ‘Hum tum ek kamre mein band ho aur chabi kho jaye’ is an iconic song of Bollywood.
Amar, Akbar and Anthony (1977)
With an IMDB rating of 7.5 Amar, Akbar and Anthony stands tall and proud amongst the list of Rishi Kapoor best movies. This movie is also one of the most successful movies of director Manmohan Desai who was successful in casting the superhit stars of their time Amitabh bachchan, Vinod Khanna along with Rishi Kapoor. Three brothers are separated and united after many years – one is brought up a Hindu, another a Muslim and the last a Christian. Hilarity and adventure ensues. It was a perfect cocktail of action comedy and an ensured a blockbuster hit. It was at a time when multi starrer movies were herculean task to do.
Hum kisi se kam nahi (1977)
Hum kisi se kam nahi released in 1977 only to be emerged as cult movie amongst youth. Millennials today can easily compare it with student of the year or kuch kuch hota hai type youth oriented movies. A businessman, an underachiever, an heiress, her mobster father, his gang, his assistant and his father, and others hunt for a leather belt carrier containing a cache of diamonds which unintentionally passes from person to person without anyone’s knowledge of its contents. It was an entertaining plot.
This reincarnation based thriller movie was one of the highest grossing movie of year 1978 and one of the most successful movies of Subhash Ghai. In superhit movie Karz, Rishi Kapoor played the role of a rock star named Monty, who was the reincarnation of a man named Ravi Verma (played by Raj Kiran), while Simi Garewal portrayed the role of a murderous wife named Kaamini Verma. Besides Rishi Kapoor and Simi Grewal, Karz also featured Tina Munim, Pran and Premanath in pivotal roles.
It is perhaps one of the best triangular hindi movies ever made in Bollywood . Starring Dimple Kapadia, Kamal Haasan and Rishi Kapoor, it was directed by Ramesh sippy. It was very well made, superbly directed and acted film.One of the best musical scores of the career of R D Burman, the songs of the album are the highpoint of the film.” Written by Javed Akhtar and sung by Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam songs like “Saagar Kinare” “Sach Mere Yaar Hai” “Chehra Hai Ya Chand Khila Hai” (Saagar Jaisi Aankhonwali) “Jaane Do Naa” “Yunhi Gate Raho” “O Maria are still crowd favourite. A blockbuster movie which set the trends of love triangle bollywood movies and also established the boy next door charm of actor Rishi Kapoor.
Prem Rog (1982)
Prem Rog was an unconventional movie in Rishi Kapoor’s filmy career. He did not play a romantic,boy next door in love boy rather a progressive man who was ahead of his time. This movie is also special because it was directed by Raj Kapoor. It requires an immense amount of intellect to appreciate the undertones. Socialism, culture, love, abuse, feminism and self respect embroiled into one stunning movie. It swept the floor at the National Awards, with a powerhouse performance from Padmini, but equally great performance from Rishi Kapoor. Film was also a superhit.
One of the finest fantasy movie of Indian Cinema where Sridevi played a icchadhari Nagin where the Rishi kapoor played her spouse. If we compare it with today’s standard Nagina is a perfect binge watch. Mai tera dushman, dushman tu mera sung by lata Mangeshkar is still capable of leaving you captivated. The success of the film proved to be a major watershed moment in Indian Cinema, as the film, despite being a woman-centric movie became a massive commercial success. A sequel to the film was released; Nigahen: Nagina Part II (1989), which made the former the first Indian movie ever to have a sequel, although the sequel failed commercially.
Fate leaves Chandni shattered as her love Rohit disappears from her life. She meets Lalit and they befriend each other until Rohit knocks on her door. No one can forget the bubbly chemistry between Sridevi and Rishi kapoor and the song mere hatho me nau nau chudiyan hai. The effervescence and perseverance of their performance reflects in every frame of the movie.Today both the stars must be reliving their wonderful blockbusters together in heaven.
Kapoor & Sons (2016)
A dharma production comedy drama movie directed by Shaun Batra is among one of the most memorable character of Rishi Kapoor where he plays a progressive big hearted grand father of two young men in a dysfunctional family. The story builds around his health played excellently by Rishi Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor perfect chemistry and repo with young guns of Bollywood was commendable.
D day (2013)
D day gets a special mention because this was the only movie in which he worked with Irrfan Khan and who would have ever knew that somehow both the legendary actors would leave this planet almost together,only to meet again in afterlife cherishing the legacy they have left behind.
At the end we remember when Rishi Kapoor said ”
“I am Prithviraj Kapoor’s grandson. Raj Kapoor’s son. I am Neetu Kapoor’s husband. Riddhima and Ranbir Kapoor’s father. I am Rishi Kapoor. I was born lucky and stayed lucky.”
RIP Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. Thank you for making us smile.