By Pradyu M
A big void has been created with the demise of the ” Loverboy of the Indian film industry ” and legend actor Rishi Kapoor. This stunning, handsome, gentleman, happy-go-lucky hero of the Indian screen with his dashing romantic screen presence and stylish looks created a niche of his own that will remain immortal in the hearts of film buffs. It is like Rishi was born for cinema as actor Aamir Khan says “Hundred per cent a child of cinema”.
Rishi came, he saw and he conquered not only the world of cinema but the hearts of millions and millions of fans around the globe. Just like the lines of the popular song – pyaar hua ikraar hua – through which his famous father Raj Kapoor introduced him (in a scene of the song) to the tinsel world, the born actor loved cinema, loved the world, loved everybody and leaving his beautiful bewitching smile in the hearts of all he has left for the heavenly abode.
Rishi Kapoor who began his career with roles in his father Raj Kapoor’s films played the role of the younger Raj Kapoor in his legendary father’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker, which won him the National Award for Best Child Artist for his splendid performance. The young boy’s screen presence was so mesmerising that the cinema world and cine buffs started noting him who three years later, made his debut as a leading man in Bobby. One of the biggest hits in world cinema “Bobby” gave birth to a new star who became one of the greatest actors in the Indian film industry. Rishi Kapoor became the top romantic hero of his era with films such as Khel Khel Mein, Rafoo Chakkar, Karz, Hum Kisise Kam Nahin and the list goes on and on.
Rishi with his superb acting prowess stood tall along with superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Vinodh Khanna, Jeetendra and Dharmendra during the 1970s, 80s and the early 90s. The Amitabh-Rishi duo came out with some of the greatest hits in Hindi filmdom – Kabhi Kabhie, Amar Akbar Antony, Coolie, Naseeb, Ajooba and 102 Not out. The duo could spell-bound the audience with chemistry and charisma of their own.
Rishi’s stunning performance in Premrog, Chandini, Nagina, Saagar, Deewana and many other films beautifully exposes his mettle as an actor par excellence. Be it the lover boy’s role, the star singer and dancer, loving husband, naughty brother and as a villain, Rishi did everything with elan. The main reason for him becoming a legend is that he put his heart, soul and warmth in whatever he did. He lived and loved life. Rishi will remain evergreen in the hearts of millions of his fans.