BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Actress Rituparna Sengupta is at a loss of words. “We couldn’t recover from the fact that an actor like Irrfan Khan is no more and now, the country woke up to the death news of veteran actor Rishi Kapoor. We are going through a terrible time. I don’t know what is God trying to do? Everything seems puzzled now,” says the actress, who is presently with her family in Singapore.
However, a big fan of the Bobby actor, Rituparna says that Rishi is one of the biggest entertainers of the Indian film industry. “And he has been a part of our childhood. The biggest asset of Rishi Kapoor is his smile, personality and his screen presence. From his very first role, he has made his mark. But I have been fortunate enough to have shared some personal relationship with him too,” said the Parcel actress.
When Rituparna stepped into Bollywood for the first time with the film Teesra Kaun in 1994 which also starred actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Chunky Pandey, Amol Palekar, Somy Ali, Satish Shah and Rakesh Bedi, Rishi played an important part in it. No, Rishi wasn’t acting in the film. “At the inaugural party of the film, Rishi gave the clapstick and wished us luck. Then, his film Kapoor & Sons was screened at Melbourne Film Festival where I was also there with my film Rajkahini. We spent a lot of time together in the evening. He was extremely jovial. My husband and I went to their Mumbai residence, too, and whenever we met him, he was always cheerful,” said Rituparna.
For Rituparna, Rishi was relevant till the last film. “He has done films like Rajma Chawal and Do Dooni Chaar, which are extremely relevant. Look at the film like 102 Not Out… he kept on experimenting and inspiring. And he even stood out in the villainous roles,” said Rituparna, who is a fan of Sagar Kinare song with Dimple Kapadia.
Feeling helpless.A legend is no more. My first Bollywood film Teesra Kaun’s clapstick was given by Rishiji.The evergreen entertainer of Indian cinema.Brilliant Actor and finest dancer.May his soul rest in peace. My hearfelt condolences to Neetuji and to the entire Kapoor family. pic.twitter.com/moSrCtgDMN
— Rituparna Sengupta (@RituparnaSpeaks) April 30, 2020