By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
While the nation was still reeling the untimely loss of Irrfan Khan, cinephiles had another shock in store for them. Veteran actor, Rishi Kapoor had taken his last breath on April 30, 2020, after fighting leukaemia for two years. And since yesterday, social media is filled with his memories. While his regaled audience is honouring his memory with cinematic gems that defined his showmanship and magnetic stage presence, his family members are treating us with some priceless gems of Rishi Kapoor. (Also Read: Irrfan Khan's Wife, Sutapa Sikdar Releases An Official Statement, Says, 'He Has Spoiled Me For Life')
Unable to attend the funeral, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor’s daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and her husband, Bharat Sahni had penned heart-wrenching eulogies for him. While Bharat had posted unseen glimpses of their cherished family moments with his father-in-law and had captioned it, “Will never forget the love you gave me. You taught me so much in the little time I had with you. Simply broken today. Lost for words. Love you and will miss you a lot. R.I.P. Papa”, Riddhima had captioned her selfie with her father as “Papa I love you I will always love you - RIP my strongest warrior I will miss you everyday I will miss your FaceTime calls everyday! I wish I could be there to say goodbye to you! Until we meet again papa I love you - your Mushk forever.”
Rishi Kapoor’s nieces, Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan have also posted throwback pictures on their respective Instagram handle in the honour of his memory. In her tribute post, Karisma had shared a throwback picture with Raj Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor adoring her baby version. Karisma had captioned it, “Always looking over family.. chintu uncle will miss discussing food and restaurants with you.. #uncle #legend.” Kareena had posted a throwback childhood picture of Rishi Kapoor with his brother, Randhir Kapoor, followed by a video of the late actor’s Hum Tum scene with Bebo’s husband, Saif Ali Khan, where they had recreated his iconic song, Main Shayar Toh Nahin. A while back, Bebo treated her fans with a rare picture of Rishi Kapoor with her father-in-law, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and captioned it, “Two tigers” followed by a heart emoji. Soha Ali Khan posted the same picture and wrote, "Somewhere over the rainbow."
Neetu Kapoor had posted a family statement on her Instagram handle with a folding hand emoji as the caption. The statement can be read as "Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukaemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last. He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him. He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears. In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force. He would not have it any other way." (Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan Pens A Heartfelt Blog For His Late BFF, Rishi Kapoor, 'It Was Always See You Soon')
In her eulogy, Rishi Kapoor’s son, Ranbir Kapoor’s ladylove, Alia Bhatt, who has been a pillar of strength for the Kapoor clan during this tough phase, had penned how her relationship had formed from her Student Of The Year co-star to a father. Alia had written, "What can I say. About this beautiful man... who brought soo much love and goodness into my life. Today, everyone speaks of the legend that is Rishi Kapoor... and though I have known him like that all my life... for the past two years, I have known him as a friend, a fellow Chinese food lover, a total cinema lover, a fighter, a leader, a beautiful storyteller, an extremely passionate tweeter and a father! In these past two years, the love I have received from him is a warm hug that I will always cherish! I thank the universe for giving me this opportunity to know him... today probably most of us can say he is like family - because that's how he made you feel. Love you, Rishi Uncle! Will miss you forever! Thank you for being you!"
Throwing some light on the cricket legend, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, he had found his sapno ki rani in Bollywood diva, Sharmila Tagore and December 27, 1969, had marked to be the beginning of their ‘happily ever after’. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore’s daughter, actress-turned-author, Soha Ali Khan had shared the rare, rather ‘only’ picture of the Pataudi family with Kareena Kapoor Khan in the frame in her book, The Perils of Being Moderately Famous. In an interview with the Vogue, when Kareena Kapoor Khan was asked what is the one thing she would like to gift her son, Taimur Ali Khan that money can’t buy, her answer had won our hearts. She had said, “A chance to meet his grandfather and great grandfather.” (Also Read: Rishi Kapoor And Irrfan Khan's Date Of Birth Have An Uncanny Connection To The Year 2020, Find Out)
Thank you, Kareena for sharing this precious gem!