By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
Goodbyes are the hardest and when a loved one leaves us forever, it gives us an unsettling feeling. It is said that with time, our coping mechanisms help us get our life back on track, but time doesn’t heal the pain and instead makes it bearable. The sombre days and gloomy nights, there’s no timeline for grief as we all do it at our own pace. So, it’s high time that trolls must stop grief-shaming celebrities over mourning the loss of their loved ones. Be it Janhvi Kapoor celebrating her birthday a few days after her mother, Sridevi’s death, Sonam Kapoor getting married two months after her aunt, Sridevi’s demise or Nysa Devgan going to parlour the next day after her paternal grandfather passed away, the trolls need to stop shaming celebrities and decide on their behalf how to deal with the loss of a dear one. (Also Read: Sanjay Dutt Remembers Mother, Nargis Dutt On Her 39th Death Anniversary, Pens An Emotional Note)
Raj Kapoor and Krishna Raj Kapoor’s son, Rishi Kapoor had taken his last breath on April 30, 2020. Rishi Kapoor was admitted to the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre and a day later, he had left for the heavenly abode. Neetu Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor were there by his side, but Rishi Kapoor’s daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni wasn’t able to meet her father for the last time as she was in Delhi. Randhir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan were the first ones to reach the hospital as soon as they had heard the news.
Two days after her uncle, Rishi Kapoor’s demise, on May 2, 2020, Kareena Kapoor Khan had posted a picture of Saif Ali Khan and Taimur Ali Khan on her Instagram handle. Saif had turned a hairstylist for Taimur and Kareena had captioned the picture as “Haircut anyone?” But this picture didn’t go well with some netizens and they targeted her with meanest comments on social media. Some of the comments can be read as “Your family had such a big loss just a few days ago. How can u joke even?” and “aren’t u supposed to be mourning? Should’ve respect that by not posting anything on ur ig as if nothing happened.” Reading such comments, we feel that the judgemental trolls must end now and netizens need to learn to live and let live.
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. Then, Bebo had treated her fans with a rare picture of Rishi Kapoor with her father-in-law, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and had captioned it, “Two tigers” followed by a heart emoji. Soha Ali Khan had also posted the same picture and had written, "Somewhere over the rainbow." (Also Read: Irrfan Khan's Son, Ayaan Khan Shares Old Pictures Of His Late Father With A Heartmelting Note)
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 also penned a eulogy stating how her relationship had formed with the late veteran actor from being 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!"
The Kapoors had hosted a prayer meet for Rishi Kapoor at their residence and a picture of the same had gone viral on social media with Neetu Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor sitting next to Rishi ji’s picture. As per a SpotboyE report, a source had informed, “There were not many people, Only five-six family members." Later, Neetu Kapoor, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Ayan Mukerji had immersed the ashes of Rishi Kapoor in Banganga as they were denied permission to go to Haridwar. While speaking to PTI, Randhir Kapoor said, “We did a prayer meet yesterday. Today we immersed his ashes in Banganga as we haven't received permission from the authorities to go to Haridwar.”
In an emotional farewell post, Neetu Kapoor had posted a picture of Rishi Kapoor with a drink in his hand and a bright smile on his face. Her caption had made us teary-eyed. She had written, "End of our story." Neetu Kapoor had also posted a family statement on her Instagram handle, revealing how Rishi Kapoor had remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents, with a folding hand emoji as the caption. (Also Read: Karisma Kapoor Shares A Throwback Picture Of Rishi Kapoor From Randhir Kapoor's Birthday Celebration)
All we can say is netizens shouldn’t use the platform to demean someone and let the celebrities post what they want without being judged!