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We often look up to books or movies and admire as they take us into a world of its own! And if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed over the years in movies and in the films is the romance. The romance that makes us believe that someone, somewhere is made for us and restores our faith in love and marriages. Speaking of B-town, Rishi Kapoor was the OG chocolate-boy of the industry followed by Shah Rukh Khan, who redefined love and became the ideal romantic hero. But do you know which love story is more romantic than Shah Rukh’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge? It’s the real-life love story of Kabhie Kabhie co-stars, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. (Also Read: Rishi Kapoor's 'First Crush', Simmi Garewal Penned An Emotional Note As She Remembers The Late Actor)
It was on Simi Garewal’s show, Rendezvous with Simi Garewal when Neetu Kapoor had thrown some light on her married life with Rishi Kapoor. She had shared that romance is much more than romantic candlelight dinners and going on dates. For her and her husband, the romance was more about togetherness and nurturing their children together. And that she felt had made her love story with Rishi Kapoor more romantic than Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
It was in the mid-70s, when the Punjabi Kapoor boy and Sikhni girl did Khullam Khulla Pyaar Ka Izhaar, fought against all the odds and had finally embarked on their journey of love, Jab Tak Hai Jaan in 1980. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor made us believe in holding on to love, even when things are not fine in a relationship and be with each other through thick and thin. On April 30, 2020, Rishi Kapoor had taken his last breath after fighting the battle with cancer for two years. In an emotional farewell post, Neetu Kapoor posted a picture of Rishi Kapoor with a drink in his hand and a bright smile on his face. Her caption made us teary-eyed. She wrote, "End of our story."
Neetu Kapoor had 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. 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.” (Also Read: Throwback Video Of Rishi Kapoor And Neetu Kapoor's Cute Banter Will Bring Back All The Good Memories)
The statement had concluded with “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."
Did you know Rishi Kapoor had proposed Neetu Singh with his sister’s ring? When Neetu ji was just 21-years-old, Rishi ji had proposed to her and even their families had decided to get them engaged. But because he didn’t have a ring to give to Neetu ji, he had taken his sister’s ring and had given it to her. Rishi ji and Neetu ji’s relationship was cemented with a wedding ceremony in 1980, after a dating period of 5 years. On the radio show, Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor hosted by Annu Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor had recalled the initial days of her meeting with Rishi Kapoor. She had stated, “I had a horrible first meeting with Rishi Kapoor. He had a habit of bullying, so he would comment on my make-up and clothes, and I'd feel so angry. He was actually a brat who would bully everyone and I was very young at that time. I used to be furious with him.”
On January 17, 2019, Neetu Kapoor had posted a selfie on her Instagram handle with her beloved husband, Rishi Kapoor, which gave us a glimpse of what happens on a lunch date after 38 years of marriage. Sharing the selfie wherein Rishi ji is busy looking at his phone as his wife clicks a picture, Neetu ji had captioned it, “Lunch date. This is what happens after 38 years of marriage husband on the phone and I’m clicking selfies.” (Also Read: Kareena Kapoor Shares A Picture Of 'Two Tigers', Rishi Kapoor And Her Father-In-Law Mansoor Ali Khan)
We pray for strength for the Kapoor family!
In his close to five decades of acting journey, the first memory that comes to our mind when his name pops up is his debut as a child artist in his father’s film, Shree 420. After all, who can forget the sweet and adorable little boy, Rishi Kapoor in a raincoat,Read More