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“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory”- how truly Alsatian polymath, Albert Schweitzer phrased his statement about the importance of health. Fortunate are those who are blessed with sound health, for everything can get back in shape and you can do away with a lack of anything, but health. Soon after Sonali Bendre shared the news of her high-grade metastatic cancer which had raised a hue and cry among masses and the media, a cryptic tweet from the legendary actor, Rishi Kapoor made us all wonder what must have happened to him. And thus, began prayers for his sound health. (Do Read: Mahesh Bhatt Calls Kangana Ranaut 'Bachchi' After Sister, Rangoli Said He Threw 'Chappal' At Kangana)
It was on September 29, 2018, when Rishi Kapoor had tweeted about his short absence from work and requested his well-wishers to not unnecessarily speculate. He had tweeted, "I am taking a short leave of absence from work to go to America for some medical treatment. I urge my well-wishers not to worry or unnecessarily speculate. It's been 45 years 'plus' of wear and tear at the movies. With your love and good wishes, I will be back soon!" This was the tweet:
While there were multiple conjectures that Rishi Kapoor might be suffering from the Big C, a New Year 2019 post from Neetu Kapoor provided a subtle hint about her hubby, Rishi Kapoor’s ailment. Sharing a family picture from their New Year celebrations, the star wife had written, “Happy 2019 no resolutions only wishes this year !!! Less pollution traffic!! Hope in future cancer is only a zodiac sign !!! No hatred less poverty loads of love togetherness happiness n most imp. Good health.” Here is the picture that Neetu Kapoor had posted:
But there is a good news for all Rishi Kapoor fans as his brother, Randhir Kapoor has recently shared with the IANS that the Chandni actor is in the process of being all hale and hearty and will very soon return to India from New York (where he is currently undergoing his treatment). Randhir ji shared, “Rishi is doing much better. He has to finish his course of treatment, and will be back in India in the next few months.” Randhir Kapoor and his daughter, Karisma Kapoor had also gone to New York to visit Rishi Kapoor. However, Rishi ji's recovery speculations began when filmmaker Rahul Rawail had taken to social media and shared an update about Rishi Kapoor stating that he is now ‘cancer free’. Take a look at the same here:
Host-turned-actor, Maniesh Paul too, had posted a series of pictures with Rishi Kapoor, wherein he had gone to visit him and also shared an update about the legendary actor’s health. He was quoted as saying, “Met #rishikapoor sir in newyork...he took me for lunch...we walked the streets...chatted for hours...and then coffee at his house that also made by him!!wow!!what a man!!so humble and seedha dil se...love u sir...was sooooo good to see you...#mp #rishisir #gem #legend #superstar #blessed.” Here are the pictures: (Also Read: Erica Fernandes' Savage Answer On Rumoured BF, Parth Samthaan Refusing Her Company For Home Visit)
Post Rishi Kapoor’s update about his health and treatment, Randhir Kapoor was bombarded with questions pertaining to his superstar brother’s health. He was then quoted as saying in an interview with The Economic Times, “We don't know yet what is the exact nature of his ailment. Rishi himself doesn't know what he's suffering from. He has not even started undergoing tests there; how can people speculate that he has cancer and that too, one that has escalated to advanced stage."
Randhir Kapoor had further added, “Let him undergo tests peacefully; whatever the results, we will let everyone know. He only reached America two-three days ago and so far, he was being prepared for the tests that he has to undergo. Depending on what the results are, his line of treatment, medication and other modalities will be decided upon. It’s not fair to speculate things just like that.”
A Bollywood Bubble report had quoted a source sharing details about Rishi Kapoor’s health and treatment, “Flown to the US for treatment. The doctors have called him in for a 45-day treatment that includes chemotherapy sessions too. Rishi along with Neetu, Ranbir are currently staying there and now Ranbir will have to come back to begin shooting for his films. Which is when Ridhima Kapoor Sahni will be travelling to be with mom and dad. It’s a trying time for the veteran actor.”
A Bollywood Hungama report had quoted Rishi Kapoor as saying, “My treatment is on, hopefully, I will recover soon and God willing I will return. The procedure is long and tedious and one needs immense patience which unfortunately is not one of my virtues.” He had further added, “Thankfully, I am not thinking about films anymore, just want to be blank and refresh myself with a more relaxed mind. This break shall be therapeutic for me”. (Must Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Targeted By Meanest Trolls For Walking Hand-In-Hand With Aaradhya Bachchan)
In another interview with the Hindustan Times, Rishi Kapoor’s daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni had given an update on her father’s illness. She had shared, “He’s fine, nothing to worry about. I was never worried anyway. He’s just getting his routine tests done, as he said on Twitter, after so many years of wear and tear. He’s getting everything done, so hoping for the best.”
All said and done, we can’t wait for Rishi Kapoor to come back to India, all fit and fine!