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The disease which must not be named- is how we had treated the deadly ‘Big C’. But these days, we have noticed that cancer is spreading in the air and time and again have we heard unbelievable stories about our favourite celebs acquiring it. From 2018 to 2019, we have shared with you all, the heart-shattering news of many celebs being a victim of its Scorpio grip. Sonali Bendre, Irrfan Khan, Tahira Kashyap, Rakesh Roshan, Nafisa Ali and now, Rishi Kapoor had all saddened us with the news of this terrible disease. But it is their will power and the strength to take on life, one day at a time is what deserves a standing ovation! (Do Read: Sunny Leone's Hubby, Daniel Weber Met Her Parents At Her Mom's Funeral When Her Life Was Chaotic)
Speaking specifically about Rishi Kapoor in here, it was on September 29, 2018, when the world had a slight hint that their favourite legendary actor might be suffering from some serious ailment. And just two days later, on October 01, 2018, Rishi ji’s mother, Krishna Raj Kapoor had breathed her last. A state of mourning had befallen upon the film fraternity. And it was much later, when her son, Randhir Kapoor had shared about the late Krishna ji’s death in an interview, “My mother passed away at about 5 am today due to cardiac arrest. Old age was another factor. We are deeply saddened by her demise."
Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor weren’t present in India as they were off to New York for Rishi ji’s cancer treatment. As difficult and sad as it seems, the entire family weren’t available to bid a final adieu to Krishna Raj Kapoor. In a latest interview with The Times of India, Rishi Kapoor expressed his feelings. The doting son shared, “That was very unfortunate. I left for the US on September 29, and my mother passed away on October 1. She knew that I had contracted a serious disorder. That entire period was traumatic for me. I was caught up with my problem. I didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t have an option because I had to be here in New York. My brother told me that by the time I would get back, it would be too late. Also, I didn’t have the stamina or strength to come back.”
As Neetu Kapoor too wasn’t able to attend her mother-in-law, Krishna Raj Kapoor’s last rites, she wrote an eulogy for her ‘best friend’ and shared a lovely picture with her. Neetu ji had captioned the following picture on her Instagram as “She was such a huge influence in my life admired her elegance with generosity and warmth!!! She will always stay in my heart #noonelikeher #besthumanbieng #lovedher #bestfriend." (Must Read: Arjun Kapoor Reveals How The Kapoor Family Had Reacted To His Relationship With Malaika Arora)
Many pictures and videos of the entire Bollywood industry standing by the Kapoors like a rock were available on the internet. While every celeb was doing their active part, all were surprised by probable soon-to-be Kapoor bahu, Alia Bhatt. She had had stood by her beau, Ranbir Kapoor’s family like a pillar of strength during such a difficult time, video-called him during the funeral as he was away and was there, by her alleged to-be sister-in-law, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and the duo were spotted getting all teary.
Rishi Kapoor, in the same interview, spoke about the most important thing that she had learnt in this one year of struggle. He stated, “The most important thing that these past nine months taught me, apart from the fact that I had to recover from a disease, is patience. I never had that before. God has taught me that patience is the mother of all virtues. My (medical) treatment is hardly for an hour once in four weeks, but it takes long for it to work on you. It’s not a push-button thing that you do it once, and then you will be alright. My wife and friends keep telling me that I was a very impatient person all the time... my work style, my way of life... The fact is, you have to be patient and let things take its own course. I have been going through this ordeal of being a patient and it’s interesting how it (the word patient) taught me patience. You can’t always be wanting to do things immediately.”
Rishi Kapoor also revealed the thoughts and the mindset that he had developed to sustain such a difficult phase. The Agneepath actor shared, “My work was such that I couldn’t afford to be patient. I had to be active all the time. Life teaches you to slow down sometimes. Anupam Kher told me that I needed this break, but of course, not in this manner. I don’t want a break when I am undergoing treatment. People may wonder what I am doing in America for so long. I move around, eat, drink, shop and watch films. I can’t come home because I am bound by the hospital — I am under treatment and under observation. For me, this has taken great patience, else I would have left this place and come back to Mumbai a long time ago. The treatment requires you to behave a certain way. From one treatment to another, it takes weeks. That’s why I have been here for nine-and-a-half months. I am hoping to come back by the end of August. I have seen all four seasons of this city (New York). I came here in September last year, which was autumn. I went through winter, spring and now, it is summer.” (Also Read: Alia Bhatt Meeting Sabyasachi Mukherjee To Finalise Her Bridal Lehenga For 2020 Wedding With Ranbir?)
Rishi Kapoor further added, “In 45 years of my career, I have never taken such a long break. It makes me think that sometimes, God takes the decisions for you that you don’t. I haven’t boarded a flight for the past nine-and-a-half months. I haven’t stepped out of NYC. I am planning to go to the Hamptons tomorrow, it’s about three hours’ drive from here. For the first time in nine months, I’ll be taking a break and going to the beach. Thankfully my children, friends, family and well-wishers are with me.”
And we all were silently praying for your complete recovery too, Rishi ji! Wish you many many more years of sound health.