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He was not a Shayar but he made everyone scream on top of our voice, ‘Kiya’ every time he asked us, ‘Kya Tumne Kisi Se Pyaar Kiya?’ Since then, the OG chocolate boy of the Hindi film industry became an inspiration for every actor, with his smiling face, zest for life and powerful on-screen persona. He charted a new path for Indian cinema and with his demise, it feels like an end of an era. Rishi Kapoor, needless to say, with your demise it is the end of an era but surely not the end of memories and you’ll forever remain Not Out in our hearts! (Also Read: Rishi Kapoor And Irrfan Khan's Date Of Birth Have An Uncanny Connection To The Year 2020, Find Out)
It was on April 30, 2020, when the nation had bid adieu to the veteran actor, Rishi Kapoor and more than anyone of us, it’s his family and close friends, who are shaken by the news of his demise. There’s no bigger loss than losing a family member and with the demise of Rishi Kapoor, he had left behind heaps of void in their hearts. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor’s daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni stays in Delhi and owing to the lockdown, she wasn’t able to attend her father’s funeral. Since the flights, trains and buses are banned, Riddhima is travelling by road to Mumbai to be with her family in these tough times.
Unable to attend the funeral, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and her husband, Bharat Sahni had penned heart-wrenching eulogy for Rishi Kapoor. While Bharat posted glimpses of some cherished moments with his father-in-law and 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.” Riddhima also posted an Insta story with a glimpse of her journey to Mumbai, atop which, she had written, “Driving home ma. Enroute to Mumbai.”
Rishi Kapoor’s son, Ranbir Kapoor had performed his father’s last rites on April 30, 2020, and it was Alia Bhatt, who proved to be the pillar of strength for the Kapoor clan in this tough phase. Alia, not only stood strong to support Ranbir and Neetu Kapoor, but she had also made sure that Riddhima Kapoor Sahni attends her father’s funeral via video call. Alia, who couldn’t control her tears during the last rites, made Riddhima be a part of everything so that she doesn’t miss saying her final goodbye to her father. (Also Read: Alia Bhatt Pens A Note For 'Father' Rishi Kapoor And Describes Her Last Two Years Spent With Him)
As per a Times Now report, a source close to the Kapoor family had shared, “Riddhima was trying to get permission to travel since Wednesday night when she got to know that her father was hospitalised. She was very disturbed after getting the news since she was the closest to her father. We sent her messages in the morning when we got to know that Rishi Kapoor passed away, but did not hear from her. Some friends told us that she got permission to travel by road, but she was also trying to get permission to fly to reach Mumbai at the earliest."
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: Rishi Kapoor's Last Video As He Waited For His Wife, Neetu Kapoor To Finish Her Grocery Shopping)
You’ll be missed, Rishi ji!