By Shreya Sharma Last Updated:
The Bollywood industry is a close-knit family with everyone hiding each other’s secrets and sharing sorrows together. Last week was a difficult week for the B-town and the entire nation as we lost two gems on two consecutive days. Cancer took a toll on both the actors, and heaven got the best of all. Yes, we are talking about the sudden, unfortunate demise of most versatile actors, Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. The nation is still under shock and nobody can stop remembering the beautiful performances and persona the actors had. (Also Read: Hiten Tejwani Proves, Women Are Not Maids, Mops The Floor, Helping Wife, Gauri As She Records Him)
Many actors and celebrities are finding it hard to digest and accept the news of the demise of Rishi Kapoor. Amitabh Bachchan, Rakesh Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, all are inconsolable as they share their grief about their best friend or elder brother, Rishi ji's demise, but the family feels the most void of all. Despite Sharmila Tagore and Rishi Kapoor not being the first saamdhi-saamdhan, but their kids being married builds a bond between the two, apart from personal relation, the two have been a part of the entertainment industry for the longest of course. Sharmila Tagore pens down her thoughts about bahu, Kareena Kapoor Khan’s late uncle, Rishi Kapoor.
Sharmila Tagore wrote a blog for Dawn and shared her grief over two entirely unexpected deaths on two consecutive days of the finest actors of B-town, “There wasn’t even an opportunity to say goodbye. The passing of Rishi and Irrfan — how does one even commit that phrase into writing — leaves me devastated.”
The actress also talked about how her saamdhi, Rishi Kapoor was fearless in expressing his views about anything and everything. She wrote, “Rishi was always in the news with his social media engagements, the fearlessness with which he expressed his opinions — on his food and drink preferences, on communal and nationalist issues even when they went against the popular discourse.”
Talking about how Rishi ji was never insecure as an actor and gave his co-actors space, Sharmila ji wrote, “Rishi was not an insecure actor. He had the generosity in letting his co-actors inhabit a scene. Luck by Chance, Love Aaj Kal, Do Dooni Chaar, Kapoor and Sons and many others are proof enough. As an actor, Rishi understood the integrity of the scene as a whole, allowing his co-stars the space without overwhelming them with his star persona.” (Recommended Read: Shilpa Shetty Kundra Shares The 'Bitter' Reality Of Life After Marriage With Hubby, Raj Kundra)
She also talked about how Rishi ji outweighed her son, Saif Ali Khan for her as soon as he entered the screen in the movie, Hum Tum. “When he bursts onto the screen in Hum Tum singing "Main shayar toh nahin", you instantly surrender yourself to his joie de vivre and smile along with him. He literally owns the scene. In that moment, despite myself I felt my attention wavering from Saif to Rishi.”
Revealing how Rishi ji believed in the king-size moments and how he had great control over his craft, she wrote “Rishi believed in the king-size moment, without going over the top. You just have to watch him feed off Amitabh Bachchan in 102 Not Out to realise that on his day he could beat any actor hollow.”
Sharmila ji also talked about her personal favourite movie of Rishi ji and wrote, “For me, Mulk is his most memorable film. A nuanced and balanced portrayal of a retired Muslim lawyer countering Islamophobia. His words "Aaj jo hum faisla kar rahein hain, woh hamaare kal ka faisla karega" will always remain relevant.” (Don't Miss: Anushka Sharma Grieves Of Her Dog, Bruno's Passing Away, Shares A Beautiful Photo In His Memory)
Rest in peace, Rishi sir!