Rishi Kapoor broke a million hearts when he khullam-khulla declared his love for the beautiful Neetu Singh. One was the chocolate boy of Bollywood, other the most sought after heroine of that time- love was bound to happen. Their amazing chemistry and blossoming love were always visible in the movies they did together. The magic they created on the silver screen was not just ‘good acting’, it was true love.
Neetu started dating Chintu, aka Rishi when she was just 14 years old. He was already a well-established actor and the heartthrob of millions by then, while she was just taking baby steps into the industry. The first time they came together on-screen was for the film Zehreela Insaan (1974).
It was not love at first sight for the beautiful pair. Chintu was quite a prankster and loved teasing the young Neetu on sets. He would smear her face with kajal just after she completed her makeup. But in true filmy style, Neetu fell in love with the guy who irritated her the most, and Rishi too reciprocated her love.
Neetu’s mom, Rajee was not too happy with the turn of events. Neetu was too young, only 14 years, and was just climbing the ladder to success. She did not want to set the tongues of the industry insiders wagging about their relationship. That is why, whenever Rishi took Neetu out on a date, her mother sent her cousin along to act as a chaperone.
When Rishi proposed to Neetu, Rajee was over the moon. But, Neetu had a nagging feeling of guilt in her mind. She was the sole breadwinner of the house, and she did not want to leave her mother all alone without anyone supporting her. But Neetu’s 'knight in shining armour' came in and solved her dilemma. He invited Rajee to stay with them after marriage.
How their engagement came about is a story in itself. It was at a wedding in Rishi’s family in Delhi. The family decided that this was the right moment to announce their engagement. The sudden announcement and engagement gave Neetu jitters, and her nerves had to be calmed down with a glass of bubbly given to her by her husband. They got married soon after.
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This wonderful fairy tale had its own share of twists and turns. The Kapoor family was known to be very patriarchal and a Kapoor bahu was expected to leave the industry and become a housewife. Neetu too did the same. She returned all her signing amounts and left the industry for good. This really got the rumour mills up and running. Some people claimed that Neetu was forced into an early retirement. But, she hit back saying it was her personal choice and Rishi was a very supportive husband.
In the late 1990’s, the insiders of the industry claimed that Rishi was turning into an alcoholic. And some newspapers even carried reports of a domestic violence complaint being filed by Neetu against Rishi. Some also reported that Neetu had left her husband. However, putting the rumour mills to rest, Neetu returned to the Kapoor household and took care of her husband and children.
The couple came out of all these controversies and supported each other through the highs and lows of life. She recently said in an interview, “There always comes a phase in a couple's life when there would be friction, disagreements. Rishi and I also went through that stage. It was just one of those problems, which only the husband and wife would understand. Fortunately, we were able to sort out our differences. Today, everything is forgotten.”
Rishi and Neetu returned to the silver screen as a couple after 30 years in Love Aaj Kal. The evergreen couple successfully played the role of middle-class parents in Do Dooni Char. They also appeared as husband and wife cop duo in Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Besharam. Their daughter, Riddhima is now happily married and is a successful fashion designer whereas their son, Ranbir is one of the hottest actors of the industry. Life could not be any more perfect for this golden couple who is married for 37 years now!
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