Rishi Kappor passed away yesterday morning at the age of 67. His last film was Sharmaji Namkeen. The producer of the film Sharmaji Namkeen, Honey Trehan, has revealed how Rishi returned to work a day after the death of his sister, Ritu Nanda. In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, he said that Rishi’s ‘professionalism was inspiring’. He added that the actor had been asked to arrive in Delhi two days before the final leg of shooting, but the day after he landed his sister Ritu Nanda died. Also Read – ‘Driving home ma,’ Riddhima Kapoor is enroute Mumbai to be with mother, Neetu Kapoor after missing Rishi Kapoor’s funeral
“We were looking to reschedule but in answer to my condolence message he asked, ‘What is the call time tomorrow?’” Honey said that he told the actor to take a couple of days off. But Rishi replied, “Bakwas maat karo, what happened is personal, but work is my is my profession. I am equally responsible for both. The show must go on.” Also Read – ‘Love you, Rishi Uncle,’ Alia Bhatt pens a heartwarming note remembering the late actor Rishi Kapoor
The nation is still in shock after the deaths of Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. Rishi is survived by his wife, Neetu, and his children, actor Ranbir Kapoor and jewellery designer Riddhima Kapoor Sahni. His funeral took place in Mumbai yesterday. Also Read – #CheersChintuji: Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta urges people to raise a toast as a farewell for actor Rishi Kapoor
Messages started pouring in from industry friends, colleagues and fans who mourned the loss of the veteran actor. He was hospitalised after complaining of breathing issues. The actor had been battling cancer for the last year and a half.
The family spokesperson has released an official statement confirming his demise. “Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. 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.”