In a special Memoriam Montage segment, the 90th Academy Awards paid a musical tribute to late Bollywood icons Sridevi, Shashi Kapoor and Raj Kapoor among many. The segment was staged exclusively to remember and thank the contribution of some great artists in the field of cinema. Touched by the heartfelt gesture, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor thanked the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science in a tweet.
The 65-year-old actor expressed his gratitude to the Academy on Twitter.
"Oscars. Thank you for remembering Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi," the actor wrote.
Oscars. Thank you for remembering Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi. Thrilled to see the name Raj Kapoor as the executive producer of the show. We are on the threshold of world cinema! pic.twitter.com/YMkqntZ4Xz— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) March 5, 2018
He is the nephew of the legendary actor, Shashi Kapoor, who passed away last year in December after a prolonged illness.
Rishi was a close associate of Sridevi, having acted opposite her in films such "Chandni", "Nagina" and "Gurudev" among others.
The 54-year-old actor passed away on February 24 due to accidental drowning in a Dubai hotel.
Rishi also said that Indians are taking the centrestage in international cinema and posted a video clip of the ceremony's closing credits which showed his father actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor's namesake as a co-producer.
"Thrilled to see the name Raj Kapoor as the executive producer of the show. We are on the threshold of world cinema!" he wrote.
(With IANS Inputs)