Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor, who was diagnosed with cancer in the year 2018 passed away at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. The actor was admitted to the hospital after the complaint of ill health. The statement by Kapoor family stated, "Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am 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." The Mulk actor is survived by his daughter Riddhima, son Ranbir Kapoor, and wife Neetu. The actor's mortal remains were cremated at Chandanwadi crematorium in Kalbadevi where the last rites were performed. His daughter Riddhima was unable to attend the funeral as she is now coming by road.
Riddhima was given a movement pass by the Delhi Police to attend the funeral later which it was said that she will be flying down but now will be travelling by road. Riddhima was granted a movement pass to attend father's last rites amid COVID-19 lockdown in the country. "Along with Riddhima, four other people -- Bharat Sahni, Samara Sahni, Akshay Sahni, and Drigalakshmi Rai -- got permission to travel to Mumbai," Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) R P Meena said.
Family members Neetu, son Ranbir, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, nephews Arman and Aadar Jain, Randhir Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, industrialist Anil Ambani and filmmaker Ayan Mukerji, and Rajeev Kapoor were present at the funeral ground. Not only this but Ranbir Kapoor's girlfriend Alia Bhatt was also present with the family in this difficult time. A lot of measures were taken considering the spread of coronavirus in South Bombay. The first visuals of the ambulance and celebrities at the venue have been released.
Rishi Kapoor returned to India in September 2019 after recovering. Post return to India, his health has frequently been in focus. The actor was admitted to the hospital in quick succession in February. Amid speculations about his health, he had been hospitalized in New Delhi in early February, while on a visit to New Delhi.
His family said the actor 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," the family said in a statement, adding the actor would like to be "remembered with a smile and not with tears".
The chocolate boy of the Bollywood industry was known for the romantic roles which he played in 92 films between 1973 and 2000. He was part of hit films such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar, Sargam, Karz, Bol Radha Bol, and others. His last Bollywood film was Emraan Hashmi's The Body and he recently announced his next project, a remake of Hollywood film The Intern, also featuring Deepika Padukone.
Rishi Kapoor's death came as a shock to fans and his others in the industry who were still reeling from the death of actor Irrfan Khan a day ago.
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