Rishi Kapoor: I got the best break in Bobby, but it all went downhill from there


All actors have been with him in the journey. No, because this was in 1988 and he was just absconding then. Have you personally ever discussed this with Amitabh? See, we are all friends. It was probably my fault, the way the equation was. There’s a lot of mention made of good food and alcohol in the book. A lot of celebrities now talk about depression and how they cope, or not, with it. This interview first appeared in The Indian Express in January, 2017. You’ve talked about how Amitabh Bachchan never acknowledged his co-stars for their role in his success? But you were growing up with sheer legacy…
There’s nothing called legacy and nepotism like that. Is that a healthy trend necessarily? Today in fact, I’m thankful to god that I have that film on my resume as an actor. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. There’s nothing of the sort. I satisfy my fans and am a committed actor. I thought, was it that I lost my fan following because I got married or was it something else. Do you feel you’ve proved yourself with the work you’ve done in recent times? if you could revisit yourself then, what advice would you give about tantrum throwing? I did feel offended but I made a career out of myself in the second innings. There are things which I don’t need to say but I’ve said it. “Have you read the book?”
“Yes.”
“The pdf?”
“Yes, of course.”
As Rishi “Chintu” Kapoor verified the veracity of his interviewer, ahead of the launch of his memoir Khullam Khulla- Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, a checklist Neetu Kapoor made in the book, part of the Afterword, came to mind. Tags:

Rishi Kapoor How do you think that has changed for celebrities over time? I meant to say in a certain humble way that in times of past legends like Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor or Dev Anand, they all made themselves on their own steam. I think that’s wrong, we must keep our traditions alive. Like Deewar wouldn’t be possible without Shashi Kapoor. You’ve spoken about Bismillah Khan and how we need to value our heritage instruments. So if you can credit your directors and writers you can surely credit your colleagues who’ve been equally helpful. See you’re not getting the essence right. That’s where I think I went wrong. Do you feel that awards have a lot of credibility today to begin with? They sold it for bloody some eighteen thousand or something. Film star Rishi Kapoor with his wife Neetu Singh and Ranbir Kapoor at the film release function of Do Dooni Chaar (Photo: Express archive). It’s the age of electronics. But I survived na? It’s not possible to encapsulate one’s life in just one book. Written by Asad Ali
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Actor Rishi Kapoor during his visit to the Express office in Chandigarh (Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal). When it was a film with Amitabh, it was like a 100m race where other actors were handicapped by 50m right at the start! You’ve been transparent about buying the filmfare award for Bobby. You wrote about how, as a kid, you would listen to your father come home drunk. Yeah, I was throwing starry tantrums at the age of two! I should think so. Most certainly. I’m no one to comment on that but films do run like that. Would you now be in a film if she had more screen space? Yes, by his own family too. I enjoy my drink and food, and why not? Without Dharmendra, Sholay wouldn’t be possible. We spoke about films and talked for close to four hours. There’s a run-in with Rakesh Roshan mentioned where he offered you a small role in Koi Mil Gaya and reacted badly when you declined. You can see the outlines of the mercurial superstar but the canvas doesn’t really give you the entire picture. Every time a young actor came on to the scene, people would say ‘move over Rishi Kapoor.’ Why do you think you were singled out like this? Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh in a still from Rafoo Chakkar (Photo: Express archive). Also Read | Rishi Kapoor (1952-2020): The singing-dancing-romancing hero we all loved to love | Rishi Kapoor passes away | Rishi Kapoor dies at 67, Amitabh Bachchan writes, ‘I am destroyed’ | 102 Not Out director Umesh Shukla on Rishi Kapoor: He truly was magic
Did you consciously maintain the kind of relationship you had with your father, with Ranbir? I merely said we were all the small rungs of the ladder to success that he climbed. No, no it was just a reflection. Rishi Kapoor starts the book modestly enough with the admission: I was born lucky. Personally, when I read it myself I thought it was very inspirational for the youth. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Par kidhar gaya? A pictorial tribute to Rishi Kapoor
Excerpts from the interview. But I should’ve been more friendly with him, still. Rishi Kapoor in Mera Naam Joker (Photo: Express archive). I’m only talking about my experience. Your wife Neetu Kapoor in an otherwise glowing afterword says you’re deeply suspicious and jealous. So I thought I should document my life for future history. I did go through that kind of an insecurity period – I’ve been honest about it. The third point of the checklist went: Is he suspicious of people, stiflingly possessive, difficult to live with? They’ll never understand the value. Every sound is synthesised. Eventually we are losing touch because we’re getting bound by Western sounds. That always happened. You’ve said you were not insecure after Bobby with flops, and yet post Karz in 1980, you wrote that you blamed your marriage for a reduced fan base…
I didn’t blame my marriage. It’s my democratic right to do what I want to, there’s nothing wrong in it. I’m certainly not the kind to have a backslapping relationship with my son. Where do you see multi-starrers these days? Because I was the youngest actor of the time. All I had said was that I didn’t want to do the film because I didn’t quite like my role. Yes, no one will work like that. One reason you didn’t want to do Kabhie Kabhie was because your wife Neetu Kapoor had a more prominent role. There’s a nice anecdote of Nargis Dutt luring you for a shot with a chocolate in Shree 420 when you were a kid because you were being difficult.. Seems ironical with news of his shehnaiis being stolen. Awards have no credibility in this country. In what’s pegged to be a tell-all book about the general arc of Rishi Kapoor’s life, Neetu Kapoor’s short afterword might come across as equally revealing and definitely a more incisive assessment of her filmstar husband’s psyche. There was a lot of pressure on me by a lot of publishing houses, and as a celebrity I’ve seen a lot of ups and downs. You may have legacy but you still have to fight to keep that intact and work with sincerity. I don’t know about that. I think such tantrums are common with most kids anyway at that point. So do you feel you’ve been a good partner? The very fact that I’m still working today in prominent roles and getting awards for every film speaks for itself. Those are just sayings on the basis of small tales. But that’s too young an age and the scene actually was causing my eyes to water or something. It’s just a money making racket. You seem to know my husband well. The title’s Khullam Khulla but it doesn’t feel like we’re getting to know a lot about you. What becomes clearer as the book progresses though, is how he enjoyed and built upon that extraordinary luck in life and his career. You promised yourself that ”when I grew up, I would never drink and frighten my kids like that.” How much of that memory or promise has stayed with you in your adult life…
No, that just happened a long time ago. Mumbai had still not happened. How did the idea for the memoir come to you? Deepika too came out talking about her mental health. You met Dawood Ibrahim twice in Dubai. Weren’t you apprehensive at any level? They’d always say Rishi Kapoor toh gaya. The basic point one should appreciate is that it’s candid, honest. You’ve drawn a parallel saying no Khan would work with another Khan or for that matter no big star would share screen space with someone else. To reach the top these days, why would you give screen space to someone else? His relationship with Bollywood legend and his father, Raj Kapoor, losing weight for Bobby under pressure from his then Parsi girlfriend, becoming possessive about one of the leading ladies of the time, strained relationships with some of Bollywood’s biggest names (and his own son) to his own insecurities – Rishi Kapoor’s memoir is one broad brushstroke of a book. That’s something I regret. You should talk about my autobiography and I am not concerned about Deepika or anyone else. I work for it. By god’s grace I’m still working in 2017, where are the others now?