He and Shammi Kapoor – the two famous Hindi film romantic heroes – were dad’s favourite. He said, he felt personally responsible for Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai (1981) not doing well commercially, that he’d let dad down and thus avoided taking my father’s calls. (front row, sitting, from left) Rishi Kapoor and Burman; (second row, standing, from left) Nasir Hussain, Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Randhir Kapoor, Ranjeet, Rajendra Nath. I would be pretty much in the background, hanging in the shadows, hang around the set, and listen. Any good director does not play with characters. Mansoor Khan is the director of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
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📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. My IIT friend Anil Pal did the technical light effects, and I was coordinating it. One day, he came to my farm (Acres Wild) and we shared old memories. During ZKDH’s shoot, I used to be extremely introvert, didn’t like the world, and never imagined that I would go on to direct a film. I was a very different kind of director, I sought realism. In ZKDH’s song sequence (Bolo bolo-Poochho na yaar), dad wanted to reproduce the synchronised lighting from John Travolta’s dance sequence in Saturday Night Fever (1977), where he hits his foot on the ground and the floor lights come on, on the beat. I always felt that he was one of my father’s (Nasir Hussain’s) favourite actors because he would render the characters that dad would write so well – his acting ability, personality, flamboyance was a perfect fit for them. Rishi uncle would ask me why don’t I make friends (in the industry), it was so hard for me to explain to him that I never wanted to make friends. Even Pancham (RD Burman) uncle told him to speak to daddy (the other Nasir Hussain film he starred in — Hum Kisise Kum Naheen in 1977 — was a huge hit, but another film Zabardast that was to star Kapoor and Dilip Kumar got shelved). His passing away is a sad and big loss for the industry. Rishi uncle had a fabulous rapport with Pancham uncle and my father, and loved dad’s humour and leg-pulling, whether on the set or when they came over for dinner at home. I told him that my father never felt that the responsibility for his films fell on anybody else, it probably would have been his own misjudgment of what the audience wanted, and not Kapoor’s fault. Even before Rishi came into acting, dad was writing such flamboyant, rom-com roles, in Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) and Dil Deke Dekho (1959), except in Baharon ke Sapne (1967) and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), which were serious movies. It was a done thing that songs were used to reveal emotional plot point; my father would add in flashy glamour and flamboyance – qawwali sequence, mirrors, lights running. Updated: May 1, 2020 12:16:11 am
“Rishi uncle would ask me why don’t I make friends (in the industry), it was so hard for me to explain to him that I never wanted to make friends,” writes Mansoor Khan. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. On hearing that he was the senior-most in the casting crew and the biggest star in the film, she was thrilled as well as shit-scared, but soon she became his favourite on the set). Tags:
Rishi Kapoor Over the years, the youthful loverboy icon moved from Shammi to Rishi Kapoor to (my cousin) Aamir Khan. He said that he had never felt this relieved. During ZKDH’s shoot, I used to be extremely introvert, didn’t like the world, and never imagined that I would go on to direct a film. My father, worried that I was going to waste my life, thought the cool, easygoing Rishi uncle was inspiring me to do something. I met him last when he had come to Coonoor to shoot for Kapoor & Sons (2016, my daughter Zayn Khan, was a junior AD of that film. Since I was in the production team, I spoke with Rishi uncle, but sadly, it didn’t work out. He was going to be cast in Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na (2008), along with Dimple Kapadia, as the parents of Manjari Fadnnis, the girl Imran Khan’s character initially falls for. My father had already begun ZKDH’s shooting when I had returned from the US (doing bachelor’s in computer science in Cornell University and MIT). Rishi uncle was enthusiastic, too, and fond of playing those roles. Dad was clear that he wouldn’t write it in his earlier, classical style – Aamir’s character is sober and timid, not like Rishi uncle’s confident, brash, up-on-things, humorous characters who get the girl. But my directorial debut QSQT was meant to launch Aamir. Filmmaker Mansoor Khan on Rishi Kapoor
I just realised that Rishi uncle was only five years senior to me.