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Priyanka Chopra: Rishi Kapoor forged his own path to create his own legacy
Last week, Bollywood woke up to the unfortunate news of veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passing away. The film industry mourned the loss of such a talented personality. Priyanka Chopra, who has worked with Rishi in ‘Agneepath’, wrote a heart-touching eulogy for the late actor for Time Magazine.
Priyanka started by introducing Rishi as the third generation of Bollywood’s “first family”. She wrote, “The Kapoors are Indian cinema’s first family but that never defined Rishi Kapoor, who died April 30 at 67. The son of the legendary Raj Kapoor, he forged his own path, building an illustrious career to create his own legacy.”
The actress continued, “From his first leading role in 1973’s Bobby, he was the keeper of our hearts, ushering in a new era of romance in Hindi movies. His effervescence and flamboyance instantly set him apart. He was a hero who could feel without being maudlin. He was mischievous, rebellious, passionate-and he made falling in love seem so easy and so within our grasp. What made Rishi Kapoor’s love different? It had all the passion of a Shakespearean hero with a generous dollop of innocence added in.”
“His charisma was in his extraordinary smile, one that made his fans go weak in the knees. And when he danced, he made us all want to jump up and join him,” wrote Priyanka in her piece.
Talking about her experience with Rishi in ‘Agneepath’ she wrote, “I had the privilege of working with him in Agneepath, in which he played a fierce, no-holds-barred character, someone to hate rather than love. The versatility of this genial man will never be experienced again.”
Rishi was battling cancer for the last two years as he was diagnosed with leukaemia. The actor breathed his last in a Mumbai hospital on April 30.
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