Ranbir Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor organise online puja on Rishi Kapoor’s death anniversary
Earlier today, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt visited Neetu Kapoor at her residence on Rishi Kapoor‘s first death anniversary. Neetu had organised a small puja at her home. She and her son Ranbir Kapoor will perform the rituals, with the rest of the family joining in virtually, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rishi had passed away after battling cancer for two years. Rishi’s sister Rima Jain told Pinkvilla that she will not attend the memorial ceremony in person, as Mumbai continues to report thousands of Covid-19 cases every day. “Neetu is having an online havan puja, that she and Ranbir will do. We will also be a part of it through Zoom,” she said.
Neetu’s daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni’s husband Bharat Sahni shared a picture from what appears to be the puja to honour Rishi. In it, a framed photograph of the late actor, with a garland on it and marigold flowers in front, could be seen on a stool. A lit diya and incense sticks could also be seen.
After Rishi’s demise last year, his family said in a statement that he ‘remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest’ throughout his treatment. “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. He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears,” the statement said.
Earlier today, Neetu Kapoor remembered her late husband with a smile and shared how they have accepted that “life will never be the same without him.” She added, “We have celebrated him all year with a smile on the lips as he will stay in our hearts forever 🌸 we have accepted life will never be the same without him !!! But life will go on …. 🙏💕💕💕🌸🌸🌸#rishikapoor.”
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Rishi will be seen in his last film, the yet-to-be-released Sharmaji Namkeen, which also stars Juhi Chawla. The film is scheduled for a theatrical release on September 4, which marks his birth anniversary.