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2020-04-30

Rishi Kapoor, legend of Indian film, Dies at 67

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Kapoor was taken into hospital on Wednesday in Mumbai. "He's suffering from cancer and he's having some breathing problems, so he's been admitted to hospital," his brother Randhir said Wednesday to Indian media.

Kapoor died Thursday morning, one day after another Indian star, Irrfan Khan, died.

Kapoor was first diagnosed with cancer in 2018, and was initially treated in the U.S. before returning to India late in 2019. Since then he had been hospitalized several times in India with a variety of complications.

"He remained jovial and determined through two years of treatment across two continents to live to the full. His focus remained on family, friends, food and films, and everybody who met him during this time was amazed at how he didn't let his disease make him better, "his family said in a statement.

"He remained jovial and determined through two years of treatment across two continents to live to the full. His focus remained on family, friends, food and films, and anyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he didn't let his disease make him better.

"We also acknowledge the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time in this hour of personal loss. There are numerous restrictions surrounding movement and public gathering. We would like to ask all his fans and well-wishers and family friends to please respect the laws that are in force. "Despite his health problems, Kapoor recently announced that he would co-star in a remake of the Hollywood hit" The Intern "with Deepika Padukone. The actor was usually active on social media, but his activity was quiet around the beginning of April.

Following a cameo in the 1955 film "Shree 420" by his father Raj Kapoor, Kapoor made his father's 1970 magnum opus "Mera Naam Joker" as a child actor. Often nicknamed Chintoo, Kapoor then appeared as an adult romantic lead in his first film, in the 1973 "Bobby," also directed by his father.

He made his debut as a director with "Aa Ab Laut Chalen" in 1999. Together with frequent co-star Amitabh Bachchan, Kapoor performed in several hits including "Amar Akbar Anthony" and "Coolie." In recent years, he has gone on to play character roles with considerable success, with films including "Agneepath," "Do Dooni Chaar," "Mulk" and "Love Aaaj Kal."

Indian film fans followed his romance with Dimple Kapadia but it was his co-star, Neetu Singh, "Rafoo Chakar," that he ended up marrying and staying with him until he died. He shone in so many light-hearted comedies, like "Rafoo Chakar" with Singh, "Amar Akbar Anthony" with Amitabh Bachchan, "Khel Khel Mein" and "Hum Kisise Kum Nahin" with Zeenat Aman, all in the 1970's. His films were full of great songs and simple plots.

His son Ranbir, an A-list Bollywood star, survives Kapoor, his wife Neetu, a former A-lister from Bollywood, and his daughter Riddhima.

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