Political dignitaries across party lines, on Thursday paid tributes to actor Rishi Kapoor, who passed away after he succumbed to leukemia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the sad demise of veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor, calling him a ‘powerhouse of talent’.
“Multifaceted, endearing and lively…this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent. I will always recall our interactions, even on social media. He was passionate about films and India’s progress. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti,” PM Modi tweeted.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday condoled the death of veteran actor Rishi Kapoor and said that it has been a terrible week for the Indian cinema and the “Bobby” actor will be greatly missed. “This is a terrible week for Indian cinema, with the passing of another legend, actor Rishi Kapoor. A wonderful actor, with a huge fan following across generations, he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends and fans all over the world, at this time of grief,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday condoled the death of actor Rishi Kapoor, saying he was not only a great actor but also a good human being. “The sudden demise of actor Rishi Kapoor is shocking. He was not only a great actor but a good human being. Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. Om Shanti,” Javadekar said in his tweet.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled death of Rishi Kapoor. Taking to Twitter, she wrote: “Deeply shocked & saddened at the demise of the iconic & versatile film actor #RishiKapoor. A National Film Award winner, he acted in more than than 150 films. He endured his illness with dignity and grace. My condolences to his family, friends, fans & the entire film fraternity.”
Rishi Kapoor was admitted to the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday. In September 2019, the veteran actor returned to Mumbai after staying in New York for almost a year for cancer treatment. From Deepika Padukone to Anupam Kher, scores of celebrities had visited Rishi and his wife Neetu while they were in the US. Often branded as Bollywood’s first chocolate boy, Rishi touched heights of stardom in the film industry with numerous iconic roles in blockbuster hits like ‘Bobby’, ‘Chandni’, ‘Karz’ and many others.
Actor turned politician Smriti Irani, who is the Union Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development in a tweet recalled her experience with Rishi Kapoor and wrote, “In 2014, he told me ‘bhag jaldi Dilli pagal’ for he knew I have been summoned to take oath. The last I saw him was on a set and that’s how I shall remember him. Prodding you to do your best, caring for the little things, teaching you the craft no matter how old you were on the job.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to twitter and wrote, “Deeply saddened by the sudden demise of actor Rishi Kapoor. He entertained several generations of Indians throughout his career. What a terrible loss.. My condolences to the grieving family. May God bless his soul.”