Rishi Kapoor- Bollywood’s favorite heartthrob turns 60
It has been four decades of creating good cinema in Bollywood for Rishi Kapoor. As the man turns 60 today, he also finishes fourty years in Bollywood which makes his birthday an even more special one. Rishi Kapoor will be celebrating his birthday in Dubai this year. It is rumored to be an extremely private affair with his wife Neetu Singh, son Ranbir Kapoor, daughter Riddhima and son-in-law Bharat being present.
The original chocolate hero
“Little Raju” of Mera Naam Joker who mesmerized the audiences with his charming innocence turned into an overnight superstar and the chocolate lover boy, barely three years later with ‘Bobby’. He sizzled the screen by creating epic romances with his lead ladies for the next two decades to come. Movies like ‘Kabhi Kabhi’, ‘Karz’, ‘Chandni’ still reflect his lover boy persona. Post 1990s, Bollywood saw the rise of many new younger breed of actors. And this was the cue for Kapoor to move on into character mould roles more suited for his age. Rishi Kapoor has managed to age gracefully into roles of greater caliber and experiences, fitting remarkably well into roles which are essentially more character based.
Through ups and downs over the last four decades, he has been thoroughly loved by his audiences, respected by the critics and appreciated by all and sundry. Here’s KoiMoi compiling his best works.
Top Songs of Rishi Kapoor –
1) Hum Tum Ek Kamre mein Band Ho (Movie : Bobby; 1973)
2) Humne Tumko Dekha (Movie : Khel Khel Mein; 1975)
3) Dard-e-Dil (Movie : Karz; 1980)
4) Main Shayar Toh Nahin ( Movie : Bobby; 1973)
5) Chandni O Meri Chandni ( Movie :Chandni; 1989)
6) Om Shanti Om (Movie : Karz; 1980)
7) Saagar Kinare (Movie : Saagar; 1985)
8) Purdah Hai Purdah (Movie : Amar Akbar Anthony; 1977)
Top Romantic Films of Rishi Kapoor :
His debut movie became a cult teenage romantic film of all times. The movie narrates the story of a rich Bombay boy- Raj, falling for a lower middle class Christian girl – Bobby; and how their love thrives despite all odds.
Khel Khel Mein (1975)
Starring Neetu Singh and Rakesh Roshan, this movie interestingly tells the tale of three teenagers who play a prank which turns into a dramatic disaster.
Kabhi Kabhi (1976)
Remembered as one of Bollywood’s classic romantic films, this movie has multiple plots. And yet, young Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh play their story to an ultimate perfection. Rishi Kapoor in this film is desperately trying to win back his lady love, Neetu.
Smitten by his love for Chandni, played by Sridevi, life seems to be all hunky dory blossomed with love for Rishi Kapoor and Sridevi. Then, there is a massive accident and the happy couple’s love is tested.
Ravi and Kajal fall in love and are happily married until disaster strikes them and their relationship falls apart. The pain and the passion portrayed by Kapoor, in the film is commendable.
Top Character Role Films –
Do Dooni Chaar (2010)
This movie won him the Filmfare Critics’ Award for Best Actor. The plot is about a simple middle class family dealing with the consumerist world and pressures of inflation. The comic hint of the film was the USP.
It was Rishi Kapoor’s first stint at playing a negative role. He was an absolute perfectionist at playing underworld drug mafia leader, Rauf Lala which impressed his critics winning him accolades.
Love Aaj Kal ( 2009)
Love doesn’t die, it just changes form over the years. When life gets tough, we all run back to our shelter of love. Kapoor plays an Old Sikh restaurant owner who persuades a young, impulsive lover to go get his love back, giving example of his own love story and how he wooed his lady love.
Also, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, Harper Collins India has announced Rishi Kapoor’s autobiography which is due to release in 2013. Kapoor has been a witness to the cinematic excellence of his family and has lived up to the name of his khaandaan by creating a self carved name for himself over four decades of bumpy ride in Bollywood. Our entire team joins together in wishing this veteran actor a Very Happy Birthday and wishes him success in all his future endeavors.