It has been almost a year since Bollywood’s evergreen heartthrob Rishi Kapoor passed away. The actor passed away on April 30, 2020 after battling cancer for two years. His death broke the hearts of many of his fans, friends and colleagues. Even today, he is remembered as the golden boy of Hindi cinema, who won everyone’s hearts with his singing, dancing and acting on the silver screen. People also remember him for his no-holds-barred attitude which he showed well in his biography Khullam Khulla – Rishi Kapoor Uncensored. He was one of the few people in the industry who was not afraid to speak his views openly.
In his memoir, Kapoor was brutally honest about his personal and professional life. While many actors today prefer not to discuss their personal lives, Rishi wrote openly about his relationship with his wife Neetu Kapoor. She mentioned that she was a woman who ‘reconciled’ with him despite having a tough husband. Many times when he was failing in films, he blamed his wife. In addition, he refused to work in Yash Chopra’s 1976 film Kabhi Kabhi, as Neetu had a meatier role than him. He mentioned in his book, “I felt that Neetu played a more prominent role than me. So I told Yash Chopra, if you want me to do a film, then give me the role of Neetu. Naturally, Yash-ji was confused. Later Shashi Kapoor intervened and Rishi did the film.
For Rishi Kapoor, sometimes, the reason for rejecting KV was not just Neetu Kapoor. The actor also wrote about a ‘lingering issue’ with Amitabh Bachchan.
“To go back to Amitabh, I must confess here that there is still an issue with Amitabh Bachchan. One of the major disadvantages of working in an all-star film in those days was that everyone only wanted to make action films, which automatically meant that the star who could execute the action with the most flair, got the non-vegetarian part. will get. As such, with the exception of Occasionally, which was a romantic film, none of the multi-stars I screened were writer-supported roles for me. And it wasn’t just me. Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna also faced it, ”Rishi Kapoor wrote in Khullam Khulla.
“Amitabh is undeniably a brilliant actor, extremely talented and, at the time, the number one star who ruled the box-office. He was an action hero with an angry young man. Therefore roles were written for him. Although we may be small stars, we were no less actors. Nevertheless, the rest of us had to constantly measure it. We had to work hard, really toil ourselves for the match. In my time, the musical / romantic hero had no place. Amitabh was an action hero in the era of action films. As such, the writers gave him the lion’s share and he had official roles in almost all his films. This gave us an advantage over the rest of the people, we had to make our presence felt by whatever we got. But this is something that Amitabh never accepted in any interview or book. He never gave due credit to the actors who have worked with him. He has always credited his writers and directors, Salim-Javed, Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Yash Chopra and Ramesh Sippy. “
Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor shared screens in films like Kabhi Kabhi (1976), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Naseeb (1981), Kuli (1983) and Ajuba (1991). They came together after 27 years in the 2018 film 102 Not Out.