His first brush with film was at the age of 3. It was a cameo in the song Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua in his father Raj Kapoor’s film Shree 420 (1955). At 18, Rishi Kapoor had already won the National Award for Best Child Artist for his debut role in Mera Naam Joker (1970). From Bobby (1973) to Mulk (2018), Chandni (1988) to Kapoor And Sons (2016), Rafoo Chakkar to Love Aaj Kal (2009), Damini (1993) to D-Day (2013) Rishi Kapoor with over 120 films in his 50-year glorious career bequeaths us with an enormous legacy and a void hard to fill. His exhaustive and inimitable body of work across genres is proof.
He, along with Amitabh Bachchan, was probably the only Bollywood actor, who continued to build upon a legacy even at a later stage of his career, while giving actors this generation a run for their money.
Nothing sums up his loss better than how Karan Johar put it today. “He was our childhood.”
As we mourn the passing away of one of Indian cinema’s greatest actors, here’s a look back at some of the rarest pictures of the inimitable actor: