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From Bobby to Chandni: A look at some of Rishi Kapoor's most-loved films

Updated : 2020-04-30 15:29:05

People will always remember Rishi Kapoor as the 'King of Romance'. His passing has created a void today as most of his films redefined the foundation of Bollywood films. From 'Bobby' to 'Do Dooni Chaar', he was a versatile actor that could slip into any character with his individualistic style. His good looks, gentleness and overall appearance attracted a great following. Rishi Kapoor's movies have always been critically acclaimed for his seamless acting but let's not forget the songs he gave us. "Main Shayar Toh Nahi", "Dafliwale", "Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Bandh Ho", "Tu Tu Hai Wahi", "Om Shanti Om" and the list of his film songs will just go on. His art and films will always be remembered across generations. Rest in peace Rishi Kapoor!

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away on Thursday morning after he was admitted to Mumbai’s HN Reliance Hospital on Wednesday. The death of the Bollywood legend, coming less than a day after actor Irrfan Khan’s demise, sent shockwaves across the country. Rishi Kapoor had returned to India last September after undergoing treatment for cancer in the US for almost a year. Kapoor is survived by his wife Neetu Singh and children Riddhima Kapoor and actor Ranbir Kapoor. (Image Source: Reuters)
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away on Thursday morning after he was admitted to Mumbai’s HN Reliance Hospital on Wednesday. The death of the Bollywood legend, coming less than a day after actor Irrfan Khan’s demise, sent shockwaves across the country. Rishi Kapoor had returned to India last September after undergoing treatment for cancer in the US for almost a year. Kapoor is survived by his wife Neetu Singh and children Riddhima Kapoor and actor Ranbir Kapoor. (Image Source: Reuters)
Karz (The debt) is a 1980 Indian Hindi-language reincarnation thriller film, directed by Subhash Ghai, starring Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim as leads, also starring Simi Garewal, in the critically acclaimed role of Kamini Verma, the murderous wife from the past life. The film has given successful numbers like 'Dard-E-Dil' and 'Om Shanti Om' by Laxmikant Pyarelal. The soundtracks of this film was a trendsetter for disco music in the Indian music industry. (Image Source: Mukta Arts Ltd)
Karz (The debt) is a 1980 Indian Hindi-language reincarnation thriller film, directed by Subhash Ghai, starring Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim as leads, also starring Simi Garewal, in the critically acclaimed role of Kamini Verma, the murderous wife from the past life. The film has given successful numbers like 'Dard-E-Dil' and 'Om Shanti Om' by Laxmikant Pyarelal. The soundtracks of this film was a trendsetter for disco music in the Indian music industry. (Image Source: Mukta Arts Ltd)
Yeh Vaada Raha is a 1982 Hindi romance film starring Rishi Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon, Tina Munim, Rakhee Gulzar and Shammi Kapoor. It is based on Danielle Steel's novel and made into the American film The Promise. One of the famous songs from this film, sung by Asha Bhosle was 'Tu Tu Hai Wahi', which is on everyone's lips even today who've adored Rishi Kapoor on-screen. After all, he wasn't called the industry's romantic hero for nothing. (Image Source: Rose Movies)
Yeh Vaada Raha is a 1982 Hindi romance film starring Rishi Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon, Tina Munim, Rakhee Gulzar and Shammi Kapoor. It is based on Danielle Steel's novel and made into the American film The Promise. One of the famous songs from this film, sung by Asha Bhosle was 'Tu Tu Hai Wahi', which is on everyone's lips even today who've adored Rishi Kapoor on-screen. After all, he wasn't called the industry's romantic hero for nothing. (Image Source: Rose Movies)
A 1973 Indian musical romance film, Bobby was a hit for Rishi Kapoor early on in his life. Directed by Raj Kapoor, this film starred his son Rishi, in the leading role, opposite Dimple Kapadia in her debut role. The songs- 'Main Shayar Toh Nahi' and 'Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Bandh Ho'  were the songs from this movie. The film became a blockbuster, the top-grossing Indian hit of 1973, the second-top-grossing hit of the 1970s at the Indian box office, and one of the top 20 highest-grossing Indian films of all time. It also became an overseas blockbuster in the Soviet Union, where it drew an audience of 62.6 million viewers. Bobby introduced to Bollywood the genre of teenage romance with a rich-versus-poor clash as a backdrop.  (Image Source: R.K. Films)
A 1973 Indian musical romance film, Bobby was a hit for Rishi Kapoor early on in his life. Directed by Raj Kapoor, this film starred his son Rishi, in the leading role, opposite Dimple Kapadia in her debut role. The songs- 'Main Shayar Toh Nahi' and 'Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Bandh Ho'  were the songs from this movie. The film became a blockbuster, the top-grossing Indian hit of 1973, the second-top-grossing hit of the 1970s at the Indian box office, and one of the top 20 highest-grossing Indian films of all time. It also became an overseas blockbuster in the Soviet Union, where it drew an audience of 62.6 million viewers. Bobby introduced to Bollywood the genre of teenage romance with a rich-versus-poor clash as a backdrop.  (Image Source: R.K. Films)
Amar Akbar Anthony is a 1977 Indian action comedy film, starring Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor opposite Shabana Azmi, Parveen Babi and Neetu Singh in the lead roles. The plot focuses on three brothers who are separated at childhood and adopted by three families of different faiths—Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. They grow up to be a policeman, a singer, and an owner of a country liquor bar, respectively. The film earned Rs 155 million in India, and became the highest-grossing Indian film of that year. The film about religious tolerance became a landmark for Bollywood masala films, building on the masala formula pioneered several years earlier with Nasir Hussain's Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973). Amar Akbar Anthony also had a lasting impact on pop culture, with its catchy songs and one-liners from the characters. It won several awards at 25th Filmfare Awards including Best Actor, Best Music Director and Best Editing. (Image Source: Wikipedia)
Amar Akbar Anthony is a 1977 Indian action comedy film, starring Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor opposite Shabana Azmi, Parveen Babi and Neetu Singh in the lead roles. The plot focuses on three brothers who are separated at childhood and adopted by three families of different faiths—Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. They grow up to be a policeman, a singer, and an owner of a country liquor bar, respectively. The film earned Rs 155 million in India, and became the highest-grossing Indian film of that year. The film about religious tolerance became a landmark for Bollywood masala films, building on the masala formula pioneered several years earlier with Nasir Hussain's Yaadon Ki Baarat (1973). Amar Akbar Anthony also had a lasting impact on pop culture, with its catchy songs and one-liners from the characters. It won several awards at 25th Filmfare Awards including Best Actor, Best Music Director and Best Editing. (Image Source: Wikipedia)
The evergreen song 'Dafliwale' defines the film Sargam. Filmed in 1979, the drama film was written and directed by K. Viswanath. It was a remake of his earlier Telugu film Siri Siri Muvva (1976). Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics. Mohd. Rafi sang all seven songs, three of them were duets with Lata Mangeshkar, including the famous song,
The evergreen song 'Dafliwale' defines the film Sargam. Filmed in 1979, the drama film was written and directed by K. Viswanath. It was a remake of his earlier Telugu film Siri Siri Muvva (1976). Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics. Mohd. Rafi sang all seven songs, three of them were duets with Lata Mangeshkar, including the famous song, "Dafliwale", "Koyal Boli Duniya Doli" and "Parbat Ke Us Paar".  The film became a huge success at the box office and took the top spot at the box office in 1979. It made Jayaprada a sensation and a star overnight in Hindi Cinema, and she also earned her first Filmfare nomination as Best Actress in Hindi cinema. (Image Source: Wikipedia)
Prem Rog (Love Sickness) is a 1982 Bollywood romantic film directed by Raj Kapoor. 'Ye Galiyan Yeh Chaubara' was sung by Lata Mangeshkar which is still on the lips of many, even today. The film tells the story of a man's love towards a woman who is a widow and of a higher status. The film is considered a classic work by the director Raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor returned to social themes with this film. The film earned high critical acclaim. Prem Rog was listed by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of its top ten
Prem Rog (Love Sickness) is a 1982 Bollywood romantic film directed by Raj Kapoor. 'Ye Galiyan Yeh Chaubara' was sung by Lata Mangeshkar which is still on the lips of many, even today. The film tells the story of a man's love towards a woman who is a widow and of a higher status. The film is considered a classic work by the director Raj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor returned to social themes with this film. The film earned high critical acclaim. Prem Rog was listed by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of its top ten "Most Romantic Films Ever". (Image Source: R.K. Films)
Chandni will be known to all moviebuffs for the famous jodi on-screen, Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor. The 1989 Indian romantic musical drama film, directed and produced by Yash Chopra. The film stars Sridevi as Chandni Mathur, a young effervescent woman who is torn between two suitors. Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor. Chandni released to widespread success, grossing ₹27.02 crores, becoming the third highest-grossing Indian film of 1989, whereas it's soundtrack became the best selling album of the year as well as the decade with more than 10 million copies sold. The huge success of the film and its soundtrack were instrumental in ending the era of violent action films in Indian Cinema and rejuvenating the romantic musical genre. Chandni is hailed as one of the greatest Indian films of all time and one of Chopra's finest movies. (Image Source: Yash Raj Films)
Chandni will be known to all moviebuffs for the famous jodi on-screen, Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor. The 1989 Indian romantic musical drama film, directed and produced by Yash Chopra. The film stars Sridevi as Chandni Mathur, a young effervescent woman who is torn between two suitors. Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor. Chandni released to widespread success, grossing ₹27.02 crores, becoming the third highest-grossing Indian film of 1989, whereas it's soundtrack became the best selling album of the year as well as the decade with more than 10 million copies sold. The huge success of the film and its soundtrack were instrumental in ending the era of violent action films in Indian Cinema and rejuvenating the romantic musical genre. Chandni is hailed as one of the greatest Indian films of all time and one of Chopra's finest movies. (Image Source: Yash Raj Films)
Damini is considered a cult feminist film and is still regarded as an all-time classic female oriented film and important for portraying women empowerment in cinema. The pathbreaking film was praised for breaking social taboos and handling the subject of rape with sensitivity; a rarity in Bollywood at the time. Besides being critically acclaimed, the film became the sixth highest grossing of the year and was declared a
Damini is considered a cult feminist film and is still regarded as an all-time classic female oriented film and important for portraying women empowerment in cinema. The pathbreaking film was praised for breaking social taboos and handling the subject of rape with sensitivity; a rarity in Bollywood at the time. Besides being critically acclaimed, the film became the sixth highest grossing of the year and was declared a "hit" at Box Office India. The 1993 Indian Hindi-language crime drama film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi starring Meenakshi Seshadri in the title role alongside Sunny Deol, Rishi Kapoor, Amrish Puri and many others. The story is about how a woman fights against society for justice. The film is considered to be one of the best women-centric films ever made in Bollywood. (Image Source: Wikipedia)
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