Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor The first meeting took place on the sets of Toxic Man (1974). Their pairing was popular and they also acted in films like Kabhi (1976) and Dooya Aadmi (1976). They dated briefly before marrying on January 22, 1980. The late veteran actor in his 2017 autobiography shared a story about his elder sister Ritu Nanda who brought Neetu into the family and got them engaged. Rishi revealed in his book that he was too scared to tell his parents, filmmaker Raj Kapoor and his wife Krishna Raj, that he was even dating someone. Also read: Neetu Kapoor remembers Rishi Kapoor in an emotional post.
But thanks to his sister, he didn’t have to. This is how he arranged things. Rishi Kapoor Surprised at his own busyness. In her autobiography, Rishi shared that she was not able to tell her parents that she wanted to marry Neetu. He wrote, “Looking back, I wonder if I should have seen a psychologist to sort out my feelings. I often wish I had never married Neetu, or that we would have gotten married. It would have happened much later than ours, if it had. If not for my sister Rito, left to myself, I might never have taken our relationship to the next level.”
Sharing the day of his engagement, the actor had revealed that he had gone to Delhi to attend a function for his sister’s family and had returned himself engaged. He recalled in the book Khulam Khala: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, “I had no idea that Ritu, along with her friends Gogi (filmmaker Ramesh Bahl) and Ravi Malhotra (Karan Malhotra’s father, Karan’s young director Kar was scheming and planning. Johar’s 2012 film Agneepath) At the Mumbai airport, while I was waiting to board a flight, I met Saira Banu and Dilip KumarWho asked me where I was going. When I told him that I was going to Delhi to attend an engagement, Dilip Sahib joked, ‘Don’t fast on me. Aren’t you going to get engaged there?’ How prophetic were the words of Dilip Sahib.”
It turns out that Ritu had also invited Neetu and her mother for the engagement. Rishi’s family took matters into their own hands as they took him and Neetu to the mandap to exchange the rings. But since everything was last minute, the ring on Rishi’s finger, with ‘R’ on it, was actually Ravi’s. Furthermore, he needn’t have worried because his father had welcomed Neetu into the family that day.
The couple had two children, daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and son Ranbir Kapoor, who like his parents went into acting. Rishi was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018 and later moved to New York City for his treatment. He passed away on 30 April 2020. Neetu made a posthumous comeback to films with Jag Jag Jeev (2022).
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