Veteran Actor Rishi Kapoor passed away in the night intervening between 29th and 30th April 2020. The very talented and admired human being and a great lead actor, Rishi Kapoor, is truly missed by all his fans alike. At Pakaoo, we opine that Rishi Kapoor’s career can clearly be divided into three distinct phases.

At the beginning of his career, he was a Chocolate Boy and a Lady’s heartthrob, acting in films like Bobby, Karz, Amar Akbar Anthony, and others charming his way into the hearts of millions of women alike. In the mid-career, Rishi Kapoor played the leading roles, but the real leader of his films were the heroines or his co-actors that he was paired with. Sridevi in Chandni, Juhi Chawla in Bol Radha Bol, Meenakshi Sheshadri in Damini, Padmini Kohlapuri in Prem Rog, Madhuri Dixit In Prem Granth, heck, even Amitabh Bachchan in Kabhie Kabhie, Coolie and Ajooba, all films in which Rishi fully supported his co-actors.

In the last decade, the Rishi Kapoor who came onscreen was different. He was free. Free of any stereotype or viewer expectation. And that is when he truly shined as an Actor. Who can forget the surprise he through at his fans with his loath-worthy yet powerful performance as Rauf Lala of Agneepath( 2012)? Or the strict Patriarch in Patiala House? Mulk – No words to explain the restraint he unleashed on screen in the courtroom scenes. That speech!

As our tribute to the legend, here is a summary of some of his finest work, also available on various OTT Platforms:

  1. Bobby

Pakaoo Rating – 8/10

Platform: Google Play

Why Stream?

Young love was never this vulnerable, never so pure and never so fresh. Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia on screen, were fire. Remembered for their performances and the opposition of a fisherman’s daughter in a rich boy’s family, Bobby brought out the social dynamics of that era and immortalized the Chocolate Boy that was Rishi Kapoor.

Genre: Romance, Young Love, Class Divide

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Aruna Irani, Pran, Prem Nath, Prem Chopra

Director: Raj Kapoor

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Theatre Release: 1973.

2.  Karz

Pakaoo Rating – 8/10

Platform: Zee5, Jio Cinema

Why Stream?

Re-birth for revenge, a story unimaginable and yet, so acceptable on the silver screen. Who can forget Simi Grewal as the spiteful wife who murdered her own husband in cold blood, only to be haunted by his reincarnated self ( Rishi Kapoor) and sought retribution for her wrong doing. Not a typical story even by the standards of those times and that is what makes Karz a standout film, both for its unique story as well as performances by Rishi and Simi.

Genre: Revenge, Rebirth

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Simi Grewal, Raj Kiran, Tina Munim

Director: Subhash Ghai

Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Theatre Release: 1980

3. Mulk

Pakaoo Rating – 8.5/10

Platform: Zee5

Why Stream?

Rishi Kapoor – Taapsee Pannu starrer Mulk (2018 Theatre Release) is a hard-hitting Social Drama Series which bring to discuss some of the unstated, lesser discussed, rolled under the carpet until the next riot issues, that plague our country today – Social and Religious Prejudice, Racism and decades old xenophobia against a minority community.

Also brought to fore is the dilemma of a parenthood done wrong and regrets associated with it. A never before role for Rishi Kapoor, in which he shines, esp in the courtroom scenes when asked, “ कैसे साबित करेंगे की आप एक सच्चे मुस्लमान हैं?”

Genre: Social Prejudice, Minority Community

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Manoj Pahwa

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Theatre Release: 2018

4. Prem Rog

Pakaoo Rating: 7.5/10

Platform: Not available on any OTT

Why Stream?

The societal wrath brought to fore on Devdhar ( Rishi Kapoor) trying to bring happiness into the life of a widowed Manorama ( Padmini Kohlapore). The Film underlines the social prejudice for a woman who has lost her husband early in her life and the wrongful behaviour of her near and dear ones towards her.

Genre: Social Prejudice

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Padmini Kohlapore, Shammi Kapoor, Nanda, Raza Muraad, Tanuja

Theatre Release: 1982

Director: Raj Kapoor

5. Agneepath (2012)

Pakaoo Rating – 7/10

Platform: Google Play

Why Stream?

The remake of the hit Amitabh Bachchan starrer by the same name, Agneepath (2012) justified the strong emotions associated with the original, also backed by some very powerful performances by its Actors. Rishi Kapoor stood out as Gang Lord Rauf Lala, a Kajal eye lined, despicable antagonist character one could never expect the chocolate boy romantic to be ever cast as.

Genre: Revenge, Action

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra

Theatre Release: 2012

Director: Karan Malhotra

6. Saagar

Pakaoo rating: 7/10

Platform: Google Play

Why Stream?

Who can forget the sizzling chemistry that Rishi and Dimple shared onscreen in Saagar. Kamal Hassan in the sidelines as the unrequited lover, oh man, what a love triangle. Saagar exemplified the caste divide and sacrifice of love. Rishi Kapoor helped his co-star’s performance and characters stand out bright and tall.

Genre: Romance, Unrequited Love

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Haasan, Dimple Kapadia, Saeed Jaffrey

Director: Ramesh Sippy

Theatre Release: 1985

7. Khel Khel Mein

Pakaoo Rating: 8/10

Platform: Not available on OTT

Why Stream?

If you ever wanted to know why Rishi married Neetu or vice-versa, this is the movie that will answer that. The energy that this couple shared on-screen is a class apart. Neetu clearly is the yin to his yang. And for that, this movie will always stand out as a testament to the relationship that this couple stood for. Strong and vibrant.

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Rakesh Roshan, Aruna Irani

Director: Ravi Tandon

Theatre Release: 1975

8. Chandni

Pakaoo Rating – 8/10

Platform: Google Play

Why Stream?

Can your light be just right , so that your co-actors shine in its reflection? Rishi Kapoor supported Chandni ( Sridevi) in just the right manner. Struggling to choose between her first love and right man, Chandni is shown to be both vulnerable and strong at the same time.

Director: Yash Chopra

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Sridevi, Vinod Chopra, Waheeda Rehman

Theatre release: 1989

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