Neetu Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor’s love story is no less than a romantic Bollywood movie. The two met on the sets of their first film together, Zehreela Insaan (1974) and became friends. Neetu was 14 and had begun taking baby steps into the industry while Rishi was already an established actor. Neetu eventually fell in love with the most person who irritated her the most and Rishi, too, reciprocated the same feelings. The two got married in 1980 and have two kids, Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor Sahni. The veteran actress recently shot for an episode of Indian Idol 12. Though she celebrated Rishi’s achievements and memories, she couldn’t hold back her tears while recalling how they fell in love with each other.
Neetu went down the memory lane to talk about how Rishi professed love to her in a unique way. She also revealed that before they got into a relationship, she used to help Rishi impress other girls. “I was Rishi’s wing woman and always helping him in impressing girls, until we started dating. Rishi found me very cute and sweet and we used to call each other Bob,” she said. She added that it was actually through a telegram that he confessed his feelings for her. “He was in Paris whereas I was in Kashmir, shooting, and suddenly I got a telegram from Rishi saying he misses me and loves me,” she said.
Neetu shared the anecdotes about her relationship with Rishi on Indian Idol 12 when contestants Danish and Nachiket performed on the late veteran actor’s hits, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Chookar Mere Man Ko, which was filmed on Neetu along with Amitabh Bachchan. She was very impressed with the performance. “Today in Danish’s performance, I could see a glimpse of Rishi because even he used to perform like you, with soul and heart. Even your looks are very similar to Rishi,” Neetu said.
She also became emotional when veteran actors such as Jeetendra, Rakesh Roshan and Prem Chopra shared their memories with Rishi in video messages. The veteran actress put up a brave face, fighting back tears on her first outing on TV without the late actor.
Neetu and Rishi, had worked together in films like Khel Khel Mein, Rafoo Chakkar, Kabhie Kabhie, Amar Akbar Anthony, Duniya Meri Jeb Mein, Zehreela Insaan, Zinda Dil, Doosara Aadmi, Anjane Mein and Jhoota Kahin Ka.
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