The youngest Kapoor of his generation, Rishi Kapoor, turned 66 on September 4. People in the 70s and 80s have seen his golden era where he played the hero and danced to romantic songs. Things haven’t changed much; he’s still playing the protagonist and mesmerising the audience with his brilliant performances. His recent movies, Mulk and 102 Not Out, make us want to watch more of him on the silver screen. He has acted in more than 150 films so far and played the romantic lead in over 90 of them. Let’s take a trip down the memory lane and have a look at some movies which prove that Rishi Kapoor is the original ‘lover boy’ of Hindi cinema.
Rishi had stepped into Bollywood as a child actor, but Bobby was his first movie in a lead role. The audience loved the teenage love story of Raj (Rishi) and Bobby (Dimple Kapadia). Rishi charmed everyone with his chocolate boy looks. This blockbuster romantic movie was quite a trend-setter and went on to become the second-highest grossing hit of the 1970s. The lover boy of Hindi cinema had arrived!
This multi-starrer romantic drama is mostly known for its outstanding melodies. Vikram (Rishi) and Pinky (Neetu Singh) play love interests, and their on-screen chemistry is a treat to watch. Interestingly, while shooting for Kabhie Kabhie, lover boy Rishi’s heart was filled with love for Neetu. They got married after dating for five years and continue to remain a power couple in Bollywood.
A quintessential Bollywood drama with a plot based on reincarnation, Karz is among the best movies of Rishi Kapoor’s career. His role as Monty is remembered by the audience till date. Monty and Tina (Tina Munim) fall in love, and as the drama unfolds, Monty recalls his past life and takes revenge from the antagonists. Shahrukh Khan’s Om Shanti Om, released in 2007, was inspired from this film and reminded the viewers of the extravaganza that Karz was.
Directed by the greatest showman of Hindi cinema, Raj Kapoor, Prem Rog was a classic hit with a social message. Devdhar (Rishi) sacrifices his love for Manorama (Padmini Kolhapure). Later, he fights all odds to revive her happiness after she becomes a widow. Drawing inspiration from this story, there is apparently a TV soap going to be made soon. Prem Rog was widely appreciated by movie lovers and it remains a remarkable film in Rishi’s career.
The beautiful depiction of romance in this iconic movie rejuvenates our mind. Rohit (Rishi) and Chandni (Sridevi) create a great connect with the audiences, thanks to their love story which was full of emotion, pain and drama. The film’s soulful music and lovely locales effectively created the magic that is symbolic of a Yash Chopra movie. Chandni has been regarded as one of the greatest films of Indian cinema.