After veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away aged 67 on April 30 after battling leukemia for two years, celebrities the world over have shared their stories and experiences with the later actor. Now, global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas has penned an emotional tribute for the legendary actor.
Earlier, she had also posted on Instagram a picture of herself with late actor Rishi Kapoor and his wife, Neetu Kapoor. She had captioned the photo, “My heart is so heavy. It is the end of an era. #Rishisir your candid heart and immeasurable talent will never be re-encountered. Such a privilege to have known you even a little bit. My condolences to Neetu mam, Ridhima, Ranbir, and the rest of the family. Rest in peace, Sir #rishikapoor.”
Assuring the family that they are not alone in these difficult times, Priyanka Chopra wrote, “The world grieves with you… The loss of Rishi Kapoor is the end of an era for Hindi cinema, but his contribution to films will always be an inspiration for generations to come.”
The global actress also lauded Rishi Kapoor’s “effervescence and flamboyance,” and Priyanka Chopra went on to say, “From his first leading role in 1973’s Bobby, he was the keeper of our hearts, ushering in a new era of romance in Hindi movies… His charisma was in his extraordinary smile, one that made his fans go weak in the knees. And when he danced, he made us all want to jump up and join him.”
“I had the privilege of working with him in ‘Agneepath,’ in which he played a fierce, no-holds-barred character, someone to hate rather than love,” she added.
Priyanka Chopra remembers Raj Kapoor’s dialogue that “the show must go on.”
Priyanka wrote that Rishi Kapoor’s death “is the end of an era for Hindi cinema” but remembered the late actor’s father Raj Kapoor, who once said in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ film that “the show must go on.”
She then concluded her article by writing, “To your beautiful family, Neetu Ma’am, Riddhima and Ranbir: the world grieves with you… I’m so grateful for having had the opportunity of knowing you personally as well – your honesty, your laughter, your zest for life. That’s how I’ll always remember you.”