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Rishi Kapoor’s Daughter To Drive 1,400 Km To Mumbai Amid Lockdown, Shares Emotional Note- “Until We Meet Again, Papa”

“Papa, I love you. I will always love you – RIP my strongest warrior,” read an excerpt from Riddhima’s post

New Delhi: 

Actor Rishi Kapoor’s daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni has been given permission to travel by road to Mumbai amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Riddhima Kapoor, 39, who is married to an industrialist and stays in Delhi, had reportedly asked the Union Home Ministry last night for permission to fly to Mumbai by a chartered flight.

Rishi Kapoor, 67, died in Mumbai this morning after a long battle with cancer. His wife, actor Neetu Kapoor, and son Ranbir Kapoor are in Mumbai.

Sources say Riddhima Kapoor was told permission to fly could only be given by Home Minister Amit Shah. As an option, she asked to be allowed to drive to Mumbai in a group of five.

“She sought permission late at night. We had it within minutes,” a senior police officer told NDTV. Delhi Police has always given permission in such circumstances, he said. She will now travel by road and is expected to reach Mumbai after a 1,400 km-journey, which roughly takes 24 hours.

Riddhima Kapoor posted a moving farewell on Instagram: “Papa I love you I will always love you – RIP my strongest warrior I will miss you everyday I will miss your FaceTime calls everyday! Until we meet again papa I love you.”


Riddhima Kapoor posted a moving farewell on Instagram

Flights, trains and inter-state travel have been banned during the lockdown to slow the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 in the country.

Yesterday, over a month into the shutdown, the centre allowed the movement of stranded migrants, students and tourists desperate to return home.

Others are allowed to travel by road in case of emergencies, with special passes.

One of India’s most beloved actors, Rishi Kapoor had been in hospital in the last few days. His older brother Randhir Kapoor confirmed the news of his death.

This is the second loss for the film fraternity in as many days. Yesterday, another acclaimed actor, Irrfan Khan, died of cancer at 53.

In a statement, Rishi Kapoor’s family said he would like to be remembered by his fans with a smile and not with tears.

“In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force. He would not have it any other way,” said the family.

Rishi Kapoor’s daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni’s heart-wrenching post for her father will make you tear up. The 67-year-old actor died in Mumbai on Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer. “Papa, I love you. I will always love you – RIP my strongest warrior,” read an excerpt from Riddhima’s post. “I will miss you every day. I will miss your FaceTime calls every day! Until we meet again papa, I love you,” Riddhima captioned the father-daughter selfie she shared on Instagram. Riddhima, who is a jewellery designer, lives in New Delhi with her husband, industrialist Bharat Sahni, and daughter. She has been granted permission to drive from New Delhi to Mumbai, a distance of 1,400 kms, to be with the Kapoors.

Take a look at Riddhima’s post for father Rishi Kapoor:

In separate Insta stories, Riddhima wrote, “I miss you already, come back na Papa” and “Wish I could be there to say goodbye to you Papa.

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Riddhima Kapoor applied to be allowed to travel to Mumbai on Wednesday night. “She sought permission late at night. We had it within minutes,” a senior police officer told NDTV. It will take her 18 hours to make the journey by road to Mumbai. India is currently in lockdown against the coronavirus until May 3. In a statement released after Rishi Kapoor’s death, the family appealed to fans to respect lockdown rules.

Rishi Kapoor’s wife Neetu Kapoor, who was pictured being driven out of hospital on Thursday, shared the family statement on her Instagram with the folded hands emoji. Neetu Kapoor accompanied her husband to New York where he spent nearly a year being treated for cancer.

Here’s an excerpt from the family statement, which is an endearing tribute to the late actor: “He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him.”

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