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Neetu Kapoor gets reflective about 2020, talks about losing Rishi Kapoor and getting support from Ranbir, Riddhima


Actor Neetu Kapoor is saying goodbye to 2020 with an emotional post. The year was a ‘roller coaster’ ride for her after she lost her husband, actor Rishi Kapoor in April, was diagnosed with Covid-19 but also made a comeback to acting last month with her film Jug Jugg Jeeyo.

Neetu shared her reflections about the year, sharing throwback pictures with Rishi and her children, Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor Sahni. “2020 was quite a roller coaster!!! When YOU left I felt like a deer caught in the headlights not knowing where to go … #jjj was cathartic at that time as it gave me something to look forward to !!! Then Covid happened I could have never gone thru so much without my cuties. Thank you both for holding on #RnR #jugjuggjeeyo,” she wrote.

 

Neetu got support from her friends and followers on sharing the emotional note. “My heart breaks every time I read your captions,” wrote makeup artist Mickey Contractor. Maheep Kapoor left a heart emoji while Ranbir’s girlfriend Alia Bhatt ‘liked’ her post.

Neetu, Ranbir, Riddhima and Alia are all on a vacation to ring in the New Year together. They were spotted at the Kalina airport in Mumbai on Tuesday morning. Riddhima’s husband Bharat Sahni and daughter Samara also joined them. It is not known where the group has flown to.

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Jug Jugg Jeeyo also stars Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Prajakta Koli and Anil Kapoor. Taking about it, at the start of the shoot, Neetu had written: “My first flight, in these scary times !! Nervousss for this journey !! While Kapoor Sahab, you aren’t here holding my hand, I know you are with me .. #RnR thank you for encouraging me to do this.. #jugjuggjeeyo P.S. – We are all Covid tested and safe, hence removed mask while taking picture.” Neetu’s last release was 2013’s Besharam, which also starred Ranbir and Rishi.

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Neetu Kapoor shares Rishi Kapoor’s pic from Mera Naam Joker: ‘Today would have been his 50 years in Indian film industry’


Actor Neetu Kapoor took to Instagram to share a special commemorative picture of her husband late Rishi Kapoor. She mentioned how he would have completed 50 years in the Indian film industry.

Sharing it, she wrote: “Mera naam joker released on 18th dec. 1970 .. today would have been his 50 years in the indian film industry #rishikapoor.” The picture was a collage from Rishi as a child star in Mera Naam Joker to his most recent avatar. It showed the gradual change in the kind of films he did too – from social drama, romantic films and finally powerful character roles. Karan Johar, who helped Rishi rediscover himself in a negative role with Agneepath, commented: “My absolute favourite actor of all times.” Manish Malhotra dropped a number of heart emojis.

 

Neetu’s various posts show her struggle with her loss. On her father-in-law late Raj Kapoor’s birth anniversary, she posted a throwback picture from the time of her wedding and had written: “Remember n miss both of them !!!”

Back in June, she had shared another throwback with Rishi, as middle-aged couple, and had written: “Big or small We all have a battle to fight in our heads you may have a huge house with all the luxuries and still be unhappy whereas have nothing n be the happiest it’s all a state of mind !! All one needs is a strong mind n hope for a better tmrw !!! Live with gratitude ,hope ,work hard !!!! Value your loved ones as thats your biggest wealth.”

Sharing another throwback from their younger days, she had written: “Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye.Cheerio, here I go on my way. With a cheer, not a tear, in your eye. Give me a smile, I can keep for a while. In my heart while I’m away.” In the time after Rishi’s death, her kids – Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and Ranbir Kapoor – have been her pillars of strength.

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Neetu signed up for a film after a long time with Jug Jug Jeeyo, which also stars Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani. She was getting back to films after a gap of nearly eights years and was clearly apprehensive about facing the camera. The film’s shoot began in November in Chandigarh. Earlier this month, Neetu, Varun and the film’s director Raj Mehta tested positive to coronavirus, while Anil and Kiara did not. The duo have since recovered and the team will reportedly re-assemble in Chandigarh on December 19 to shoot the remaining portion of the film.

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Anupam Kher gets emotional on meeting Neetu Kapoor without Rishi Kapoor: ‘Our shared tears made bond of those moments stronger’


Anupam Kher got emotional as he met Neetu Kapoor in Chandigarh, where she is shooting for her upcoming film, Jug Jug Jeeyo. He reminisced about their meetings in New York with her husband, the late Rishi Kapoor. Rishi died in April after a two-year battle with leukemia.

Taking to Instagram, Anupam shared old photos of the three of them together. “Dearest @neetu54!! Meeting you last night in Chandigarh without #RishiJi triggered off so many memories of us together in New York. Our shared tears made the bond of those moments stronger. These pics are a reminder of how #ChintuJi had a larger than life persona,” he wrote.

“I am so happy that you are working. You have made him the happiest person by doing so. We, your friends are always there for you. Remember ‘There are some relationships which are like a pause button on a tape recorder. They always start from where you left them!’ Love and prayers. #Memories #Pics #ChintuJi @riteishd @geneliad,” he added. One of the pictures also featured Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza.

 

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Earlier, Neetu, who is returning to the big screen with Jug Jug Jeeyo after several years, shared a behind-the-scenes photo from the sets and revealed that she was ‘feeling a little scared’. In the caption, which was addressed to Rishi, she wrote, “Back on set after so many years. To new beginnings and the magic of the movies. I feel YOUR love and presence. From mom, to Kapoor Sahab, to Ranbir always being with me .. now I find myself all by myself, feeling a little scared but I know you are always with me #JugJuggJeeyo #RnR.”

Jug Jug Jeeyo also stars Anil Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Varun Dhawan and Prajakta Koli. Neetu was last seen in the 2013 film Besharam, which also starred Rishi and their son, Ranbir Kapoor.

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Neetu Kapoor scared as she begins film shoot after years: ‘I find myself all by myself’


Actor Neetu Kapoor shared a picture on Monday and said she was scared of getting back to work after so many years. She shared a picture of herself getting ready for a shot for her upcoming film, Jug Jug Jeeyo.

Sharing the picture, which did not show her face, Neetu wrote: “Back on set after so many years. To new beginnings and the magic of the movies. I feel YOUR love and presence. From mom, to Kapoor Sahab, to Ranbir always being with me .. now I find myself all by myself, feeling a little scared but I know you are always with me #JugJuggJeeyo #RnR.”

 

Her post saw a number of her industry friends show their support for her. Actor Soni Razdan wrote: “Wish you all the best you’ll slip into it like a duck takes to water!” Manish Malhotra wrote: “Good luck you will fabulous.” Actor Sanjay Kapoor’s wife Maheep said: “All the best Neetu.” Karan Johar said: “Neetuji! We are all with you !!!” Sonali Bendre also sent her best wishes.

Karan Johar also shared a picture of the clapboard as the film started rolling on Monday. “Every elders blessing ….for a long and prosperous life #JugJuggJeeyo …the journey begins today…with your blessings,” he wrote in a tweet.

Anil had a word of encouragement for Neetu. He shared a picture of hers as Instagram stories and wrote: “So happy to have you back on set Mrs James. We all here for you and have full faith that you’ll take the screen by storm again! I’m super excited to be a part of the #JugJugJeeyo journey with you! @neetu54.”

Neetu has been in the process of healing after losing her husband Rishi Kapoor, earlier this year to cancer. It is her children, she said, who asked her to take up acting all over again. Sharing a picture with Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani, she wrote on Instagram: “My first flight, in these scary times !! Nervousss for this journey !! While Kapoor Sahab, you aren’t here holding my hand, I know you are with me .. #RnR thank you for encouraging me to do this.. #jugjuggjeeyo P.S. – We are all Covid tested and safe, hence removed mask while taking picture.”

She shared another picture, this time with co-star Anil, to wish fans on Diwali and adding how different this one felt. She wrote: “New experiences, everyday !! A very different Diwali this year, but grateful for how loved you are all making me feel Happy Diwali to one and all, let’s spread the light of joy and positivity!#jugjuggjeeyo.”

Over the last few months, Neetu’s posts on Instagram have reflected her state of mind. She had once written, sharing a throwback with Rishi, their kids - Riddhima and Ranbir and granddaughter: “How I wish this picture could remain complete as is.”

At another time, sharing a picture from their younger days, she had written: “Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye, Cheerio, here I go on my way, With a cheer, not a tear, in your eye, Give me a smile, I can keep for a while, In my heart while I’m away.”

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Rishi Kapoor’s daughter Riddhima remembers him on Diwali, posts pic from last year’s celebrations: ‘Miss you papa’


Late actor Rishi Kapoor’s daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni took to Instagram to share a post as she remembered her father on Diwali. She posted a picture from last year’s Diwali celebrations. Rishi died in April this year.

Taking to her Instagram Stories, she shared a picture and wrote: “Miss you papa.” She added hashtags #lastyearmemories #diwali2019 to define her post further. The picture showed Rishi dressed in a pink silk kurta and white pyjama while Neetu Kapoor was dressed in a green ethnic wear. Riddhima stood sandwiched between her parents.

Riddhima and her famous parents.

Since his death in April this year, Riddhima’s Instagram page has become a memory wall dedicated to him. Many of her posts have been about her father and the time they spent together as a family.

Soon after his death, a heartbroken Riddhima had written in a post: “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! I wish I could be there to say goodbye to you ! Until we meet again papa I love you – your Mushk forever.”

Since then, Instagram Stories has been her choice for posting memories. In the aftermath of her father’s demise, she has also emerged as her mother’s pillar of strength. On Thursday, she also shared a picture with her mother, actor Neetu Kapoor, as she began shooting for a new film, Jug Jug Jeeyo, also starring Anil Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Varun Dhawan. Sharing the picture, Riddhima wrote: “All the best for the shoot maa!!! You will be fabbbb!! Love you! @neetu54.”

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Neetu shared a picture with the team near an aircraft and had written: “My first flight, in these scary times !! Nervousss for this journey !! While Kapoor Sahab, you aren’t here holding my hand, I know you are with me .. #RnR thank you for encouraging me to do this.. #JugJugJiyo. P.S. – We are all Covid tested and safe, hence removed mask while taking picture.”

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Neetu Kapoor remembers Rishi Kapoor as she embarks on first film since his death, says ‘I know you are with me’


Actor Neetu Kapoor is returning to work, almost seven months after the death of her husband, actor Rishi Kapoor. She has shared a picture with her co-actors from Jug Jug Jeeyo — Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani and Prajakta Koli — on Instagram, as they left for the shoot location together on a private jet.

Neetu also thanker her kids ‘RnR’ (Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor Sahni) for encouraging her to start working again. Sharing the photo, Neetu wrote, “My first flight, in these scary times !! Nervousss for this journey! While Kapoor Sahab, you aren’t here holding my hand, I know you are with me .. #RnR thank you for encouraging me to do this.. #JugJugJiyo.” None of the actors were seen wearing masks, but Neetu explained the reason behind it to her fans: “We are all Covid tested and safe, hence removed mask while taking picture.”

 

Neetu got wishes from many of her friends and Bollywood colleagues. Abhishek Bachchan wrote, “All the best. Good luck.” Sonali Bendre commented, “All the best! Sending lots of love.”

 

Rishi Kapoor died on April 30 this year. He had been battling leukaemia for almost two years and had even received treatment for it in US. After his death, Neetu got support from her children and friends. She often shares Instagram posts dedicated to Rishi.

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Prajakta, a popular YouTuber, is making her film debut with Jug Jug Jeeyo. She took to Instagram to share a picture with her parents before leaving for the shoot. “Going away for the next month to shoot something so nerve wrecking but exciting! Will miss my roomies so much. BRB, Mumbai,” she wrote. She will be seen in the Netflix series Mismatched this month.

The film is being helmed by Raj Mehta of Good Newwz and will also star Maniesh Paul. It will reportedly be shot in Chandigarh and Mumbai.

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Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor were being eyed for this remake, about a man and his terminally ill father


Actor Rishi Kapoor had expressed his desire to star in a remake of a Gujarati film alongside his son, Ranbir Kapoor. Rishi died earlier this year, weeks after talks had begun for him to appear in a remake of Gujarati film Chaal Jeevi Laiye.

A new report quoted a source as saying that Rishi had ‘loved’ the original film and had even convinced Ranbir to do the film with him.

Ritesh Laalan, CEO of the production company behind Chaal Jeevi Laiye told Bollywood Hungama, “Yes, we were planning to cast Rishi sir and Ranbir Kapoor in the Hindi remake. We initiated talks with Rishi’s manager in March, just before the lockdown. But everything went on a backburner due to the pandemic. And then sadly, Rishi sir passed away.” He said that talks with Ranbir hadn’t yet begun.

The duo previously starred together in the critical and commercial flop Besharam. Chaal Jeevi Laiye is about a workaholic man who takes his terminally ill father on a vacation, to fulfil his dying wish.

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Ritesh said that the story would have resonated with audiences, especially with Rishi and Ranbir on board. “It would have been a great casting coup. Viewers would have surely connected with the casting and the storyline more so when they would have seen both of them playing father and son. Not just viewers, even Rishi sir and Ranbir would have also been able to relate with the storyline,” he said.

Chaal Jeevi Laiye is the highest grossing Gujarati film ever, by a wide margin. It reportedly made between Rs 40 and 50 crore theatrically.

Rishi Kapoor’s final film in theatres was The Body. Ranbir, meanwhile, hasn’t appeared in a film since 2018’s Sanju. He has Brahmastra and Shamshera in the pipeline.

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Indian Film Festival of Melbourne to honour Irrfan, Rishi Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput with special screenings of their films


Late actors Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput will be honoured at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. As a part of IFFM’s tribute section, the festival will be screening Irrfan’s Song of Scorpion, Rishi’s 102 Not Out and Sushant’s Kedarnath this year.

In a statement, festival Mitu Bhowmick Lange, said, “Artistes live on through their legacy. These were some fine men who did some incredible movies that resonated with everyone. It was important for us to celebrate their memory. We handpicked some great films for our audience so that we relive a little bit of their lives with them. Their loss to the film industry is irrevocable but the magic of their movies will continue to entertain generations hereafter.”

Rishi’s 102 Not Out also starred Amitabh Bachchan as his father. Sushant’s Kedarnath was directed by Abhishek Kapoor and marked the debut of Sara Ali Khan. Song of Scorpion saw Irrfan reunite with his Qissa director Anup Singh and also starred Golshifteh Farahani.

Irrfan died on April 29 after a two-year battle with neuroendocrine tumour. Rishi died a day later on April 30 after battling cancer for a year. Sushant died by suicide on June 14.

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Irrfan was also paid a tribute by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts recently in their special video on hope. A scene featuring Irrfan from Ang Lee film The Life of Pi saw him talking about life and death. On his death, the Academy wrote in a tweet, “A mainstay of Bollywood cinema and incredible talent in films like Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Namesake, Irrfan Khan left his imprint on global cinema. An inspiration to millions, he will be greatly missed.”

The Golden Globes wrote, “Sad news: Actor IRRFAN KHAN passed away yesterday at the age of 53 in Mumbai, India. He had been hospitalized the day before with a colon infection. Irrfan Khan was best known to international audiences for his roles in films like Life of Pi, The Lunchbox, Puzzle, Jurassic World and the Golden Globe® winning Slumdog Millionaire. He first appeared on the big screen in the Golden Globe® nominated film Salaam Bombay. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.”

Irrfan’s last film was Angrezi Medium which released earlier this year but received lukewarm reaction due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rishi was last seen in The Body with Emraan Hashmi and Sushant’s last film–Dil Bechara–released post humously on Disney+ Hotstar in July to great fan reaction.

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Shammi Kapoor’s son recalls quitting Bollywood on the eve of Bollywood debut, says his ‘Guruji’ told him to ‘leave the film industry’


Late actor Shammi Kapoor’s son, Aditya Raj Kapoor, has recalled the chain of events that compelled him to quit the film industry, on the eve of making a Bollywood debut with his home banner — RK Films. He said that the death of his mother — actor Geeta Bali — left him scarred, and he decided to turn away from the career path that had been laid out for him.

In an interview, Aditya said that he took the advice of his ‘guruji’, whom he doesn’t identify, and never looked back, until circumstances forced him to return to the industry as a director.

“I was 17, I was a rebel without a cause and I was going to make my film debut,” he told SpotboyE. “Then I found my spiritual guru. And he told me those life-changing words – ‘Leave The Film Industry’.”

Aditya continued, “At that juncture when I was to be launched as a hero under the RK Banner right after Rishi (Kapoor) was launched in Bobby, I left. I was also assisting Raj Saab and preparing to be a film director. My father questioned my decision over and over again. But I was adamant. My Guruji instructed me to try my luck in entrepreneurship. He arranged for me to work with a shipping magnate Yogendra Madhav Lal, then Rajan Nanda. Then I started my own company. For 25 years I never looked at cinema. I stopped seeing films. The temptation to return to the industry never left me. Even after my Guruji’s death, I didn’t look back at the film industry. Only after I migrated to Dubai, did I return to movies.”

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He said that when he returned to Mumbai as a 52-year-old, his father was there, ready to take on the mentorship role he would have many decades earlier. “I became an actor…finally,” Aditya said. “My father watched every single shot of mine in promos, trailers, films. At the age of 76, he played the role of my career guide and mentor…a role he would’ve played when I was 19 had I not left the film industry. Now at my father’s funeral the entire Kapoor clan came together. The cycle was complete. My father allowed me to go wherever I wanted and do whatever I wished. Today I’ve allowed both my children the same freedom. My father wrote the manual for us to follow.”

Aditya has appeared in films such as Diwangi Ne Had Kar Di (2010), Isi Life Mein (2010), Say Yes to Love (2012) and Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (2011). He also appeared in Ashutosh Gowariker’s series, Everest.

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Randhir Kapoor says he misses brother Rishi Kapoor desperately: ‘We didn’t need anyone else if we were together’


Randhir Kapoor has expressed how much he misses his late brother Rishi Kapoor, who passed away in April this year. Randhir says the two required nothing in their lives when they were together and had same likes and dislikes.

Radhir has described Rishi as the best actor of their generation and said, “In the entire period of action era, ek aadmi chale ja raha tha apna jhanda leke (In the entire period of action era, one man continued to move forward with his own flag).”

Randhir was talking to ETimes about how he and Rishi were very close to each other and just loved each other’s company. He said, “It’s an emotional loss to me. We had many common likes and dislikes. We both were fond of good food and booze. We would often party by ourselves. We would call up each other and tell each other: ‘ Kya kar raha hai? Agar tum nahin aate ho, to chalo main aa jaata hoon (What are you doing right now? If you are not coming, I can come)’. When together, humko kisiki bhi zaroorat nahi thi (We needed no one else when we were together). We didn’t need a crowd to entertain us. I miss that. Hum waise hi khush-mijaz the. Hasi khushi kat rahi thi zindagi. Ab usmein se ek musafir utar gaya. Dekhen aage kya hota hai (We were very jolly and were happily living our lives. Now one passenger has finished his journey. Let’s see what happens now).”

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On being asked what the two would talk about during their food and drink sessions, he replied, “Anything and everything. And that’s simply because we were happy amongst ourselves. It could be even about space. We often travelled together, so sometimes that too.”

Rishi died on April 29 this year after a long battle with leukaemia. He is survived by wife Neetu, son Ranbir and daughter Riddhima.

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