Bollywood romantic hero Rishi Kapoor dies at 67

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Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor

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Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor, famous for his romantic roles, died of cancer at the age of 67.

He was part of the Kapoor dynasty of actors who long dominated Bollywood, the Hindi film industry.

The actor caused a sensation in 1973 with his first lead role in Bobby – a teenage love story.

He played the romantic role in dozens of movies for more than two decades, after which he successfully transitioned to character roles.

Rishi Kapoor made his debut as a child actor in 1970 in his father Raj Kapoor’s film Mera Naam Joker.

Several of his films in the 80s and 90s – Khel Khel Mein, Karz and Chandni – became massive box office successes.

He had a second coming in this decade, playing interesting character roles and cameos in short films.

The actor died a day after the death of Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan.

Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and returned to India last September after a year of treatment in New York.

He was taken to hospital Wednesday morning after complaining of breathing difficulties, his brother Randhir Kapoor told Press Trust of India.

Tributes were paid to Kapoor by fellow actor and politicians from Bollywood.

Amitabh Bachchan, who has worked in several successful films with Kapoor, tweeted: “He’s gone ..! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just died .. i am destroyed! “

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also tweeted about his death: “This is a terrible week for Indian cinema, with the death of another legend, actor Rishi Kapoor. We will miss him a wonderful actor, with a big fan following the generations. “

Kapoor himself has also been prolific on Twitter, frequently commenting on controversial issues and sometimes engaging in passionate interaction with people on the social media platform.

His last tweet was a call to people not to attack medical personnel on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus by saying: “We must win this war together”.

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