We have been waiting a while for a Rishi Kapoor update on Twitter. He read our minds and dropped a tweet that will warm your heart. A little backstory always helps, and here it is. The 64-year-old actor made his debut in Bollywood with 1970’s cult film Mera Naam Joker, which starred and was directed by father Raj Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor was then 18 and played the younger version of his father’s iconic character in the film, Raju the clown. As the young Raju, Rishi Kapoor obsessed over his teacher Mary, played by Simi Garewal and his performance is considered integral to the film, which tanked at the box office when it released but has gained cult status since. Raj Kapoor himself cited Mera Naam Joker as the favourite of his films. Fast forward 46 years – Kapoor And Sons (2016) is Rishi Kapoor’s latest film, in which he starred as the eldest member of a fictional Kapoor family – a nonagenarian grandfather.
In between Mera Naam Joker and Kapoor And Sons, remains 46 years’ worth of films. It took Rishi Kapoor just one juxtaposed picture and a few words to summarise his journey.Mera Naam Joker, regarded as Raj Kapoor’s ‘misunderstood masterpiece,’ boasted a cast of notables like Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra and Dara Singh. South star Padmini and Russian actress Kseniya Ryabinkina played the women the grown Raju gave his heart, and his clown doll, to. The soundtrack of Mera Naam Joker was composed of hit songs like Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan, Jaane Kaha Gaye Who Din, Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo and Kehta Hai Joker.
Kapoor And Sons’ ensemble cast includes Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak..phew. Here’s the first look of the movie:
Rishi Kapoor is admired for films like Bobby, Rafoo Chakkar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Doosra Aadmi, Saagar, Karz, Chandni, Damini – Lightning and Yaraana. His resume also includes more recent films like Student of the Year, Agneepath, All Is Well and Sanam Re. The Kapoor family – Rishi, wife Neetu and son Ranbir – co-starred in 2013’s Besharam.