Top 10 Movies of Rishi Kapoor

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Top 10 Movies of Rishi Kapoor

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A third generation actor, Rishi Kapoor had a lot to live up to…grandson of the iconic Prithviraj Kapoor, son of the legendary Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, indeed has an impeccable lineage.  Bollywood box office is not partial to the legacy as it is to performance…success is bestowed only on those who deliver and Rishi Kapoor did just that.  Not resting on the laurels of his father and grandfather, Rishi Kapoor has been able to carve a niche for himself, and forty years down the line he continues to impress and entertain us.  The top 10 movies of Rishi Kapoor have to be.

10. Luck By Chance

Who says age takes its toll on everything…Well, Rishi Kapoor proved that some things only get better with age! Even in a supporting role as film producer Rommy Rolly, Rishi Kapoor is indeed hilarious yet believable!  With Juhi Chawla, his much younger heroine from Bol Radha Bol days playing his wife, Rishi is able to caricaturize yet convey a sense of reality to his portrayal of a Bollywood producer.  Sharing screen space with Dimple Kapadia, his first heroine, Rishi Kapoor delivers an outstanding performance.  Zoya Akhtar’s directorial debut indeed is among Rishi Kapoor’s best movies…You’ll know why when you see it.

Luck By Chance

9. Do Dooni Chaar

With this 2010 Arindam Chaudhary film, Rishi Kapoor proved yet again that he is among the best actors in Bollywood. After a gap of 30 years the real life couple and the most successful Star Jodi of the 70s, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh Kapoor are back on the screen.  Playing age appropriate roles, the two are great as a much married middle-class couple with the age-old issues that many such families face.  The comfort that a much married couple share is easily visible onscreen in this hit movie.  As an underpaid teacher who has to face moral dilemmas to realize his simple dream, Rishi Kapoor is outstanding.   For his extraordinary performance, he received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.  Vintage Rishi, a must-see, family drama!

Do Dooni Chaar

8. Mera Naam Joker

Playing Raju, the younger version of Raj Kapoor in this classic, Mera Naam Joker, Rishi Kapoor was outstanding. The talent was evident from this debut performance itself, as he won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist…an assertion of his acting talent.  Playing the teenage Raju, who has infatuation for his teacher, Mary (Simi Garewal), Rishi Kapoor is able to convey the vulnerability and awkwardness of the teenage dilemmas in a marvelous way.  The role offers quite a challenge to a young Rishi as he has to convey many emotions and he does so very convincingly.  At the end of his role, you are bound to be touched by his sensitive portrayal.  If you want to catch Rishi Kapoor at his innocent best, this is the movie for you!

Mera Naam Joker

7. Amar Akbar Anthony

Rishi Kapoor could easily stand his own ground in this Manmohan Desai multi-starrer. Rishi Kapoor as Akbar Allahabadi the youngest of the three brothers in Amar Akbar Anthony is totally endearing.  The mark of a good actor is when he can be convincing in a role and film that are larger than life…and Rishi Kapoor does this with style in this movie.  With Neetu Singh playing his lady love yet again, Rishi Kapoor’s qawwali “Parda hai parda” became a chart buster.  The funny number “Tayyab ali pyaar ka dushman” also was very popular.  Rishi Kapoor’s act as the pan-chewing old tailor with shaky hands is hilarious to say the least.  Well, it is true indeed when the three brothers sing “Anhonee ko honee karde”…we know, Rishi Kapoor can carry off any role brilliantly!  Watch this fun film for its sheer entertainment value!

Amar Akbar Anthony

6. Prem Rog

If you thought Rishi Kapoor played only light romantic movies, where the spotlight is always on him, then you are quite mistaken. Rishi Kapoor as Devdhar in this social drama directed by Raj Kapoor was a classic movie and a blockbuster hit at that.  Even in a movie that was quite heroine-centric, Rishi Kapoor walked away with a lot of critical acclaim.  With Padmini Kolhapure playing Manorama a rich Rajput girl who fails to realize her love for Devdhar, Rishi Kapoor was heart-warming as the love-sick young man.  When he hums “Main hoon prem rogi” the audiences will only love that frank admission and when he laments “Meri kismet mein tu nahin shaayad”, he has our full empathies.  A love story with a social message, Rishi Kapoor is his serious best in the emotional and dramatic scenes.  With Shammi Kapoor, Nanda and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in important roles, this movie is a must watch!

Prem Rog

5. Saagar

The spark was still there, for all to see! Well, the lead pair Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia still had sparks flying between them as the gentle waves of the ocean forms the picturesque backdrop to their beautiful love story. The movie is a love triangle with Kamal Hassan essaying the role of Raja, childhood friend of Mona (Dimple Kapadia) and of course, Rishi Kapoor playing the role of Ravi a rich guy.  Dimple as Mona is ethereally beautiful and Rishi as Ravi is extremely dashing.  As they gently sing “Sagar kinare dil e pukare” the audiences sighed and of course, when Rishi charmingly strums his guitar and sings “Chehra hai ya chand khila hai”, his spell was cast in a million hearts!  Watch this beautiful movie and enjoy the amazing acting by one and all!

Saagar

4. Hum Kisise Kum Nahin

Rishi Kapoor as the romantic hero is unbeatable in this 1977 super-hit movie. He was indeed right, when he warned charmingly “Bachna ae haseeno, lo main aa gaya”…but few could resist his charisma… His son Ranbir Kapoor tried to replicate the impact of this song on the young girls when he did the same number in the movie titled Bachna Ae Haeeno…well, we don’t have to say who did better…the older Kapoor of course, undoubtedly.  In the qawwali number “Hum kisise kum nahin” he indeed indisputably established himself as the romantic hero of all times.  Kaajal Kiran, Tariq and Zeenat Aman played other central roles in this hit movie.

Hum Kisise Kum Nahin

3. Bobby

When he crooned, “Main shaayar toh nahin”, none agreed and a whole nation of young girls were swept off their feet! Rishi Kapoor made his debut as the leading man in this movie and of course, his father Raj Kapoor who directed this movie couldn’t have given him a better role.    Rishi Kapoor as the rich Raj Nath who falls for the poor anglo-Indian Bobby Braganza (Dimple Kapadia’s debut) forms the crux of the story.  A typical teenage romance, the movie starring the young and fresh lead pair became a huge blockbuster hit.  Rishi as teenage Raj was just perfect and his role won him the Filmfare Best Actor Award.  The movie had some very popular numbers like “Hum tum ek kamre mein band ho”, “Jhoot bole kauva kate” picturized on Rishi and Dimple.  The onscreen pairing of Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia became much talked about and their onscreen chemistry continued to mesmerize in much later movies as well.  This is one of Rishi Kapoor’s landmark movies, so watch this and feel the magic!

Bobby

2. Khel Khel Mein

If you thought college movies are the fad now, then Rishi Kapoor was indeed the trendsetter, in this movie based on three college students. Rishi Kapoor as Ajay a college student is indeed outstanding.  Paired with Neetu Singh, who later became his wife, the movie was a huge hit.  Rakesh Roshan and Ifteqar are among the supporting cast.  The hit pair of Rishi-Neetu was totally bubbly and bright in the “Khullam khulla pyaar karenge hum dono” and the “Ek main aur ek tu” numbers.  The movie essentially a thriller, yet it gave Rishi the platform to carry off his romantic hero image.  Only an actor of his caliber can carry off the romantic scenes, fun-filled prankster acts and the more serious overtones that the character undergoes, all with ease and confidence. Watch this movie to see the Rishi-Neetu magic come alive onscreen!

Khel Khel Mein

1. Karz

Rishi Kapoor as Monty in this Subhash Ghai movie is simply amazing. He plays a musician who is haunted by images from his past life and is absolutely brilliant enacting them.  Even to date, Monty in Karz is considered to be among the most incredible roles in Hindi cinema.  The movie is a classic today and has been the inspiration for many movies, most notably, Om Shanti Om (Shahrukh starrer).  When Himesh Reshammiya tried to recreate the magic of that role in the remake, Karzzzz, the movie flopped very badly…only reasserting the fact that there can only be one Monty and that is Rishi Kapoor!  With Tina Munim playing his lady love Tina, the movie was an edge of the seat thriller with emotional drama, romantic songs and of course, Rishi Kapoor’s inimitable dance steps.  The chart buster number,  “Om shanti om” with Rishi Kapoor in silver colored attire grooving on the revolving disc became a huge hit.  Who can replicate the ease with which Rishi Kapoor waltzed his way into our hearts!  A must watch…nothing to beat the original…Go for it…an all time Rishi Kapoor best!

Karz

Conclusion

Romancing heroines like Dimple Kapadia, Neetu Singh, Sridevi, Padmini Kolhapure and Juhi Chawla, Rishi Kapoor indeed established himself as the evergreen romantic hero.  Re-inventing himself with time and age he has made his mark in almost every genre of Hindi films.  We can only hope that he continues to entertain us in many movies more!

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