Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor, who lost his father, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, in April 2020 recently revealed that his uncle Randhir Kapoor has been suffering early signs of dementia and has been asking for his late brother. Speaking to NDTV, Ranbir revealed that Randhir, after watching Rishi’s final film Sharmaji Namkeen, has been asking to call the latter to praise him for his performance.
Ranbir shared, “My uncle Randhir Kapoor, who is going through an early stage of dementia… came to me after the film and said, ‘Tell dad that he is amazing, and where is he? Let’s call him’. Art crosses boundaries of medical conditions… And a good piece of storytelling really embodies that.”
Speaking about his bond with his late mother and siblings, veteran actor Randhir had shared in a 2021 interview with Times of India, “The last year has been a very sad time in my life. Sad is really a modest word here; worst would be apt. In a matter of 10 months, I lost both my darling brothers- Chintu (Rishi Kapoor) and Chimpu (Rajiv Kapoor). Also, I lost my mother (Krishna Kapoor) and sister (Ritu Nanda) in the last two-and-a-half years.”
He added further, “We, my three brothers and two sisters, were extremely close to each other. Chintu, Chimpu, and I interacted with each other every day. Chimpu lived with me and Chintu either came to the office on the days that he wasn’t shooting or spoke to me on the phone. We didn’t need anybody when we three were together. We were a very happy circus by ourselves. We were a robust crowd! All that is over. There’s not a single day that I don’t think about them. One year may have passed but there’s not a single day that I don’t think about them. Life will never be the same again.”
Rishi passed away at the age of 67 after a two-year-long battle with cancer. His final film, Sharmanji Namkeen, is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. The film also stars Juhi Chawla and Paresh Rawal. The latter shot parts of the film that Rishi could not complete due to his ill health and eventual passing.