Guwahati: Rishi Kapoor’s cremation was held at Chandanwadi Crematorium in Mumbai around 4 pm amid the nationwide lockdown. His son Ranbir Kapoor led the hearse carrying the late actor. Rishi Kapoor’s mortal remains were brought from the HN Reliance Hospital to the Chandanwadi Crematorium in Marine Lines, Mumbai, where a few of his family members were present.
On a usual day, all of Mumbai would have turned up to bid their favourite actor, Chintu Kapoor, a fond farewell. But the nationwide lockdown restricted that number to only 20 people, all family members and friends of the Kapoors.
Only a few members of the Kapoor family and friends were allowed to attend the cremation. The list includes the late actor’s wife Neetu Kapoor, sister Rima Jain, Manoj Jain, Armaan Jain, Aadar Jain, Anisha Jain, Rajeev Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Dr Tarang, Ayan Mukerji, Jai Ram, Rohit Dhawan and Rahul Rawail. Ranbir led the hearse, as girlfriend Alia followed in her car.
Rishi’s daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni couldn’t attend the cremation as the country is under a lockdown and movement is restricted. No flights or trains are running, and Riddhima will be able to reach Mumbai only tomorrow. Kapoor Sahni sought a special pass from the police, and she is driving down to Mumbai from Delhi today.
Rishi Kapoor breathed his last Thursday morning in Mumbai’s HN Reliance Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday morning.
According to a statement issued by his family, Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am in hospital on Thursday after a two-year battle with leukemia.
“The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last. He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him,” the statement read.
In a career spanning over four decades, Rishi Kapoor starred in iconic films including Bobby, Karz, Chandni, Kabhi Kabhie and Kapoor & Sons.