David Dhawan on Rishi Kapoor: 'In Rishi I've Lost a True Friend and Collaborator'
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David Dhawan on Rishi Kapoor: 'In Rishi I've Lost a True Friend and Collaborator'

David Dhawan, one of Rishi Kapoor's closest friends pays tribute to the late actor

"Chintu(Rishi Kapoor) and I were  much more than  professional  collaborators. Of course we did five films together…which other director has done five films with  Chintu?  But  more than this, we were friends. Our families were friends. My elder son Rohit and Chintu’s son Ranbir are very close friends. My  wife Laali and Chintu’s wife Neetu are  close friends. We attend all the functions in each other’s families.”

David gets emotional as he recalls his times with Rishi.  “I have been crying since morning when I heard the news of his going. I couldn’t believe it. And to nake it worse,we couldn’t attend his funeral. This is  the worst punishment God could have given us. Aur kitni imtihaan lega Bhagwan  hamara?”

Of  the  five films David has done with Rishi Kapoor, he is the fondest of Bol Radha Bol. “That film was so much fun to shoot. Me, Chintu, Juhi Chawla, Kader Khan …we all had a riot  shooting it. And the  film was a superhit. The song Tu tu tutu tara was a chartbuster. The thing about Rishi was, he was a clean-hearted mooh-phat insaan. Jo dil mein woh zubaan pe. He was famous for his plainspeaking. But he  had such a clean heart. I am going to miss him. It is sad when  friends start going away. It reminds  one of one’s own mortality.”

David remembers  Rishi’s struggle with cancer. “He struggled so much. But he  never allowed anyone  to  feel his pain. He came  back from New York after treatment and all seemed well. But then this disease  can strike you any time. We fear  coronavirus so much when there  so many other diseases on the prowl.”

David has started  taking care of his own health. “It’s thanks to my sons Rohit and Varun who have  made sure I  eat and exercise properly. They are sometimes harsh with me. But I  know it’s for my own good.”

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