Rishi Kapoor: 5 Unusual Films Of the Actor You May Have Missed
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Rishi Kapoor: 5 Unusual Films Of the Actor You May Have Missed

Rishi Kapoor, in his long innings, has had his share of good, bad and terrible films. But he always excelled in each

In his super-prolific career Rishi Kapoor did a lot of junk  films.The movies were rancid  in their  demerits. But Rishi was never short of a miracle even in the films that insulted his incredible talent. Try these, and you’ll know what I  mean.

1.     Zehreela Insaan (1974):

Right after the gentle romance of BobbyRishi Kapoor pasted a mean moustache on his face and played  a  grey character, a rebel without a cause who can only be tamed by his beloved Masterji, played by Pran who played Rishi’s stern father in Bobby. Rishi falls in love with  two women.The first played by  Moushumi Chatterjee is forcibly married to a shady man. She ends up a sex worker. Watch Rishi's face when he meets her many years later and she tells him her story in the unbearably poignant Lata Mangeshkar song Arrey suno  kahani….  This was  the first  of the many films that Rishi  did with his  future wife Neetu Singh,  and the only one that ends in tragedy with the two committing suicide. This  film flopped for its grim tone. But worth rediscovering to see how versatile RK was from the start. One good thing about this film was the evergreen song O Hansini. 

2.     Rafoo Chakkar(1975):

Cross-dressing was not so hot in those days. Rishi took up the challenge  in this  unofficial remake  of  the  Jack lemmon-Tony Curtis starrer Some Like It Hot. Rishi and Paintal were a hoot in drag,travelling from Mumbai to Baroda with a bunch of girls. Years later Rishi’s son Ranbir teamed up with Paintal’s son  Hiten Paintal in Bachna Ae Haseenon. But the  sparks were missing.

3.     Duniya Meri Jeb Mein(1979):

Just the pleasure of watching Rishi Kapoor play his uncle Shashi Kapoor’s brother in this Tinu Anand action-romance is reason enough to watch the flop  film. Earlier the pair  played  son and father in Kabhi Kabhie. The action scenes are surprisingly watchable even now.

4.     Yeh Vada Raha(1982):

Ramesh Behl’s  desi adaptation of  Danielle Steel’s mushy novel The  Promise where  Poonam Dhillon returns after a car crash with Tina Munim’s face gets  a  ‘C’ for corny but also an  ‘A’ for  amiable. Rishi  could make  the most unbelievable look  believable om screen. He  made this bumpy journey  thoroughly enjoyable. The music of this film was amazing and it has now suddenly become all the more popular especially the beautiful melody, Tu Tu Hai Wohi. 

5.     Ek Chadar  Maili Si(1986):

Rajinder Singh Bedi’s classic short story  of a widow being married to her dead husband’s brother ten years her  junior, saw Rishi Kapoor shine in a women-centric film as he did repeatedly  thoughout  his career in Damini,Tawaif, Prem Rog, Henna and Saahiban. Give him a smaller peg and he would find  away to make  it large. Cheers to that.

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