Rishi Kapoor has declared that he is cancer free but another last round of treatment remains where he has to go through a bone marrow transplant. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Rishi Kapoor said that he is "grateful for the gift of life" and added: "My eighth month of treatment started on May 1 in the US. But God has been kind! I am in remission, meaning now I am cancer-free." However, he still needs a bone-marrow transplant, which should take another two months. "I will have to do a bone-marrow transplant which in all probability should take another two months minimum," Rishi Kapoor added.
The 66-year-old actor thanked his fans and family members for keeping him in their prayers. "Being in remission is a big thing and it's all because of my family and my fans prayers and duas that have worked. I thank them all," he was quoted as saying.
He also acknowledged that his wife stood by him in full support during the time he was struggling with his disease. “Neetu has stood by me like a rock. Otherwise I am too difficult a person to handle as far as food and drink are concerned,” he told Deccan Chronicle.
Rishi Kapoor has been stationed in New York for the last few months, ever since his illness was revealed. During this time, several Bollywood stars met him and spent time with him including Alia Bhatt, Sonali Bendre (who herself was undergoing treatment) among others.