Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt paid homage to the veteran actor Rishi Kapoor who passed away on Thursday. She took to her Instagram page and shared the statement issued by Rishi Kapoor’s family confirming his death.
Alia is Rishi Kapoor’s son Ranbir Kapoor’s girlfriend. As Rishi Kapoor and his wife accepted them, Alia has a good relationship with the Kapoor family.
According to reports, Alia paid last respects to Rishi Kapoor at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital on Thursday morning.
"Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am IST in hospital today 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."
"He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears.
In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force.
He would not have it any other way," went the statement from Kapoor's family.
Rishi Kapoor belongs to the illustrious Kapoor family of Bollywood, widely known as first family of Hindi films. Son of late iconic actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, his uncles Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor were stars, too, as have been his brothers Randhir and Rajeev Kapoor in their time.
Rishi Kapoor is survived by wife, actress Neetu Kapoor, daughter Riddhima and son Ranbir.
(with added inputs from IANS)