Bollywood mourns the loss of two legendary actors
by Sonia Jamil
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor died in Mumbai on April 30 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 67. Long before Shah Rukh Khan became the king of Bollywood romance, there was Rishi Kapoor who taught a generation how to love and court women with style. He started off as a child actor in the movie Mera Naam Joker, where he played the young version of his father Raj Kapoor. Over the years, he was one of the leading names in Bollywood, with notable films like Bobby, Amar Akbar Anthony, Karz, Damini, Saagar, Aap Ke Deewane and Chandini. Eventually he continued doing supporting roles in many movies alongside new-genration actors. He also took up negative roles and justified them effortlessly in movies like Agneepath and D-day. He was set to star with Deepika Padukone in the remake of the Hollywood film, The Intern.
Indian National Award-winning actor and cancer warrior Irrfan Khan, whose films are par excellence in seamless acting, also died in Mumbai on April 29; at the age of 53, after battling a medical complication arising from colon infection. Khan was that proverbial chameleon on the big screen; he could take up any role and portray it with utter conviction. Whether it was playing an ageing bachelor in a film like Piku or playing a cold-blooded villain in Haasil. In his latest film Angrezi Medium, Irrfan proved that despite his illness, he did all the heavy lifting without breaking into a sweat. His prominence was seen all the way in Hollywood as well, he was seen blockbuster movies such as Jurassic World, Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire and The Amazing Spider-Man.