Rishi Kapoor's top 10 films
Here’s looking at the ageless entertainer’s 10 best films:
'Mera Naam Joker' (1970): This is where Rishi Kapoor's astounding journey as a star-actor began. Playing an adolescent who has a serious crush on his school teacher (Simi Garewal), Rishi, at 14, won his first National Film Award. Looking at his performance, under father Raj Kapoor's direction, even today you feel that he got the confusions of sexual awakening in his character dead right.
'Bobby' (1973): From here onwards Rishi's struggle to make his presence felt in heroine-oriented film began. Whether it was 'Bobby' or 'Barood' (1976), the directors focused on the heroine, while Rishi made his presence felt as best as he could. While Dimple Kapadia played the author-backed role in 'Bobby', Rishi was amazing in his confidence level while portraying the rich, introvert and neglected child of irresponsible parents.
'Rafoo Chakkar' (1975): Delightful in drag, Rishi simply stole the show with Paintal playing his farcical foil. And yes, wife Neetu Singh was around too. Narendra Bedi directed this enjoyable desi version of 'Some Like It Hot'. Amazingly, decades later Paintal son Hiten Paintal played Rishi's son Ranbir's pal in 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' (2008). But the chemistry was not the same.
'Laila Majnu' (1976): One of Rishi's greatest performances. As the legendary lover, he absolutely lived the pain, agony and suffering of the character in the sand dunes of Rajasthan. H.S. Rawail directed this film. Madan Mohan songs like “Barbaad-e-mohabbat ki dua saath liye ja” were put across by Rishi with intense passion. Simply breathtaking.