Today, April 30 will be etched into the Bollywood history books as the day the film industry lost a great actor – Rishi Kapoor.

The star, who fought the brave fight against cancer, breathed his last at a city hospital early Thursday morning, sending another wave of grief over the nation. His death announcement came a day after the sudden demise of fellow Bollywood star Irrfan Khan.

At a time when fans and friends were grieving his loss, there were a few who found comfort in the memories he left behind through his great body of work. Interestingly, it so happens that 27 years ago, the actor’s film, ‘Damini’ released on this very day.

Co-starring Meenakshi Seshadri and Sunny Deol, the film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi is considered as one of the actor’s finest works. In what went on to be considered as a cult feminist film, it saw Rishi play the role of a businessman who falls in love and marries Damini played by Meenakshi. However, things go awry when she witnesses her brother-in-law sexually assaulting their house help. With the family trying to cover up the assault, all roads finally take Damini to a drunken lawyer played by Sunny Deol.

Although there is no denying that Sunny had some hard-hitting dialogues, it was Rishi’s performance as a helpless husband that was best appreciated.

Fans also took to social media to share their best moments from the film and also reminisce the good old days by sharing some throwback photos.

Rishi’s co-star, Sunny Deol today expressed his shock about the actor’s passing by sharing a monochromatic image from the film. He tweeted, “Shocked by the untimely demise of Rishi Kapoor. A great co-star and a good friend. My thoughts and prayers with his family. You will be sorely missed”


Son of Bollywood’s showman Raj Kapoor and his wife Krishna Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor is survived by wife Neetu and children Ranbir and Riddhima.


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By vinayak