Sunday, May 3, 2020

Rishi Kapoor & Irrfan

This gone week saw the  shocking and sad demise in quick succession ,of  Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor , the two very popular and talented actors of Indian Cinema. Both had had stunning film career . While Rishi Kapoor restricted himself to Bollywood, Irrfan had forays into  Western ventures, with success. Before Irrfan, among male actors, Om Puri , Shashi Kapoor, and Syed Jafri  had registered their presence in  Western Cinema . The late I.S.Johar had also appeared in Lawrence of Arabia . 
While Rishi Kapoor happened to be a third generation film actor from the iconic Kapoor clan and had acting in his genes, Irrfan khan was from a Non- film background. Frankly speaking I didn't get to see much of their acting. It was a chance and unplanned  watching of  Rishi Kapoor- Ranjeeta starrer  Laila Majnu, 7-10 show at the Ritz, Shimla in 1976. The next I saw Rishi Kapoor was in Amar Akbar Anthony . Rishi enchanted in both .
Irrfan Khan I saw first of all in a TV serial, in which Vanya Joshi also acted. I am forgetting the name of the serial. Irrfan's large expressive eyes, subdued voice and nuanced acting impressed me in that serial also. He was also seen in the TV serial Chandrakanta. His iconic movie Pan Singh Tomar invited wide acclaim. Post death, TV channels threw much light on their real and reel life both. Irrfan Khan being younger had much of acting left in him unutilized but destiny had ordained otherwise.
The Indian Film industry has lost two of the most lovable talents .
Humble tributes to both !

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