On September 5, when Rishi Kapoor would have turned 69 had he lived, his close friend writer-director Rumi Jafry threw an intimate bash for his departed friend, where some of Rishi’s close friends and family joined in.
Rumi says, “We celebrated Chintuji’s 69th birth anniversary at our home with Neetuji, Shatrughan Sinha, Hanan Jafry, Anu Ranjan, Lali Dhawan, Shashi Ranjan, Mohini Chabria, David Dhawan, Pammi Gautam and Randhir Kapoor... With the sweetest cake my wife made with a dafli, a guitar, nagchampa agarbatti, Twitter symbol, his book, paya and a bottle of Black Label. Things that were close to his heart! He shall live forever in our hearts."
Recalling his long association with Rishi Kapoor, Rumi said, “I first met him when I was only 19. A mere child! I told him I wanted to be a writer. He laughed and said, ‘First experience life, love, pain, heartbreak, and suffering. Only then can you be a writer.’ Nonetheless I was determined. When Chintuji did Shriman Ashique (a remake of Shagird) the writer Kamlesh Pandey was too busy to do the dialogues. So Chintuji got me the job. We became friends for life."
"He gave an interview to Screen’s Ali Peter John where he said, 'I’ve met a very talented director called Raj Kumar Santoshi and a very talented writer called Rumi Jafry.’ Coming from him meant a lot. The entire industry sat up and took notice of me. There was no looking back. Rishi and Randhirji were both like my brothers. Krishnaji, their mother, treated me like a son. When my daughter got married last month in Hyderabad, Neetu ji and Randhir ji flew to Hyderabad for the occasion, though he is in poor health. There can never be another Rishi Kapoor. He was unique, unstoppable, yaaron ka yaar.”
Rishi Kapoor's wife Neetu Kapoor had also posted pictures from the bash on her Instagram stories.
Image source: Instagram/neetu54