Mera Naam Joker released in 1970. In Raj Kapoor’s magnum opus, a podgy Rishi Kapoor played a boy infatuated with a schoolteacher. The performance fetched him a National Award. His 50th year in the profession, 2020, began with a pandemic.

But the timeless actor continued to be in demand. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and spent many months in a US hospital. But no sooner was he back in Mumbai than a major movie project — a Hindi remake of the Robert De Niro-Anne Hathaway starrer The Intern featuring him opposite Deepika Padukone — was announced. Rishi Kapoor died …






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