Rishi, Neetu in CanadaBy Eye TV India Bureau
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Five of Indian cinema’s brightest stars came to the Powerade Centre in Brampton City, Canada, as a five-part series that focuses on Bollywood. The series features in-depth conversations with superstars - Kareena Kapoor, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Boman Irani and Karisma Kapoor. The first of the five part of the Indian Cinema in Conversation took place on Sunday, May 6 with the legendary actor, director and producer Rishi Kapoor, and his actor wife Neetu Kapoor. The real life couple spoke about their incredible lives and journey through Indian cinema. In the flower town of Canada, an audience of about 500 people not only had the opportunity to listen to personal stories of the Kapoor dynasty but also had the privilege to listen to the actor known for his romantic films “main shayar to nahin”, a song from his popular film Bobby (1973). Rishi recalled that his first movie was at the age of two, where he walked along with his two siblings- Randhir & Ritu in the rain, across the road, for the song, “pyar hua ikrar hua” in Shree 420 (1951). He remembered that legendary actress Nargisji had to bribe him with chocolate to do the scene as he already had his star tantrums.
Wearing a beautiful black and white Sabyasachi saree, Neetu Kapoor said that her coming back in ‘Do Dooni Char’ was only possible because Rishi insisted that she read the script. She admits that having him, as her co-actor in the film was great as she would not be comfortable with anyone else! She lived a protected life ever since she got married. She also answered questions about her son and current Bollywood hearthrob, Ranbir Kapoor. The doting mom said she is a very concerned mother. Ranbir is her rock star and he is great. But he needs to be disciplined time and again about his food and sleep habits. Making comparisons between Indian and international cinema, Kapoor said there were two reasons for Hollywood’s immense impact on a film lover’s psyche: that English is a universal language with a larger outreach and film-budgets are generous and therefore there is a lot that can be spent on making a film.
The conversation went on with some personal and some professional stories for about an hour and half, the audience members sent questions on a card, on stage. OMNI TV host Mohit Rajhans and Sushmita Rao gracefully moderated the panel. Doors opened at 6:00pm when Tandoori Flame served buffet dinner and the evening of entertainment began with a fashion segment by Dinesh Ramsay, son of well-known late Bollywood producer Keshu Ramsay, followed by performances of singer Ali Quli Mirza and dances by children from Shiamak Davar’s school that performed to songs filmed on the Kapoor couple.
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