Rishi Kapoor married his longtime girlfriend Neetu Singh in 1980. The two stars featured together in several movies and were one of the most sought after couples of Bollywood. But if it were not for Kapoor’s sister Ritu, the two lovebirds would have never taken their relationship to the next stage.
In his biography, Khullam Khulla, Kapoor dedicated a chapter to his wife Neetu where he mentioned how he was hesitant of telling his parents about Neetu. But his father Raj Kapoor was aware of his love for Neetu, and it was his sister Ritu who ‘plotted’ his engagement in Delhi.
“Although my brothers knew, my parents knew, and pretty much the whole world knew, I could never voice my intentions to Neetu or to them. I wasn’t even sure if I was ready for marriage. I was twenty-seven years old and still living with my parents in Chembur. Given how committed we were to each other, nobody could fathom why I wasn’t popping the question. How could they know that I was battling a million demons in my head?” the Bobby actor wrote in his book.
Kapoor was apprehensive of marrying Neetu because he doubted an actor’s longevity in Bollywood after marriage. “I often think I may never have married Neetu, or we may have got married much later than we did, if it weren’t for my sister Ritu. Left to myself, I may never have taken our relationship to the next level,” Kapoor noted.
“I hadn’t a clue that Ritu had been plotting and planning along with my friends Gogi (film-maker Ramesh Behl) and Ravi Malhotra (father of Karan Malhotra, the young director of Karan Johar’s 2012 film Agneepath). At the airport in Mumbai, as I waited to board my flight, I met Saira Banu and Dilip Kumar, who asked me where I was going. When I told him I was headed for Delhi to attend an engagement, Dilip sa’ab joked, ‘Don’t pull a fast one on me. Aren’t you going there to get engaged yourself?’ How prophetic Dilip sa’ab’s words turned out to be,” read an excerpt in Khullam Khulla.
Neetu Kapoor turns 63 today. Rishi Kapoor passed away last year after a long battle with cancer.