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Riddhima Kapoor Sahni shares first look of Sharmaji Namkeen, thanks Paresh Rawal for portraying Rishi Kapoor’s character

Remembering Rishi Kapoor on his birth anniversary, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni penned an emotional post. Later, she shared the first look of Rishi Kapoor's last film Sharmaji Namkeen, which was completed by Paresh Rawal after the actor's death in 2020.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 5, 2021 9:00:06 am
Sharmaji namkeenRiddhima Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor remembered Rishi Kapoor on his birth anniversary. (Photo: Neetu Kapoor/Instagram)

On Rishi Kapoor’s 69th birth anniversary, his daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni penned a sweet note. She also shared a childhood picture of herself with her father on Instagram while remembering him on the special day. Rishi Kapoor passed away on April 30, 2020, after battling cancer for two years.

In her post, Riddhima wrote, “Hi Papa… We celebrate you everyday! We miss you & we love you! Heaven’s brightest shining star! Happy birthday! Love you to the stars & beyond …. Always …forever Mushk ♥️” Many celebrities including Manish Malhotra, Sonali Bendre, Sophie Choudry, Soni Razdan, Ayesha Shroff and Bhavana Pandey dropped heart emoticons on Riddhima’s Instagram post.

On Saturday morning, Riddhima shared first look of Rishi Kapoor’s last film Sharmaji Namkeen, which was later taken over by Paresh Rawal. “We are proud to present the poster of a very special film- Sharmaji Namkeen, starring one of the most celebrated actors in the Hindi film industry whose inimitable work and sparkling career we will cherish forever, Mr. Rishi Kapoor. As a mark of love, respect and remembrance of him and as a gift to his millions of fans, here is the first look of his final film,” Riddhima wrote.

She also thanked Paresh Rawal who filled in Rishi’s shoes after he passed away. “A big thank you to Mr. Paresh Rawal, who completed the film by agreeing to take the sensitive step of portraying the same character played by Rishi-ji. Produced by Excel Entertainment and Macguffin Pictures, directed by debutant Hitesh Bhatia, this film is a light-hearted coming-of-age story of a lovable 60-year-old-man,” Riddhima continued.

Earlier in an interview, Paresh Rawal spoke about Sharmaji Namkeen. “I read a script as good as this after a long time. If Rishi sahab was in this film throughout, he would have created fireworks. Whatever work he has done, it is phenomenal. As an audience member, it was my loss that he couldn’t finish the film,” he told PTI.

rishi kapoor granddaughter Rishi Kapoor with his granddaughter Samara. (Photo: Riddhima Kapoor Sahni/Instagram)

Riddhima was in Delhi when Rishi Kapoor died in Mumbai. Due to a nationwide lockdown at the time, she drove from Delhi to Mumbai to pay her last respects to her father. Bidding goodbye to her father, Riddhima wrote on Instagram, “Papa I love you I will always love you – RIP my strongest warrior I will miss you everyday I will miss your FaceTime calls everyday! I wish I could be there to say goodbye to you ! Until we meet again papa I love you – your Mushk forever”

Neetu Kapoor, wife of Rishi Kapoor, had also shared a still of his late husband from the movie Chandni on Friday. The dialogue that the late actor said in the scene translated to, “A strong gust of wind ruined everything.” Neetu shared the picture and captioned it, “Just one of those days.”

neetu rishi kapoor Neetu Kapoor shared the photo on Instagram.

She later shared a happy picture with Rishi Kapoor, talking about what she learned from her late husband. “I learnt a lot from Rishi Ji during our last few traumatic years in NYC .. how we celebrated when his blood counts were high .. we dined shopped laughed .. in his lows we just stayed home watched tv ordered in amazing food n still had some wonderful moments in hope that the next round of chemotherapy he would be better.”


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“Hope n being strong is what he taught me .. value each day .. we all miss him today !!! I can picture him how excited he would have been for his 69th birthday !! I’m sure he is celebrating with his family up there 👆🏻 Happy birthday Kapoor Saab,” she concluded.

Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and had then traveled to New York for treatment. He stayed there with his wife, actor Neetu Kapoor for almost a year and returned to Mumbai in September 2019. During his last days, he was being treated at Mumbai’s Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital.

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