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‘ChintuJi’ plays himself opposite the 28th newcomer

This will be approximately the 28th time that a female newcomer will debut with Rishi since he started his career.

Written by Debeshbanerjee | Mumbai |
September 7, 2009 12:11:00 pm

It took 36 years for actor Rishi Kapoor to land a role where he plays,guess what,Rishi Kapoor. In ChintuJi ,the romantic hero of the ’70s is Chintu,also his pet name. Incidents from his life have been weaved into the plot and Kapoor mischievously says,“You need to see the film to believe it”.

Dressed casually,Kapoor seems quite flattered to have a movie named after him and about him,and remains unperturbed by issues like whether the film will do well,and if younger audiences would even be interested in a movie on him. “Regardless,it will be one of my most memorable roles,” he said. “I am grateful to Ranjit saab (Ranjit Kapoor) making a film on me at this stage of my life. But the film is about the character’s journey through politics and there are a few strange similarities with my life. The hero of the film however is not me,it is the storyline,” he adds.

Directed by veteran scriptwriter Kapoor,61,the film also stars Priyanshu Chatterjee and newcomer Kulraj Randhawa with a dance number by Sophie Chaudhary. There is also a small scene between Kapoor and a Russian artist Kseniya Ryabinkina,who played a Russian trapeze artist in the ’70s film Mera Naam Joker who falls in love with his father

Raj Kapoor in the film. “We are meeting after nearly 40 years and she plays a pivotal role in the film in defining my character,” says Kapoor.

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This will be approximately the 28th time that a female newcomer will debut with him. “I have lost track of how many people have begun their career with me,” he smiles. His next film,Do Dooni Char releasing this year,is with his wife Neetu Kapoor. The pair will make a comeback on screen after 36 years. “We will talk about that later,” he winks.

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