Bollywood romantic legend Rishi Kapoor dies at age 67

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      Only one day after the death of one major Indian cinematic talent, another Bollywood star has died, also of cancer.

      After a two-year battle with leukemia, Rishi Kapoor was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai on April 29 and died on April 30 at the age of 67.

      He had been filming Sharmaji Namkeen earlier this year when he became ill. Previously, he had been diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and received treatment in New York City.

      With a career spanning five decades, he became best known as a romantic lead after starring in over 90 films in such roles.

      As the son of screen legend Raj Kapoor and Krishna Raj Kapoor, he was part of the Kapoor family dynasty that dominated the Hindi film industry.

      He debuted as a child actor in his father’s 1970 film Mera Naam Joker and later had his first lead role in the 1973 teen romance Bobby, which became a box-office smash in the Soviet Union.

      Among his most commercially successful hits are KarzKhel Khel Mein, and Chandni.

      His wife, 61-year-old Neetu Singh, has starred in films since 1966 while his son, 37-year-old Ranbir Kapoor, is one of the highest paid actors in the Hindi film industry.

      Kapoor’s death follows one day after critically acclaimed Indian film star Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi) died at the age of 53 from cancer.

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