Bollywood is grief depths as India mourns its second loss after the death of leading Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor passed away at the age of 67.
The Indian-born actor family announced that he has died on Thursday, after a two-year battle with leukemia.
Kapoor, who achieved considerable success in Bollywood, had been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday.
He had returned last September to India after undergoing treatment for leukemia in the US for nearly a year. The late actor was admitted into the hospital twice in February.
With India currently under lockdown, the late actor's family issued a statement to urging his fans, who would have poured on to the streets in mourning under normal circumstances, to follow coronavirus social distancing rules.
Many officials, celebrities, and public figures had paid tribute to the late actor including Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Akshay Kumar, Kamal Haasan, Priyanka Chopra, and many others mourned the actor’s death on social media.
The late Bollywood star was born on September 4, 1952, into a family of actors as his father, Raj Kapoor, and grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor, were doyens of Bollywood. Kapoor began acting as a teenager and received the National Film Award for his debut role in his father’s 1970 film "Mera Naam Joker".
He co-starred in over 90 films between 1973 and 2000, often as the romantic lead, and soon, became famous for his talents in singing and dancing.
In 1980, he married his fellow actress Nitu Singh, who had co-starred as his love interest in many movies, and together welcomed two children, a son, Ranbir Kapoor, who is currently one of the top Bollywood actors, and a daughter, fashion designer, Riddhima Kapoor Sahani.
Kapoor co-starred in his final artistic role in the 2019 movie "The Body".