Bollywood mourns the deaths of Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan

The two actors passed away within a span of 24 hours


KARACHI: 2020 has been such a tough year that it’s near impossible to list all the reasons why, but people woke up to another sad news today. Just as people were coming to term with Irrfan Khan’s passing, news made the rounds that legendary actor Rishie Kapoor has also passed away. Two legendary actors gone within 24 hours.

While Irrfan Khan had been taken to the hospital for a colon infection before his untimely death, Rishie Kapoor had been battling cancer since the last two years. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018 and returned to India last September after a year-long course of treatment in New York.

He was taken to hospital on Wednesday morning after he complained of breathing difficulties, his brother Randhir Kapoor told the Press Trust of India.

Bollywood stars have been overwhelmed with sorrow at the news of two of the biggest names in Bollywood passing away so suddenly.

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Stars in Pakistan also expressed their pain and sorrow at the news:

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chintu jee …. 😔 #rip

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Rest in greatness and peace, my forever Maqbool 🤍

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“Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un”….. "Verily we belong to God, and verily to Him do we return."! . . . Disturbed and gutted!! A fine soul gone too soon. I had the honour of first meeting Irrfan as a co-star on the sets of ‘A Mighty Heart.’ For one of the scenes after learning his lines I saw him doing the scene again and again which left me puzzled. I asked him, Irrfan Sahab ye kya kar rahe hain aap? He replied- We’re both playing CID agents which means we’ll be showing our ID cards everywhere. I’m practicising the scene so I don’t look clumsy while showing the ID card. And that was the first time I realised what a fine actor he was. We’d become friends on the sets and used to hang out together after the shoot. I remember for another scene, he wanted to know a word in Urdu used commonly in Pakistan and he asked me. He was a great actor but didn’t shy away from learning and perfecting his art. One of the evenings, he shared an incident where him and his friend got the role of an extra actor in James Bond series “Octopussy” which was shot in India. But because they cycled to the set, they were late and the shoot was over. He told me since then he wanted to do a Hollywood movie. Our careers in Hollywood started together, but he proved his mettle and conquered the fort. In 2018 while attending IPPA in London. I found out that he was in London, though he wasn’t meeting anyone he agreed to meet me. We had a long chat about movies and world in general. He looked so positive. His last words were- “Adnan, I’ll be fine very soon and I’ll be back. InshAllah”! Who knew today, I would be penning this note. Condolences and strength to his family. Irrfan, you will be missed a lot. Rest in peace my friend.🙏

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