We start out of your final assertion to the media after Rajiv Kapoor handed away that ‘you at the moment are left alone in your Chembur home’…
The final yr has been a really unhappy time in my life. ‘Unhappy’ can be a modest phrase right here; ‘worst’ could be apt. In a matter of 10 months, I misplaced each my darling brothers- Chintu (Rishi Kapoor) and Chimpoo (Rajiv Kapoor). Additionally, I misplaced my mom (Krishna Kapoor) and sister (Ritu Nanda) within the final two-and-a-half years. We–my three brothers and two sisters–were extraordinarily shut to one another. Chintu, Chimpoo, and I interacted with one another every single day. Chimpoo lived with me and Chintu both got here to the workplace on the times that he wasn’t capturing or spoke to me on the cellphone. We did not want anyone once we three have been collectively. We have been a really joyful circus by ourselves. We have been a strong crowd! All that’s over. There’s not a single day that I do not take into consideration them. One yr might have handed however there’s not a single day that I do not take into consideration them. Life won’t ever be the identical once more.
And the tragedy of RK Studios getting gutted in a fireplace…
Sure. That was one other massive tragedy. We hadn’t given away what our father wore in each movie that he made underneath the house banner of RK Movies; we had even stored his topi and footwear from ‘Awara’ and ‘Shri 420’. All that’s gone. The truth is, I misplaced every part that I had stored there in a really organised method. I misplaced all our trophies. I’ve no image of our youth. I’ve no memorabilia of my father Raj Kapoor. I’ve no photos of our capturing and scenes.
Consider it, the trade had nearly stopped capturing within the RK Studios someday again. No person needed to return to Chembur, I suppose. It is the Western suburbs that had began to dominate when a producer selected a location or put up a set in Mumbai particularly after the Metro Rail work began. I used to be incurring a giant loss. So after the hearth, Chintu, Chimpoo, and I made a decision that we should always promote it. However I can let you know for certain that we would not have bought it if the hearth hadn’t occurred; RK Studios was a temple to us and I used to be nonetheless sustaining it.
How typically do Kareena, Karisma, and Babita drop in to fulfill you?
Seldom, these days. The lockdown and the latest spike in coronavirus circumstances have decreased their visits. I actually do not go to Kareena; it is COVID instances and she or he has two small children. The beginning of her second child, in fact, had happiness written throughout it.
Right us if we’re unsuitable, however Rishi and you’ll have cute fights in childhood over who will get the window seat within the household’s automotive…
Oh sure, that might be. All youngsters struggle over the window seat. I want life rolls again and we get these days once more. As for my equation with Chimpoo, he was similar to my son; he was 15 years youthful than me. He had a home in Pune however more often than not, he was in Mumbai. I simply want them properly. I hope they’re joyful wherever they’re and in whichever kind.
Do you go over to Neetu’s place to fulfill her, Ranbir, and Riddhima?
Sure, I do. They’re household to me. I really feel sorry for them. Neetu misplaced a loving husband, and Ranbir and Riddhima, a loving father. It’s good that Neetu went on to do a movie (‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’); she stored herself busy.
Did Rishi, Rajiv, and also you differ on sure issues in life?
Fairly often. There could be situations the place our views have been totally different however these discussions have been all the time wholesome.
Had been there instances once you would cease speaking to one another?
By no means. We have been introduced up as a close-knit household. For those who have a look at the image of the Christmas celebration, which is taken at Shashi Kapoor’s son Kunal’s home, X’mas celebration is hosted nonetheless in precisely the identical method as his mom held; it offers you ample concept of how shut our household has been. And I give the credit score for that to my grandmother (Prithviraj Kapoor’s spouse, Ramsarni Kapoor) and mom (Krishna). Nothing, together with cash, was ‘yours’ and ‘mine’, it was ‘ours’. Our mother and pa handed away, we did not struggle, once we bought RK Studios, we did not struggle. There have by no means been any fights within the Kapoor household. We’re near even our cousins-like the best way Rishi’s youngsters and mine work together with Shashi and Shammi’s youngsters.
Rishi should have been trying ahead to transferring into his new home Krishna Raj and Ranbir’s marriage…
After all, Krishna Raj is being made into 17-18 flooring, and all of the flooring will probably be with Rishi’s household; it is not on the market. One ground will probably be a gymnasium, one ground would be the servants’ rooms… he was constructing it in that method. He was additionally very joyful in regards to the many appearing provides he was getting.
Any concept about when will their home Krishna Raj be prepared?
Actually, I do not know. We by no means requested too many questions to one another. That is why we have been joyful. We simply appeared ahead to assembly one another and chatting away to glory amid good meals and good drinks. And we by no means chatted about anyone particularly. We have been by no means involved about which actor is doing what.
One reminiscence of each Rishi and Rajiv that involves thoughts?
‘Which Chinese language restaurant ought to we go, tonight?’ that was the road, which was so typically mentioned between us. If anyone really useful any Chinese language restaurant to us, we’d invariably wind up there ASAP. We’d invariably eat Chinese language meals once we dined collectively. We’d even go to the Grand Maratha resort for Chinese language meals at 1 am. The connoisseurs make use of particular cooks; Rishi and I each have them. Whoever was employed by my mother and pa remains to be with me.
Did you may get excessive at instances?
A number of instances! And once we have been speaking to one another fondly, individuals round us felt that we have been combating. However, we did not thoughts that; we thought it was part of the sport. We three have been typical Punjabis who have been loud, boisterous. I miss these days a lot!
Rishi had a really typical set of T-shirts that appeared like sweaters on display…
These T-shirts he wore in his motion pictures belonged to him. He liked them; that was his model.
Rajiv should have been eagerly ready for his comeback movie, Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Toolsidas Junior’…
Sure, he was very enthusiastic about that. The movie is full.
Was Rajiv disillusioned that he did not have a clean run in his profession?
He should have felt that, however he did not ever inform me. He did not have a giant hit after doing a movie like ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’. I really feel dangerous for him that he went away with out seeing success. He made a really good movie ‘Prem Granth’ however sadly it did not run. Shaayad, sabka apna apna bhagya hota hai (Maybe everybody has their very own future).
Did Rajiv ever let you know that he needs to get married once more? It was mentioned that he needed to cool down with an air-hostess buddy in Pune…
Properly, he married as soon as (with Aarti Sabharwal) and it did not work out. After that, he did not wish to marry. He was joyful together with his girlfriends. I can not recover from it that he is no extra. He had no drawback by any means. He had spoken to me at 1 o’clock within the night time however when my nurse went to wake him up within the morning, he had no pulse.
Has it occurred to Babita otherwise you that she ought to transfer in again with you?
Babita and I meet up and we’re joyful the best way we’re. However properly, I’ve purchased a spot in Bandra. I shall be transferring out from my Chembur residence. Thus, I will probably be nearer to my spouse and daughters. The brand new home is being finished up. The work stopped twice resulting from lockdown, else it may need been prepared by now.
Will you dump the Chembur home?
Sure, it is too massive for me to stay in it. And I need to let you know this: my mother and pa mentioned instructed me that I can stay right here so long as I need; if I ever wish to promote it, then the sale proceeds ought to be divided between Rishi, Rajiv, Ritu, Reema and I. And, I instructed them that it is going to be finished; that is not going to be an issue. I’ve purchased my Bandra place even earlier than promoting the Chembur residence. I had a great profession and I’m from a well-to-do household; I’ve invested properly.
Was monetary acumen your forte or did your father information you?
Let’s not neglect that my spouse is Sindhi with an excellent monetary acumen.
How is your well being now? You had earlier mentioned that you’ve a leg drawback…
I’m taking physiotherapy and responding to remedy. There’s some drawback, however in any other case, I’m okay. However my day begins at 12 midday. I do not rise up earlier than 12 pm. I attempt to sleep as a lot as I can; sochta hoon ki aadha din nikal jaaye (I believe let half the day move by earlier than I get up). I’m lonely.
Reema is the one sibling I’ve now and she or he is an efficient help system. She is immensely involved about me on a regular basis. She fires the hell out of me although after I do issues that I should not be doing. Bas ab bhagwan se sirf yahi kehna hai ki agar humse koi galti ho gayi hai toh maaf karde (I simply pray to God to forgive us for any mistake that we’d have inadvertently dedicated).