“And, maintain on…it is not over but. I heard him sing later at a marriage in Vienna. If it was at this time’s occasions, Chintu would have been made to sing in his movies,” she provides.
Poonam and Rishi’s friendship was not shallow. Rishi, in his inimitable type, was frank and forthright together with her and Poonam was by no means dishonest in her response. “One of many final occasions I noticed him was at Bachchans’ Diwali celebration when he had simply returned from the US. He pointblank instructed me that I had neither referred to as him nor come to satisfy him. He was somebody who observed small issues and had sure expectations from mates. I used to at all times be in contact with him when he was within the US. I instructed him that I hadn’t come over as a result of I wished to offer him some house and time. After that, I met him at a few events. However quickly, I heard that he had taken unwell once more. It was an enormous shock when he handed away. All those that walked or labored with him would have wished to pay his final respects however sadly couldn’t as a consequence of COVID,” rues Poonam.
The actress goes on to lament Rajiv Kapoor’s loss of life (on February 9, 2021). “That was an enormous blow. However I can say that Rishi no less than did not reside to see his brother’s demise.”
The ‘Noorie’ actress says she remembers calling Rishi to say that Ranbir sounds ditto like him on display. “He was very pleased with his son. He wasn’t a kind of who used sugary phrases and would by no means go about giving interviews about what an actor I’ve in my son.”
The lockdown continued and Poonam was unable to go over to Neetu’s home after Rishi left this world. “Neetu acquired all the way down to doing a movie (‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’), and past a sure level, we should study to respect a household’s privateness. It is an enormous factor to lose your life associate of so a few years and Neetu’s life largely started and ended with Chintu to an excellent extent over time,” Poonam factors out, including, “It’s so good to see that each her kids-Ranbir and Riddhima-are by her aspect”.
Was Rishi as moody as they are saying? And did Poonam discover it powerful to be with him? “The one time that may occur is when he would lose in Scrabble to me; he hated to lose. However he was not moody; he was simply very upfront. He was blunt and non-diplomatic. I would not say we stored our distance per se, however sure, we have been by no means on back-slapping phrases both. It was all about respect. He wouldn’t hesitate to say that he is had sufficient of images if and when someone went on a clicking spree with him! He would unhesitatingly say ‘sufficient’ after a sure level even when I stored sending him footage on his telephone. And, for those who praised him an excessive amount of, he would really feel that you’re faking it and sucking as much as him.”
Lauding Rishi’s performances which surfaced over his later years, Poonam says that no one may do a romantic tune in addition to Rishi.
Level out that Rishi’s T-shirts regarded like sweaters, and Poonam laughs, “I believe that began with ‘Kabhi Kabhie’. These days, we used to shoot quite a bit in Kahsmir. So whereas his heroine wore a chiffon saree, he can be comfortable along with his woolens. However he by no means overdressed”.
Rishi instructed Poonam that he was having fun with his second innings which was, actually, giving him greater than he’d earned in his heydays. “I perceive that he felt liberated these days; no extra signing up of flicks which is able to want him to do 5 songs and the ‘dishoom dishoom’ in the long run. Right this moment, he may do 20 days of shoot as an alternative of the same old 100 he did in his movies these days and but not be shortchanged.”
‘Ek Chaadar Maili Si’ was an essential achievement in Poonam’s life. “Consider it, I wasn’t going to enroll in that function. I did it fairly unwillingly. I felt I’ve a really small function compared to Hema Malini’s. The director, nonetheless, stored telling me that I’ll keep in mind it as among the finest movies in my life. I did not assume it could prove that manner however it did. And naturally, our ‘Yeh Vaada Raha’ did very nicely”.
Continues Poonam, “I did ‘Zamaanat’ and fairly just a few others with Rishi. I did not like seeing him in ‘102 Not Out’ as a result of that is not how I knew him; however all the identical, he was excellent in that. The identical applies to his sensible efficiency in ‘Kapoor & Sons’. He had an extended part after ‘Bobby’, whereby his movies flopped and he was very vocal about it. However quickly, he knew that it have been movies like Zahreela Insaan’ that made him a star. He had no competitors; he was irreplaceable. Possibly when your movies do not do nicely in your early days, you are not labelled a star. Nevertheless it was written throughout him that he was an excellent and dependable actor.
Ask her to select certainly one of her movies that she considers as Rishi’s greatest and he or she replies, “He was good in all, so I will not do this.” However remind her of ‘Prem Rog’ and he or she shoots again, “I agree with you. ‘Prem Rog’ was a double indemnity- Raj Kapoor’s path and Chintu’s appearing. Add this to the movie’s music and Padmini Kolhapure’s efficiency.”
Concludes Poonam, “I want to imagine that everlasting and immortal individuals die young–be it Rishi, Smita Patil, Meena Kumari, or Madhubala.”
Rishi and Poonam starred collectively in about ten movies like ‘Sitamgar’, ‘Yeh Vaada Raha’, ‘Zamana’, ‘Biwi O Biwi’, ‘Ek Chadar Maili Si’, and ‘Tawaif’.