NEW DELHI (AP) – Top Indian actor Rishi Kapoor, a scion of Bollywoodâ€™s most famous Kapoor family, has died. He was 67 and had leukemia.
Indiaâ€™s Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan tweeted on Thursday â€œRishi Kapoor goneâ€¦.Just passed awayâ€¦ I am destroyed.â€
Kapoor was hospitalized in Mumbai on Wednesday and died on Thursday, according to a family statement.
He returned to India last September after undergoing treatment in the United States for almost a year. He was hospitalized twice in February.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Kapoor was a powerhouse of talent. â€œI will always recall our interactions, even on social media. He was passionate about films and Indiaâ€™s progress.â€
His father Raj Kapoor and grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor were doyens of Bollywood, the vast Hindi-language film industry based in the western coastal city of Mumbai.
He received the National Film Award for his debut role as a child artist in his fatherâ€™s 1970 film “Mera Naam Joker.â€ He acted in more than 90 films.
His wife, Nitu Singh, co-starred in several of his films. His son Ranbir Kapoor is a current top Bollywood actor.
He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
Rahul Gandhi, a Congress party leader, said this was a terrible week for Indian cinema as another top actor Irrfan Khan died on Wednesday, also of cancer. He said Kapoor had a huge fan following across generations.
Film star Priyanka Chopra said Kapoorâ€™s death was the end of an era. “#Rishisir your candid heart and immeasurable talent will never be encountered again.â€
Kapoorâ€™s popular hits included â€œLaila Majnu,â€ a story of legendary Indian lovers, â€œDebt,” “Moonlight,” â€œSometimes,â€ â€œSeaâ€ and â€œLightning.â€ In 1999, he directed â€œLetâ€™s Go Back.â€
He switched to supporting roles in the 2000s and popular movies included â€œNamastey Londonâ€ and â€œLove Aj Kalâ€ or â€œLove Today and Tomorrow.â€ He acted until recently and his last movie â€The Bodyâ€ was released in 2019.