When Ritu Nanda Rishi brought Neetu Kapoor together with a surprise engagement | Bollywood

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Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor first met on the sets of Zahreela Insaan (1974). Their combination was popular and they also acted in films like Kabhi Kabhi (1976) and Doosra Aadmi (1976). They dated for a while before getting married on January 22, 1980. The late veteran actor in his 2017 autobiography shared an anecdote about his elder sister Ritu Nanda was the one who brought Neetu into the family and got them engaged. Rishi revealed in his book that he was quite afraid to let his parents, filmmaker Raj Kapoor and his wife Krishna Raj know that he was even dating anyone. Read also: Neetu Kapoor remembers Rishi Kapoor in an emotional post

But thanks to his sister, he didn’t have to. She arranged things that way Rishi Kapoor was finally surprised by his own engagement. In his autobiography, Rishi shared that he couldn’t tell his parents that he wanted to marry Neetu. He wrote, “Looking back, I wonder if I should have turned to a psychiatrist for help to work out my feelings. I often think that maybe I would never have married Neetu, or that we would have been married much later than we did, if it had been so.” it for my sister Ritu. If I had been left to myself, I might never have taken our relationship to the next level.”

On the day of his engagement, the actor had revealed that he went to Delhi to attend an event for his sister’s family and came back engaged himself. He recalled in the book Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored: “I had no idea that Ritu was plotting and planning along with my friends Gogi (filmmaker Ramesh Behl) and Ravi Malhotra (father of Karan Malhotra, the young director of Karan Johar’s 2012 film Agneepath. At Mumbai airport, while waiting to board the plane, I met Saira Banu and Dilip Kumar, who asked me where I was going. When I told him I was on my way to Delhi to attend an engagement, Dilip sa’ab joked, ‘Don’t make me fast. Aren’t you going there yourself to get engaged?’ How prophetic Dilip Saab’s words turned out to be.”

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It turned out that Ritu had also invited Neetu and her mother for an engagement. Rishi’s family took matters into their own hands as they brought him and Neetu to the mandap and got them to exchange rings. But since everything was so last minute, the ring Rishi had on his finger, with an ‘R’ on it, actually belonged to Ravi. Besides, he needn’t worry as his father welcomed Neetu into the family himself that day.

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The couple had two children, daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and son Ranbir Kapoor, who began to behave like his parents. Rishi was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018 and later went to New York City for his treatment. He passed away on April 30, 2020. Neetu made a comeback in films after his death with JugJugg Jeeyo (2022).

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