After nearly three decades, the late actor Rajiv Kapoor made an appearance with the film ‘Toolsidas Junior’ which recently hit a streaming platform. The film also features actor Dalip Tahil in a pivotal role. During a tete-a-tete, Dalip talked about late Raj Kapoor’s son and the existence of nepotism in the entertainment industry. He revealed how Rajiv had tough days facing the camera after a few decades.
Dalip said, “When I met him for the first time, he told me, ‘Dalip, my hands are shaky. I am facing the camera after 30 years. I don’t know what to do. I am Raj Kapoor’s son, I have everything, and yet I have nothing. Everybody has forgotten me, I don’t have work as a director, or as an actor.’ I gave him a big hug and told him, ‘Chimpu, it is in you, back yourself and be yourself. Don’t think of anything and just go for it.’ And I could see him gain confidence, scene after scene.”
Further talking about nepotism he said, “To all those who say there is nepotism in the film industry, here’s legendary Raj Kapoor’s son, who gave a hit like ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ and still had no work for 30 years. I keep reading about nepotism everywhere, this should be a good example to those who think that there is only nepotism that can make your career in this film industry. I feel that this whole thing about being Raj Kapoor’s son was a double-edged sword that could destroy you. Chimpu used to say people don’t even know that I exist. That can be very difficult for a person.”
“Everybody who knows Chimpu knows that one of his issues was that his lifestyle needed to be in control. He had improved, he had changed and was determined to pick up his career after this film. It was supposed to release during the summer of 2020 but everything went haywire. He was depressed since the film was not released and theatres were shut. He passed away in 2021. I dedicate this film to him, it is a very tragic swansong,” he concluded.