It’s been a year since Bollywood superstar Rishi Kapoor passed away. He died on April 30 after fighting with cancer for two years. Rishi Kapoor was known for openly speaking his mind. He wouldn’t think twice before sharing whatever came to his mind.
Let alone his tweets and interviews, he was also very honest when he wrote a book about his life. In his memoir, he had written in detail many aspects about his life including his relationship with people around him.
In one of the chapters, he had talked in detail about Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and why he initially refused to work with him when he was offered Kabhie Kabhie. In his book, he wrote, “I must confess here is still a lingering issue I have with Amitabh Bachchan. He was an action hero, the angry young man. So roles were written for him. Although we may have been smaller stars, we were not lesser actors. Yet, the rest of us had to constantly measure up to him. We had to work hard, really exert ourselves to match up.”
He further wrote, “Amitabh was an action hero in an era of action films. As such, writers gave him the lion’s share and he had the authorbacked roles in almost all his films. This gave him an advantage over the rest of us who had to make our presence felt with whatever we got.”
Explaining what he didn’t like about Amitabh, Rishi wrote, “This is something that Amitabh has never ever admitted to, in any interview or book. He has never given due credit to the actors who have worked with him. He has always credited his writers and directors.”
However, despite this, Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan worked together and shared good bond till the very end. They worked in films like Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Naseeb (1981), Coolie (1983) and Ajooba (1991). 27 years later, they worked together in 2018 film 102 Not Out.