Karan Johar, a die-hard fan of late actor Rishi Kapoor, got all candid about his love for the veteran actor in an interview with out in a recent interview with NDTV’s Rohit Khilnani. He went down the memory lane and favourite memories of working with the actor, who died on April 30 this year.
Rishi Kapoor was a part of a number of films backed by KJo’s Dharma Productions, for instance, Agneepath and Kapoor and sons. But it was only in 2012, that Karan Johar finally got an opportunity to direct him in the film Student Of The Year. Karan recalled an incident before signing the film, Mr Kapoor said, “Karan you are directing the film, you don’t even have to narrate the part to me.”
The filmmaker recalled how he got super emotional while directing the hit song ‘Radha’, and told, “He gave the first shot on the sets of Radha. It’s so bizarre that my big song was Dafliwale that I used to dance to in my room as a child. I just burst out crying. I went in a corner, wiped my face and went to him and hugged him and said, you don’t know what this means to me.”
He added, “There were a few people on my emotional bucket list as a filmmaker that I wanted to work with and Rishi Kapoor was right there on top.”
He was asked by Rohit what comes in his mind now that the veteran actor is no longer with us to which KJo said, “I knew that things were critical and things were tough for him. As a fan, not as a filmmaker or a friend of the family, just as a fan, I was heart-broken on that day because I felt like I lost my piece of childhood.”
Adding that Mr Kapoor was his hero, the filmmaker said, “I grew up wearing Rishi Kapoor’s sweaters, dancing to his songs, idolising him on screen. He was my hero and when I would tell him that, he would laugh it off. My childhood is all Rishi Kapoor.”