Indian Experience: Bollywood legend continues family legacy in films

2010-09-21 00:00

LEGENDARY Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor made a lightning visit to Pietermaritzburg on Sunday as part of the Shared History — The Indian Experience Festival.

The “In Conversation” event took place at the Natal Blind and Deaf Society in Newholmes Way, Northdale, and was hosted by MediacomSA and Daymed Private Hospital.

Kapoor, whose family have been stalwarts of Indian cinema for four generations, began his film career with the 1970 film Mera Naam Joker (My Name is Joker), but it was his role in Bobby, directed by his father Raj Kapoor in 1973, that underlined that a new star had been born.

Kapoor went on to star opposite a record 23 Bollywood starlets in films ranging from Laila Majnu to Prem Rog, Chandini, Luck by Chance, Love Aaj Kal and Chintuji.

Speaking to fans on Sunday, he said Indian culture and values have been advanced around the world with the help of cinema, television, music and dance.

As for why he decided to join the family business, he said: “When I was a child I was exposed to a lot of cinema and the making of cinema … so I knew early on that I wanted to carry on my family legacy of film.”

Asked if he has any role models, the actor said he doesn’t believe in them, adding: “You end up imitating them [role models] and then you lose your identity. You can be inspired by other people, but don’t try and copy them.”

• Fans of Rishi Kapoor can look forward to his latest film Do Dooni Chaar, which is due for release around the world on October 8.

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