Rishi Kapoor is one of the most iconic actors of Indian cinema. After playing lead roles for more than three decades and starring in many blockbuster films, the talented actor is now playing the second inning of his professional life by doing some terrific work as a character actor. Last seen in Kapoor & Sons, Rishi will next be seen in Patel...
Rishi Kapoor is one of the most iconic actors of Indian cinema. After playing lead roles for more than three decades and starring in many blockbuster films, the talented actor is now playing the second inning of his professional life by doing some terrific work as a character actor. Last seen in Kapoor & Sons, Rishi will next be seen in Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi. As the film races towards its release, BollywoodMDB Reporter, Mohnish Singh, catches up with the maverick actor for an interaction.
Q. Please, tell us something about your film, Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi.
A. It’s a fun film, a cultural shock film. There are two different kinds of characters who live in a different environment. The solution is that we all should live in harmony. That is the message which actually comes about in the film. The fun element is that they live in different ambiences, different lifestyles and how a cross connection happens. The cross connection is not with the lovers. It's the people who are not going to live together have more problems. The lovers don’t have any problems but others do have. To make the story little simpler for you, I will give you an example. If you make a film like Bobby today, forget about Rishi Kapoor and Dimple, if the film was made according to Pran and Prem Nath who played our respective fathers, that is what Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi is about. It’s about the parents of the lovers, mostly about the fathers of the lovers. It is their cultural problem for their children to settle down. So, that is what Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi is all about.
Q. In general, even though the society is open enough, it is not very open when it comes to love marriages, especially in northern and southern part of the country. Would you talk about that?
A. This is what the film is about. It is about one culture not being able to survive with the other culture. That’s what the film is about. What your question is that is what the film is. And what is the solution to it is the film which you will see.
Q. You come from an era where actors, directors and music composers used to sit together and put in a lot of thoughts into each and every song of the movie. Even you have mentioned before that you used to discuss your songs with Mohammad Rafi and Kishor Kumar. But that does not happen anymore. Nowadays, there are multiple composers in a single film which we have read you are not in much favour of. So, why has that changed so much and how is that affecting Indian cinema? Please comment on that.
A. I don’t think it’s affecting Indian cinema because everybody is seeing films. Everybody still loves films and every actor takes a huge amount of money to work in films. So, it’s not affecting films. It’s not affecting anybody. I do tell you this much that some journalists asked me the question that why RK Films is not making films anymore. I said to them that maybe we are not capable to survive in