- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (20 January 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 935264302X
- ISBN-13: 978-9352643028
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 209 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored Hardcover – 20 Jan 2017
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About the Author
Rishi Kapoor is one of India’s most popular film stars. He debuted as a child artiste in his father Raj Kapoor’s magnum opus Mera Naam Joker, winning a National Award for his performance. His first role in the lead came with Bobby, a blockbuster that established a new template for the teeny-bopper romance in Hindi cinema. In the 1970s, Rishi Kapoor delivered a series of musical hits like Khel Khel Mein, Laila Majnu, Hum Kisise Kum Naheen, Sargam and Karz. He was also the perfect foil to Bachchan in some of the most celebrated hits of the era like Kabhi Kabhie, Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb and Coolie. Over the last decade, Rishi Kapoor has delivered some of the finest performances of his career in a diverse array of roles – a middle-class school teacher in Do Dooni Chaar, a dreaded don in D-Day, a pimp in Agneepath and a naughty patriarch in Kapoor and Sons – far removed from the chocolate-boy romantic hero of the ’70s.
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A Life in the Spotlight
On this day, he was at home in Matunga. Along with him were about as many Kapoors (and a smattering of other relatives) that you could possibly fit into one room. My grandmother, Ramsarni, pushed the men out of the room. When I finally emerged hours later, a robust and rosy-cheeked baby, my relieved and joyous father popped open a bottle of champagne to celebrate the arrival of yet another boy. I could not have asked for a more boisterous or star-studded welcome.
I am Prithviraj Kapoor’s grandson.
Raj Kapoor’s son.
I am Neetu Kapoor’s husband.
Riddhima and Ranbir Kapoor’s father.
I am Rishi Kapoor.
I was born lucky and stayed lucky.
I was Born Lucky.
On 4 September 1952, the planets, I am told, were in perfect alignment. My father, Raj Kapoor, was twenty-eight years old and had already been hailed as the ‘showman of Hindi cinema’ four years before. He was an actor, a film-maker and the owner of a studio that had produced films such as Aag (1948), Barsaat (1949) and Awara (1951), heralding the arrival of a showbiz wunderkind.
He was also a man in love - at the time, unfortunately, with someone other than my mother. His girlfriend was the leading lady of some of his biggest hits of the time, including the ones I just mentioned, his in-house heroine, the lady immortalized in the RK Studios emblem. Their on-screen romantic pairing was not just the most sought-after of that era, but is still widely acknowledged as one of the most iconic. In short, he was in a great place with his work and in life.
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Top customer reviews
Only one part that slightly disappointed me a little was that - while mentioning all the singers and musicians who Rishi Kapoor has worked with, one person in my opinion, didn't receive as much credit or mention as he deserves. For me, the default voice of Rishi Kapoor has always been Suresh Wadkar, and yet somehow, his name came up only once somewhere in passing. Whether it was Prem Rog or Henna, I think, Suresh Wadkar is the next best singer that RK has had after Mukesh and Lata. But apart from that, the book is extremely well-written and captivating! It's sincere and comes directly from heart..
If you have to choose between two auto bios, Rishi and K Jo, both out at the same time, go for this one.
The book came across as a mish-mash of some aspects about his life. He has not held back on a few things - Raj Kapoor's affair with Vyjayanthimala etc. But overall it seems like a hurried attempt at putting some stuff together without much cohesiveness. Some liasions are only hinted at. Doesn't do justice to his life story.
The price of the book is also very reasonable, as Rishi kapoor could have kept the book price at a higher price, but just see the humbleness of this person, the book is very average price so that it reaches the masses and many people can gain knowledge from it.
Would recommend a read.
.all in all I didn't like it much though I loved the book abt actress Rekha
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