Book Review: Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored by Rishi Kapoor and Meena Iyer

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Two Names Many Stories!

It is the season and Bollywood diaries are getting revealed. The two hefty names in the Bollywood has sketched up their own untold stories, sheathing tragedies within, like never before. The stories of rising, downfall and rise again, moments of embarrassment, altogether, claimed according to them are the most influencing factors of what are they are now. Karan Johar’s An Unsuitable Boy and Rishi Kapoor’s Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored talks about their own timelines, uncensored.

But there is much to talk about an actor who, with his gawky acts and appealing persona, gained fame in a night and has contributed to Bollywood a great number of musical blockbusters of all time. A man who has given more than 40 years of his life to the Bollywood industry, The Rishi Kapoor.

Quick Things!

Rishi Kapoor is known to be the most sparkling child-star of Bollywood. Growing his career under the shadow of Raj Kapoor’s stardom is something he regrets.

Shree 420, Mera Naam Joker and Bobby, sketched by Raj Kapoor, proved to be the three major milestones, introducing three different age versions of Rishi Kapoor to Bollywood, the latter two records the most notable performances of the time.

Humming on the tunes of O Hansini is still a pleasing experience. But here is a trivia that will surely make you re-watch song to confirm it. The pants that he wore in the song was bought from Biuret. Well, the real trivia is, the pants he wore for song was actually a ladies pant.

Scrolling through initial pages of the book gives a background of Kapoor khandaan legacy beginning with Prithviraj Kapoor and then Raj Kapoor who is still the greatest inspiration for many and has been titled as the Showman of Indian Cinema. Rishi’s career was certain and he even started taking breaks from school to act in his first movie as a child actor, Mera Naam Joker.

Rishi made a groundbreaking reappearance by Bobby co-starred with Dimple Kapadia. The movie was a huge hit and Rishi Kapoor became a heartthrob of Indian cinema. Unwanted things turned up and his Bollywood career later Bobby started sinking. Rishi told he went into a serious depression seeing his movie getting flops back to back. He even had a breakup with his girlfriend. But then he relaunched his career in late 90’s with films, like Do Dooni Chaar, Hum Tum etc.

Last words!

Rishi said he is thankful to Neetu for being the best companion who stood beside him when he went into the serious depression. It was his friends, family and his beloved wife who helped him to get over the pain he was going through. Neetu Singh’s Afterword makes the book a surprisingly sweet and to add more there is warm foreword by Ranbir Kapoor to make it even, better. All-in-all, this is one of the most Khullam Khulla, biography ever of any Bollywood celebrity.

Book Details

Book titleKhullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored
Author(s)Rishi Kapoor and Meena Iyer
GenreBiography
Publisher(s)HarperCollins
Published in/on20 January 2017
No. of pages280
ISBN-10935264302X
ISBN-13978-9352643028
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