Icon of the Kapoor dynasty, the death of Rishi Kapoor has left the world stunned.
Known for being Bollywood’s first ‘chocolate boy’, he danced and charmed his way through millions of hearts. Having made nearly 123 films in his lifetime, the legend has made sure that with his energy, charisma and grace; the world hummed to its tunes.
If you’re a kid of the 70s, 80s, or even the 90s, you’ve probably seen the idol make their way to stardom. Like these ten emblematic songs that put him on stage.
1. Main Shayar in Nahin
Shot alongside Dimple Kapadia, this 1973 song marked Rishi’s debut as the golden romantic boy of his time. Released in the movie Police officer, he cast a young Kapoor imagining his love interest in the play and giving an impromptu performance.
Years later the song was reused and photographed again on him for the film. Hum Tum alongside Saïf Ali Khan. No one else could have done better.
2. Ek Mein Aur Ek Tu
From thriller to suspense Khel Khel Mein released in 1975, this romantic number was filmed on Kapoor and his wife Neetu Singh, making them one of the most sought-after showbiz couples of their time.
3. Bachna Ae Haseeno
The 1977 issue sung by Kishore Kumar was from the movie Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin and became one of the greatest hits of its time.
It shows a young and energetic Rishi singing in front of a crowd that has become so popular that his son Ranbir Kapoor came up with a remixed version a few years later.
4. Parda hai Parda
Shot the same year for the film Amar Akbar Antoine, Kapoor’s first qawwali song, cast for the film alongside his wife Neetu Singh, became a huge hit in its day.
Dancing solo in a bright green number, the star stole the frame with her charm and beauty.
5. Dafali Walay Dafali Baja
From the years 1979 Sargam, it is difficult not to see an animated Rishi in a seed electric blue pajamas and kurta. With bright eyes, a robust complexion, a charming smile and an altruistic romantic disposition; he grooves on synchronized rhythms in a green field.
6. Mere Umar Ke Naujawano
This hit solo from the 1980s blockbuster Karz marked the celebrity of Rishi Kapoor like no other. Shining in a shimmering silver number, the actor addresses a massive crowd, jazzing to the beat and grooving on some moves like no tomorrow.
A tribute to the legendary performance was then paid by Shahrukh Khan in his film Om Shanti Om where he recreated the scene to bring memories to life.
7. Ek Haseena Thi, Ek Deewana Tha
Shot alongside Tina Munim, it’s hard to miss the brilliant Rishi, in a black and gold number. Guitar in one hand, popularity in another; the legendary actor undoubtedly sets the scene on fire.
A terrible attempt at a remake of the song was made later by Himesh Reshammiya, but let’s leave it at that.
8. Tu Tu Hai Wahi
The romantic evergreen number was sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. He was photographed in 1982 for the star role in Yeh Vaada Raha opposite Poonam Dhillon.
Although it was shot without any background or extravagant views, the song remains to this day to hit all the perfect chords, with the expressions of a young Rishi undoubtedly stealing the show.
9. Chehra Hai Ya Chaand
As a result of 1985 Saagar, this low-key romantic number featured Kapoor alongside co-star Dimple Kapadia. The lyrics of the song were written by Javed Akhtar.
10. Chaandni O Meri Chaandni
Photographed alongside the late Sridevi, this melodious number is a Yash Chopra classic released in 1989 for the film Chandni.
Shot in the mountains, the bewitching duo vibrate in the aura of exquisite locations, catchy melodies and their own charisma.