Remembering The Greats of Our Era: Irrfan Khan And Rishi Kapoor


Entertainment has been a pillar of strength for the living world. Over the decades, the search for the right form of visual presentation introduced us to the world of Drama. You must have often found yourself longing to watch a movie for the sake of rediscovering your sentiments, by indulging in the art of cinema. 

Every piece of art has its own art and artists, the world of drama has had its own share of artists. From child actors and actresses to the great directors and vocal artists, you must have experienced the journeys of some such greats who were part of the masterpieces that have turned out to be your most favorites. 

Ever since the beginning of the year 2020, there has been a dramatic shift in the dynamics of living. The COVID Pandemic has ever since accounted for the loss of thousands of lives each day, across every nation. The month of April, the year 2020, brought the tragic news of the demise of the two very greats in the world of B-Town cinema – Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. 

Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan

Born and brought up in the Pink city of India, the veteran Indian actor Irrfan Khan had his career spread over a span of 30 years. An awardee of the Padma Shri, National Film award, and many more significant honors, Irrfan khan died aged 53 of a colon infection in Mumbai. The actor was one of the finest in the Bollywood film industry. He had gained commendable recognition in the Hollywood film industry. 

The actor is well-known for his in-depth involvement in all his roles, and excellent dialogue delivery skills. Here is some light on some of his movies that have left golden prints in the world of cinema. Read ahead to find out more. 

  1. Hindi Medium

The movie takes a light-hearted comical take on the situation of the English language-based education system. Hindi Medium cast Saba Qamar opposite Irrfan Khan as the couple from the Chandni Chowk area tried all hacks at getting their daughter the best education. It portrayed the language standards set by society to classify in the elite category. The movie was widely acclaimed for its plot writing, dramatics, role plays by the cast. It was the highest-grossing work of Irrfan, emerging as a sleeper hit of the industry.

  1. Karwaan 

Another comical movie by the actor, released in 2018, Karwaan was the penultimate of his works. Starring Mithila Palkar, the movie also marked the debut of Dulquer Salmaan. It received mixed reviews from critics who termed the acting by the cast as an absolute sweet garnished with words of praise. 

  1. Angrezi Medium 

Another of his bests, Angrezi medium stars Radhika Madan and Kareena Kapoor alongside Irrfan, it was his final movie released before demise. The film was released theatrically as well as re-released on Disney+Hotstar. A widower and his daughter portraying the middle-class dreams and lifestyle, this movie was a sequel to the Hindi Medium. The movie is a blend of emotions and has received a rating of 7.3 on IMDB. 

Rishi Raj Kapoor

The 2nd son of the Legendary actor and director Raj Kapoor and Krishna Raj Kapoor, Rishi Raj Kapoor was a veteran actor, director, and producer from India. The actor’s first work came in his adolescent age in his father’s movie, Mera Naam Joker. After receiving the National Film Award for Best Child artist back then, Rishi never looked back as he went on to act as a romantic lead in 92 movies. The actor died after two long years battling cancer, aged 67 years. Some of his movies are listed below.

  1. 102 Not Out 

A masterpiece of acting, the 2018 release casts Amitabh Bachchan as the father of the veteran Rishi Kapoor who considers age as a factor to stop being jovial, unlike his father. The 102-year-old character by Amitabh and the 75-year-old character by Rishi Kapoor are the best Father-son duo ever. They highlight the most intricate details of living that we all miss in our struggle to get on with living. 

  1. Mulk 

The movie marking the versatility of the actor, Mulk portrays the mindset of Indian society for Muslim families and the ground reality. The movie has gathered a rating of 6.9 on IMDB, portraying Rishi Kapoor as a well-respected lawyer. The film sends a strong message of India’s Unity in Diversity as the basic form of faith of every Indian irrespective of caste, creed, religion. 

  1. The Body 

A thriller mystery, the 2019 release film marked the last works of the veteran actor, Rishi Kapoor. An official remake of the 2012 Spanish movie with the same name, it portrays the actor as a policeman who is involved in the investigation of a murder case. It is another peck portraying the versatility of the actor. 

As the second wave is still on a rise, we mark the death anniversaries of these Greats in 2021. If anything the pandemic has taught us, it is to value the people and life we have yet with us. The journey of these greats is an inspiration to draw light from. As you ponder over these legendary artists today, make sure you stay at home as you binge on their masterpieces. 


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