Faced with adversity, ailing Rishi Kapoor takes lead to mend relationship with son Ranbir, says ‘better late than never’

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The only identity of Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor was that of being the son of Bollywood legend Rishi Kapoor when he burst on to the Hindi film arena. But, his success as an actor has enabled him to create his own identity in the Hindi film industry.

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Ranbir Kapoor

From making his acting debut in Saawariya in 2007, Ranbir has gone on to establish himself as one of the most talented male actors around. Some of his famous films have included, Raajneeti, Rockstar, Barfi, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and more recently Sanju.

In his relatively short career in Bollywood, Ranbir has found himself at the centre of media attention for his romantic relationships with Deepika Padukone and now Alia Bhatt. But, not much media attention was ever given to his personal relationship with Dad Rishi Kapoor and Mom Neetu Singh.

Ranbir had previously said that he shared a formal relationship with his father, but was very close to mother. He had even revealed that his relationship with his Rishi Kapoor was so such that he couldn’t the veteran actor and ask, ‘Dad, how are you?’  In the foreword to the autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, the Sanju actor had said that he had felt like calling his father in the past just to inquire about his well being, but he could not do so.

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Rishi Kapoor, for his part, too had hinted in one interview several years ago that all was not well between him and Ranbir Kapoor adding that he had ‘screwed up’ his relationship with his son. But, neither of them ever elaborated on what was affecting their personal camaraderie until Rishi had to fly out to the US for treatment of an undisclosed ailment.

Faced with adversity, Rishi Kapoor has decided to take the lead to change that. One of his fans recently posted a photo of Rishi Kapoor walking with Ranbir in New York by having his hand around his son’s shoulder. The Kapoor senior is in New York for treatment with wife Neetu and son Ranbir.

The fan, who posted the photo, wrote, “Son of a famous father with his father of a famous son.” This evoked a quick response from Rishi publicly admitted, “This picture says a lot Uzma. Better late then never! Neetu clicked this.”

As expected, the cute photo of father and son taking a walk in New York has gone viral and elicited plenty of comments too. One fan wrote, “We r so happy to see this pic sir…May ur Bond get stronger…And get well soon sir..” Another wrote, “Rishiji, Get well soon. You are equally if not more famous however in my opinion remain one of the most natural but underrated actors in Indian cinema.”

The incident, according to the Mid-Day interview, took place soon after blockbuster Hirani-directed, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, had set the box office on fire in 2006.

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Millions of fans of both Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor would be praying that not only does the senior Kapoor return to India fully recovered, but their bonding also gets stronger in time to come.

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