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Rishi Kapoor: ‘Unlike rickshaw wala audience before, there’re multiplex viewers for good cinema today’

An outspoken Rishi Kapoor revealed some shocking experiences from his life at the launch of his autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored

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Rishi Kapoor in Delhi at the launch of his autobiography

I AM NOT FRIENDS WITH RANBIR KAPOOR  
We never argued with our father (Raj Kapoor). Unfortunately, same kind of relationship passed on with me and Ranbir. I am not that kind of guy who back stab father, share secrets about girlfriends etc. I am sorry I failed in that. I want love, respect everything but at the same time there should be some boundaries that I can see you but can’t feel you. I know I am wrong, I may have faultered. Ranbir and I have different point of views on that. Ranbir said when he gonna have kids he will not be like me. May be it’s a generation gap thing. But I can’t be a friend to son because I was never that way with my father and I accept the way I am. I was very scared of my father.

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I BOUGHT THE AWARD FOR RS 30K
I paid Rs 30,000 to win the award at an age of 21. I was so naive and brat in thinking. Once a guy offered me the award in exchange of money for the film and I agreed. So, I have this guilt in me thinking that I bought the award. I have written my failure and shortcomings in the book. I cheated not may be on my wife but for an award.

CINEMA TODAY LACKS CONTENT
The content today is no more there. We have lost that value of songs, music and lyrical value. But today we have films that would have never worked in that time like Neerja and Kapoor and Sons or Pink. There is a multiplex audience today unlike the rickshaw walas who want to see these kinds of films.

I AM AN ACTOR’S SON WITH MY SHARE OF STRUGGLE
Everybody’s struggle is different. Everybody used to say that I was born with a silver spoon. What’s my fault in that? You can get a break if you are an actor’s son but then afterwards the journey is your own. I fought the system when I came with a romantic film and in the same year Amitabh Bachchan came as an angry young man and he changed the whole scenario. I was in the choppy water and I had to keep my head up to survive in that water. And I was struggling all my life after that. All my 25 years I have only battled and faced these kinds of heroes because people only wanted to watch angry young man and action films. That’s when I decided that it should be told in the book as it is very inspirational for the youth today.

(The book has been published by Harper Collins, and you can learn more about it here!)

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