The veteran Rishi Kapoor is known to be someone who is sharp-tongued and doesn’t mince his words. The 62-year-old actor has made sure that he stays true to his persona when it came to penning down his memoir named ‘Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored‘.
In his autobiography, Rishi has revealed some of the unknown aspects of his life, right from his and his late father Raj Kapoor’s affairs with co-stars to his belief on father-son relationships, and his passion for acting.
Rishi begins the book talking about his father’s affair with yesteryear’s’ actor Nargis Dutt, who together, he writes, continue to be widely acknowledged as the most iconic pair onscreen.
The actor has written, “My father, Raj Kapoor, was 28 years old and had already been hailed as the ‘showman of Hindi cinema’ four years before. He was also a man in love – at the time, unfortunately, with someone other than my mother. His girlfriend was the leading lady of some of his biggest hits of the time, including “Aag” (1948), “Barsaat” (1949) and “Awara” (1951).”
Rishi further wrote about how Nargis was Raj Kapoor’s ‘in-house heroine’ and was understandably immortalised in the RK Studios emblem.
Raj Kapoor had an affair with Vyjayanthimala
The actor has also shed light on the relationship his father shared with co-star Vyajanthimala, who had denied having an affair with the actor.
He writes, “I remember moving into the Natraj Hotel on Marine Drive with my mom during the time Papa was involved with Vyjayanthimala. From the hotel, we shifted for two months into an apartment in Chitrakoot. My father had bought the apartment for Mom and us. He did all he could to woo her back, but my mother wouldn’t give in until he had ended that chapter of his life.”
He remembers getting “livid” when Vyjayanthimala claimed that his father had “manufactured the romance because of his hunger for publicity”. “She had no right to distort facts just because he was no longer around to defend the truth…But I can say with absolute certainty that if Papa had been alive, she wouldn’t have denied the affair so blatantly or called him publicity hungry,” Rishi writes in the book.