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27 Rishi Kapoor Films to Stream at Home Now

admin   April 30, 2020

RIP Rishi Sir

Just when the entire world was recuperating from the fact that immensely talented Irrfan Khan was no more with us, it woke up yet another shocking loss when news flashed that we had lost yet another charmer, yet another talent powerhouse, yet another gem….Rishi Kapoor.

The evergreen heartthrob, who has had a magnificent career in Bollywood passed away on Thursday (30.4.20) in Mumbai after a two year battle with leukaemia. He was 67. The veteran actor started his career as a child actor, earned kudos constantly during his career spanning over four decades.

Hailing from the illustrious Kapoor family of Bollywood, Rishi was the son of late iconic actor Raj Kapoor, and had two brothers Randhir and Rajeev Kapoor and two sisters Ritu Nanda and Reema Jain.  He shared a close bond with his siblings, especially with Randhir. He was famously called as ‘Chintu’ by his family. He is survived by his wife Neetu Singh, son Ranbir and daughter Ridhima.

The veteran began his career with roles in his father Raj Kapoor films. As a child he made appearance in Shree 420 song “PyarHua IkrarHua”. Then in 1970 he acted in “Mera Naam Joker”, winning the National award for best child artist for his performance. Later he made his debut as a leading man in Bobby. The actor soon became the chocolate boy of the Hindi film industry. He delivered his best performances in the films like ‘RafooChakkar’, ‘Karz’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Prem Rog’, ‘Chandni’, ‘Agneepath’, to name a few. His last few filsm were ‘Mulk’, ‘The Body’ and ‘Jhootha Kahin Ka, and was also meant to star in a Bollywood adaptation of “The Intern” with Deepika Padukone.

Now that we have lost the chance to see him more on the big screen, we can only cherish and remember him by applauding and watching the marvelous legacy of work that he has left behind.

Here are 27 fabulous Rishi Kapoor films that you can stream and watch on digital platforms 

Mera Naam Joker (1970)

Director: Raj Kapoor
Producer: Raj Kapoor
Starring: Raj Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Manoj Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Dharmendra
Streaming on ZEE5

It was this superhit drama in 1970 that launched Rishi Kapoor in the industry. Father Raj Kapoor directed and produced the film, which was critically acclaimed. Rishi Kapoor bagged the award for Best Child actor in the film. Mera Naam Joker completes 50 years in 2020 and has a run time of 4 hours and 15 minutes. It took six years to complete the film and was made on a huge budget.

Bobby (1973)

Director: Raj Kapoor
Producer: Raj Kapoor
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Prem Nath, Pran
Streaming on ZEE5

The film marked the entry of young and charming Rishi Kapoor in Bollywood who then went on to rule millions of hearts with his performance. The musical romance also featured Dimple Kapadia. The film became a blockbuster, the top-grossing Indian hit of 1973, the second-top-grossing hit of the 1970s at the Indian box office,and one of the top 20 highest-grossing Indian films of all time. The film became a trend-setter and fetched Rishi the Filmfare Award for best actor.

Zehreela Insaan (1974)

Director: Puttanna Kanagal
Producer: Virendra Sinha
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Moushumi Chatterjee, Neetu Singh, Ambareesh, Pran
Streaming on Youtube Movies

The 1974 romance film directed by PuttannaKanagal and produced by Virendra Sinha starred Rishi Kapoor along with Moushumi Chatterjee, Neetu Singh, Ambareesh and Pran. It is a remake of Kanagal’s own 1972 Kannada film Naagarahaav. The movie was based on three novels of novelist Ta Ra Subbarao better known as Ta Ra Su.

Khel Khel Mei (1975)

Director: Ravi Tandon
Producer: Ravi Malhotra
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Rakesh Roshan, Aruna Irani
Streaming on Youtube Movies

The 1975 Indian Hindi suspense thriller film directed by Ravi Tandon featured hit numbers like “Ek Main AurEk Tu”, and also Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karenge” and starred Neetu Kapoor opposite Rishi Kapoor in the film. With comic start the film takes a thriller turn in the end.

Raffoo Chakkar (1975)

Director: Narender Bedi
Producer: I.A Nadiadwala
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Madan Puri, Rajendranath Paintal
Streaming on Youtube Movies

Who can afford to miss this comedy drama by Rishi Kapoor which also starred Neetu Singh in a pivotal role? The 1975 film was among the first to play with ideas of same-sex love in Hindi films, and is considered important for its light-hearted treatment of themes such as sex and gender.

Kabhi Kabhie (1976)

Director: Yash Chopra
Producer: Yash Chopra
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Raakhee, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh
Streaming on Youtube Movies

The 1976 romantic drama is still Bollywood’s most romantic films made so far. Besides Rishi, the film also starred Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha and bagged many awards.

Laila Majnu (1976)

Director: Harnam Singh Rawail
Producers: Ram B.C, Seeroo Daryani
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Ranjeeta Kaur, Danny Dengzongpa, Aruna Irani
Streaming on EROS NOW

The 1976 romantic film, based on the legendary story of Layla and Majnun, starred Rishi Kapoor along with Ranjeeta, Danny Denzongpa, Aruna Irani, Asrani, Iftekhar, Tom Alter and Ranjeet.

Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

Director: Manmohan Desai
Producer: Manmohan Desai
Starring: Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi, Nirupa Roy, Pran, Ranjeet
Streaming on Amazon Prime, Netflix, ShemarooMe

The blockbuster film also starred Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna in lead roles and revolved around three brothers who are separated in childhood and adopted by three families of different faiths—Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. It became the highest-grossing Indian film of that year.

Doosra Aadmi (1977)

Director: Ramesh Talwar
Producer: Yash Chopra
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Shashi Kapoor, Raakhee
Streaming on Amazon Prime

The 1977 Yash Raj film was lauded for Rishi Kapoor performance along with Neetu Kapoor and shahsi Kapoor and Raakhee. A tale of a couple who marry against the wishes of their parents.  It was adapted from ’40-Carats’ where the hero (Rishi Kapoor) falls for an elder woman (Rakhi).

Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977)

Director: Nasir Hussain
Producer: Nasir Hussain
Starring: Tariq Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Kaajal Kiran, Amjad Khan, Om Shivpuri, Zeenat Aman
Streaming on Youtube Movies

The 1977 musical drama film produced and directed by Nasir Hussain took the third top spot at the box office in the year. The thriller was loved for its sound tracks too. Kajal, an affluent girl, comes across her estranged childhood lover Manjeet and decides to marry him… until she discovers that Manjeet has devised a plan to kidnap her.

Sargam (1979)

Director: K. Viswanath
Producer: N.N. Sippy
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Jaya Prada
Streaming on Disney Hotstar

Written and directed by K. Viswanath, the film was a remake of his earlier Telugu film Siri Siri Muvvaand starring Jayaprada. The film became a huge success at the box office and took the top spot at the box office in the year. It featured blockbuster numbers like ‘Dufliwale’, and ‘Parbat Ke Us Paar’.  It’s a classic and memorable from K Vishwanath. A young woman, who is unable to hear or speak and ill-treated by her stepmother, seeks her escape through classical dancing. Musician Raju, helps her achieve her goal of becoming a dancer.

Karz (The Debt) (1980)

Director: Subhash Ghai
Producers: Akhtar Farooqui, Jagjit Khurana
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim, Simi Garewal, Raj Kiran
Streaming on ZEE5

The 1980 reincarnation film was directed by Subash Ghai and also starred Tina Munim and Simi Grewal in lead roles. The film rendered Rishi’s chartbusters like ‘”Dard-E-Dil” and “Om Shanti Om”, for life. It has a great storyline. Monty discovers the shocking truth about his past life when he was killed by his gold-digger wife, while his family was rendered homeless. Supported by his lover, he decides to set things right.

Prem Rog (1982)

Director: Raj Kapoor
Producer: Raj Kapoor
Starring: Shammi Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Padmini Kolhapure, Tanuja Nanda
Streaming on Youtube Movies

The 1982 romantic film directed by Raj Kapoor told the story of a man’s love towards a woman who is a widow and of a higher status. The film is considered a classic and earned high critical acclaim. Prem Rog was listed by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of its top ten “Most Romantic Films Ever”. One of the best movies ever made by Raj Kapoor. Its narrative, bold theme (widow remarriage) will remain forever in everyone’s minds.

Saagar (1985)

Director: Ramesh Sippy
Producer: G. P. Sippy
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Kamal Haasan, Dimple Kapadia, Nadira
Streaming on Amazon Prime, MX Player

The 1985 romantic drama made Rishi a superstar. Directed by Ramesh Sippy the film also starred Kamal Haasan and Dimple Kapadia. It received critical acclaim upon release, and won four Filmfare Awards. Saagar was India’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985.

Chandni (1989)

Director: Yash Chopra
Producers: Yash Chopra, T. Subbarami Reddy
Starring: Sridevi, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman
Streaming on Amazon Prime

The musical romance by Yash Raj Films is one of the milestone films of Rishi kapoor’s film career. It also starred Vinod Khanna and Sridevi. The film was loved for its direction, plot and music. It becoming the third highest-grossing Indian film of 1989. Sadly, the ‘Chandni era’ has come to an end with all three stars of the film leaving for heaven!

Henna (1991)

Directors: Randhir Kapoor, Raj Kapoor
Producers: Randhir Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Zeba Bakhtiar, Ashwini Bhave
Streaming on Youtube Movies

The 1991 romantic drama starred Pakistani actress Zeba Bakhtiyar opposite Rishi Kapoor and is considered as one of the finest movies of Rishi’s carrer so far. Shot in Kashmir, the film is loved for its music too. An, emotional film.

Bol Radha Bol (1992)

Director: David Dhawan
Producer: Nitin Manmohan
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla
Streaming on ZEE5

The action thriller directed by David Dhawan saw Rishi playing an industrialist who falls for a village belle, played by Juhi Chawla. It was a blockbuster and it songs became a rage.

Chintu Ji (2009)

Director: Ranjit Kapoor
Producers: Bobby Bedi, Gautam Talwar
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Kulraj Randhawa, Priyanshu Chatterjee
Streaming on EROS NOW

The film is always a special one for late Rishi Kapoor as it was released marking his 57th birthday. Directed by Ranjit Kapoor, saw Rishi Kapoor tickling the funny bones of the audience. It is part fact and part fiction, the film is about an actor Chintu, Rishi Kapoor almost playing himself.

Love Aaj Kal (2009)

Director: Imtiaz Ali
Producers: Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rishi Kapoor, Giselli Monteiro
Streaming on Youtube Movies

The film saw Rishi Kapoor playing the role of older Saif Ali Khan in the Imtiaz Ali film that also starred Deepika Padukone. The love story was a box office success and bagged Rishi Kapoor the Guild Award for Best Actor. An old-fashioned romantic tells his personal love story to a modern man who has just broken up with his girlfriend.

Do Dooni Chaar (2010)

Director: Habib Faisal
Producer: Arindam Chaudhuri
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh
Streaming on Netflix

The 2010 comedy-drama saw Rishi Kapoor playing the role of a middle-class family man. He won Filmfare and Stardust awards for his performance in the film that also starred Neeti Kapoor. The setting is a middle class house in a tiny colony of Delhi. Many reviewers commented the film by Habib Faisal, as a Hrishikesh Mukherjee film.

Patiala House (2011)

Director: Nikkhil Advani
Producers: Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Talreja, Krishan Kumar, Twinkle Khanna, Zoeb Springwala
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Soni Razdan
Streaming on Netflix

The sporty drama was released in 2011 and also starred Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma. The film was a box office success and Rishi again claimed rave reviews for his performance.  Rishi Kapoor’s authoritative patriarch character makes a major mark in this film.

Agneepath (2012)

Director: Karan Malhotra
Producers:  Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar
Starring:  Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri, Zarina Wahab
Streaming on Amazon Prime

Rishi Kapoor decided to play a grey character in this 2012 film which was a remake of 1990 blockbuster of the same name. Rishi Kapoor once shared how he first refused to play the character, but later was convinced that it challenged him to play underworld don Rauf Lala in the film. He played the role and won hearts with his acting skills. He also bagged the IIFA awards for Best Performance in a Negative Role.

Student of the Year (2012)

Director: Karan Johar
Producers: Hiroo Yash Johar, Gauri Khan
Starring: Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Rishi Kapoor
Streaming on Amazon Prime

Few of the last films that saw Rishi Kapoor winning hearts was this that released in 2012 and also marked the entry of Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra in Bollywood. The film saw Rishi playing the role of the college dean and was a box office success.

D-Day (2013)

Director: Nikkhil Advani
Producers: DAR Motion Pictures, Emmay Entertainment
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Shruti Haasan, Huma Qureshi
Streaming on Amazon Prime

The 2013 action-thriller is a well-researched, executed nicely. The crime drama, works well, with high quality acting by the likes of Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan and Huma Qureshi. Much of the action takes places in Karachi locations. Reaistic action thriller. Rishi Kapoor played a wanted India’s leader. He won the Screen Award as the ‘Best Villian’.

Kapoor and Sons (2016)

Director: Shakun Batra
Producers: Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta
Starring: Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor
Streaming on Amazon Prime, Netflix

Rishi Kapoor won many hearts as he played a joyous oldie in the 2016 superhit film. He bagged many awards for his role as he played the 90-year-old grandfather to leading actors Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan in the film. The film is an intense observation of human inadequacies. Rishi Kapoor, as a nonagenarian is amazing.

Mulk (2018)

Director: Anubhav Sinha
Producers: Deepak Mukut, Anubhav Sinha
Starring: Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Manoj Pahwa, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor
Streaming on ZEE5

The film was released in 2018 and is one of the finest works by Rishi in his last few active years. The Anubhav Sinha film related the story of a Muslim family trying to reclaim its lost honor after a family member gets involved in terrorism. The film also starred Taapsee Pannu and bagged several awards. Mulk is a compelling, courageous film and a reality in action. 

Rajma Chawal (2018)

Director: Leena Yadav
Producers: Leena Yadav, Aseem Bajaj, Gulab Singh Tanwar
Starring: Rishhi Kapoor, Anirudh Tanwar, Amyra Dastur, Sheeba Chaddha, Aparshakti Khu
Streaming on Netflix

The 2018 off-beat comedy-drama was directed by Leena Yadav, and starred Rishi Kapoor, Anirudh Tanwar and Amyra Dastur in the lead. The film revolves around a father-son relationship in today’s time. Rishi Kapoor leads the cast with effortless ease and inspiring.

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Indie Resurgence

admin   August 29, 2019

Driven by a fresh burst of energy, a new breed of independent filmmakers are delivering films based on their own individualistic visions, erasing the gap between the socially meaningful and the commercially viable Indian cinema – By Saibal Chatterjee

Mediocrity is mainstream Indian cinema’s comfort zone. It has always been. But today, being middling is more than just an old habit for filmmakers seeking easy ways to achieve runaway commercial success. It has become a necessity. Low-grade, star-driven commercial cinema and its purveyors are being gleefully embraced by both the masses and the official agencies charged with the promotion of film culture in the country.

It is hardly surprising, therefore, that an unabashedly misogynistic film like
Arjun Reddy hits the box-office bull’s eye. Its Hindi remake, Kabir Singh, made by the same director with a different actor, does even better.

Another easy-to-sell category of cinema has emerged, especially in Mumbai, over the past few years: adulatory biopics and puff jobs. These are films that are either aggressively jingoistic (Uri: The Surgical Strike, RAW: Romeo Akbar Walter) or are unabashed extended, fictionalized public service adverts (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha). Taking the line of least resistance pays instant dividends. These films not only make pots of money but also often go on to win national awards at the cost of essays that are leagues ahead in cinematic terms.

But for a new breed of independent filmmakers who are consciously pulling away from the crowd and following their own individualistic visions to deliver films aimed at erasing the gap between the socially meaningful and the commercially viable, Indian cinema today would have worn the looks of a hopeless wasteland.

Mercifully, even filmmakers working in the mainstream space – Pa. Ranjith and Vetrimaaran in Chennai and Anurag Kashyap and Anubhav Sinha in Mumbai – do not shy away from hitting political hot-buttons and questioning gender presumptions in stories couched in popular narrative formulations.

When Vetrimaaran makes Vada Chennai, he ensures that it isn’t any ordinary gangster flick. He infuses it with a social resonance that communicates truths about a city and society in ways that are beyond the reach of less clued-in filmmakers. Pretty much the same is true of Pa. Ranjith. His two Rajinikanth vehicles, Kabali and Kaala, have a strong caste struggle sub-text delivered in a style that never strays into the preachy and boring. Ranjith also recently produced Mari Selvaraj’s Pariyerum Perumal, the story of a boy from an oppressed caste struggling to ward of continuing discrimination.

Ranjith is now in the midst of directing his first Hindi-language film – a drama based on the life of tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda. The choice of hero is a natural progression for a filmmaker whose cinema has probed the place of the deprived and dispossessed in a society where power flows from religious identity and caste allegiance.

Important elements dovetailed into the plot of Anurag Kashyap’s boxing drama Mukkabaaz also reflects the political consciousness of the maker. The ills of the caste system have also been laid bare in stark detail in Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15. The film is a worthy follow-up to Sinha’s Mulk, which addressed the issue of Islamophobia head-on. We might argue that Indian films still haven’t gone far enough to call out patriarchy and the Brahmanical order. But the very fact that some films are making an attempt, no matter a feeble, is itself a sign of the changing times.

A fresh burst of energy is driving independent filmmakers not just in Tamil
Nadu and Kerala but also in Mumbai. The primary space in debutant Madhu C. Narayanan’s Malayalam film Kumbalangi Nights, scripted by Syam Puskaran, is the home of four brothers who have no woman in their lives. The siblings are all flawed, scalded individuals until women enter their lives and make them see life and love in a different light. The film is an examination of masculinity that turns the entire notion of patriarchy on its head.

Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s daringly innovative multi-plot drama Super Deluxe is a film that throws caution to the wind and yet comes with such astounding formal precision that one cannot but watch in awe and applaud. Kumararaja throws four sub-plots into a giant, constantly whirring grinder and emerges with a film so fascinating and so wondrously inventive that one is caught by surprise at every turn.

Super Deluxe subverts our expectations at every turn. A couple is thrown into turmoil following the death of the woman’s ex-boyfriend in her bed. A father of a boy returns to his family after a seven-year absence in the guise of a transwoman. A schoolboy who bunks school with his friends to watch a pornographic film flies into a rage on discovering that his mother is an adult movie actress. Four friends get into terrible tangle with the underworld in an attempt to wriggle out of a minor jam.

The fast-paced, almost breathless film delivers a dazzling kaleidoscope of an urban landscape where every single day is as strange and disconcerting as the previous one. Super Deluxe is testimony to what younger Tamil filmmakers are capable of as storytellers and craftsmen.

The new Malayalam cinema, too, is going through a wonderfully fecund phase. Three films made by Kerala directors are in two of world’s major festivals this year. Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Chola (Shape of Water) premieres at the Venice Film Festival while Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu and Getu Mohandas’s Moothon are in the Toronto International Film Festival. Sasidharan’s S Durga won the Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam a couple of years ago, the first Indian film to bag the prize.

Lijo is, of course, also a name to reckon with. He is in the midst of a urple patch., Before Jallikattu, he delivered two absolutely stunning films – Angamaly Diaries and Ee. Ma. Yau – both of which prove his grasp over the medium and his phenomenal ability to handle a multiplicity of actors within single uninterrupted sequences.

The first world that spring to mind when watching a Lijo film is dynamism, the kind that can be extremely infectious. It would be no exaggeration if we were to suggest that he, along with Sasidharan, are the ones who are propelling the resurgence of Malayalam cinema on the global stage. We expect more surprises as filmmakers from Kerala reclaim the place they had in international festivals in the 1980s and a part of the 1990s.