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When the late Rishi Kapoor suffered from depression after the Karz flop, ‘I couldn’t face the camera anymore’

Rishi Kapoor dies on April 30, 2020

Rishi Kapoor dies on April 30, 2020

The late actor Rishi Kapoor, known for many blockbuster films, died on April 30, 2020.

Rishi Kapoor was one of Bollywood’s most talented actors. He gave many hits including Bobby, Amar Akbar Anthony, Karz, Khel Khel Mein, Kabhie Kabhie, Sagar and others. However, there was a time when he wasn’t ready to face the camera and slipped into a deep depression after Karz flopped.

In his autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, Rishi Kapoor mentioned how Feroz Khan’s Qurbani, which was released just a week after Karz, generated a lot of excitement among the audience. Qurbani played Feroz with Zeenat Aman and Vinod Khanna. Rishi writes, “I lost my temper, sinking into a deep depression. I was shaking on the sets and felt weak. I sank back in my chair, went to the makeup room and asked for water.

Well, after Karz Rishi and Neetu Kapoor got married, he started blaming his marriage for losing his fan base. “I felt every ounce of confidence draining me. Karz was very promising, I had thought he would do wonders for my career. There was wonderful music and great work from the cast and director. team. I thought it would be a smash hit and earn rave reviews. When it didn’t happen, I was shattered,” he added.

Karz was directed by Subhash Ghai and starred Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim and Simi Garewal in the lead role.

Subhash Ghai, in an old interview with Mumbai Mirror, said: “On Sunday I learned that he was admitted to hospital for depression. He had worked hard on every scene and was so proud of the film, requesting several previews for his friends before it was released. The no-show was a shock and I had to ask Raj saab (Kapoor) to reassure him that we had made a good film, regardless of its commercial failure.

Rishi Kapoor also later admitted that Karz’s failure affected him a lot. “I realized much later that my depression was a direct result of Karz’s unfortunate fate at the box office. I regained some of my lost confidence when I had drinks at night with my friends. But on set the next morning, I was shaking with fear. I became paranoid and kept worrying that one of the big lights on set would fall on me. But in my brief moments of clarity, I also knew I had to pull myself together and back to normal. And although the process was slow, I managed to get through it and get back to normality,” he shared.

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