Fans of the beautiful Zeba Bakhtiar would recall that she once worked in Bollywood with none other than the late Bollywood legend, Rishi Kapoor. The youngest son of Raj Kapoor and the Pakistani starlet shared screen space a 1991’s Henna. As Rishi passed away last week after a prolonged battle with cancer, tributes poured in from across the world. Bakhtiar also took to social media to share her memories of the actor.
Sharing a few stills from their film on Instagram, the Lollywood veteran wrote, “Just heard this news that my sweet friend Rishi Kapoor is no more! I am really shocked to hear! The time passed so quickly! Looks like Henna was shot a day back! I will really miss you and I love you. It’s really hard to bear this loss!”
Bakhtiar continued, “You were a superstar for all of us. RIP, dear Rishi. My Chander Prakash! You are and forever will be in our hearts! Thank you for the things you taught me during our shoot! Can’t write more! Only yours, Henna!”
PHOTO: ZEBA BAKHTIAR/INSTAGRAM
Later, in an interview with an Indian publication SpotboyE, she opened up about how Kapoor made her feel right at home while they were shooting for the film.
“Before these mobile phones came into our lives, I used to call him on his land-line to wish him on his birthdays and on Diwali. And once the trend of WhatsApp started, we communicated on that to wish each other,” Bakhtiar reminisced. “Also, he used to message me whenever a film of Ranbir Kapoor released and I used to make it a point to go and watch it.”
Reminiscing her first meeting with Kapoor ahead of the film, she shared, “The first day I worked with Rishi Kapoor was for a screen shoot and a photo-shoot for Henna. I was totally new and unfamiliar with everything so very, very nervous. But he made it quite comfortable for me and encouraged me a lot, so much so that in just 48 hours, I felt like the Kapoor family was my family.”
Of her experience of working with Kapoor, she added, “I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Rishi Kapoor. It was a tremendous experience; I had always admired him as a hero and an actor.”
Bakhtiar went on to say that working with Kapoor was nothing less than “a delight and an extremely profound learning experience.” She stated, “He was one of the most thorough professionals I have worked with. He knew everything about his work and was meticulous. He made no compromise in his performances. Just being around him and watching him work was an education.”
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