Check out Rishi Kapoor-Dimple Kapadia on the sets of Bobby
MUMBAI MIRROR (April 12, 2012)
This simple love story of two Bombay teenagers Raj and Bobby Braganza created history. The film also created two stars – Raj Kapoor’s youngest son Rishi and Dimple Kapadia (seen in this picture clicked by lensman Jagdish Aurangabadkar on the sets of Bobby). But these were not the only things that one remembers of the 1973 blockbuster.
Apart from setting the box office on fire, the film also added fuel to the gossip mills of the Hindi cinema industry. Despite the lack of any PR machinery, whispers of an off screen romance brewing between the two leading stars of the film, Dimple and Rishi, started making its way to the media. And what followed…was perhaps one of Bollywood’s most scandalous rumours.
Apparently, Raj Kapoor, who not only discovered Dimple but also gave her a break as the main protagonist in the film Bobby, was against the love blossoming between his son and her. And this paved way for a lot of speculations.
The gossip mills started churning out stories of Dimple being the illegitimate child of Raj Kapoor and his rumoured love interest Nargis. People even went as far as calling Dimple, Rishi’s step-sister. Eventually, the 16-year-old Dimple ended up marrying the superstar Rajesh Khanna by the time Bobby hit the theatres. The actress, who got awards for her very first on screen performance, left the industry to raise her children, only to resurface after a separation with Khanna in the 1985 film Saagar. Rishi, on the other hand, tied the knot with his later co-star Neetu Singh. His, unlike Dimple’s, was a happy marriage that is still going strong. And with this rumours of the childhood Bobby romance died. What remained was just memories of perhaps India’s most innocent film.
Dimple and Rishi reunited in later years on screen, but nothing could match the pure romance of their first time on screen.
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