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Rakhee breaks her silence after 15 years. Tells us why DDLJ was the last Shah Rukh Khan film she liked
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 18, 2012)
Why are you so reclusive? Why should I be in the public glare? I don’t need too much money. I don’t have too many responsibilities any more. I love my independence. There is nobody to question me. For the longest time now, it’s been my farmhouse near Panvel and my animals. I think I may have belonged to the animal kingdom in my past life. And then, I have my books. I am happy and contented.
Has your love for animals and plants landed you in a spot? I remember Yash Johar coming home one day and falling off the stairs because my dogs chased him. He ended up getting a hairline fracture. Another time, I got into an argument with Amitabh Bachchan when our car stopped and he started looking for the water bottles that had been kept inside. When he realised I had used all that water over some plants, he quipped, “Where are you coming from?” To which, I replied, “Why do you carry a sitar with you when you don’t play it?”
Why did you stop acting? I withdrew from films once I stopped getting roles of my choice. But I will always remember my journey and how lucky I have been in getting to learn from so many directors. I shared a great equation with the Barjatyas, Yash Chopra and Dev Anand. I still remember shooting at the TOI building when Satyen Bose slapped me when I didn’t get a scene right in Jeevan Mrityu. I recall when I More >
Family doctor to the Kapoor khaandaan is also guru to lakhs of aspiring doctors, thanks to the free medical lectures he has given for 54 years
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 19, 2012)
At his Fort clinic, Dr Om Prakash Kapoor thumbs through printouts of Internet stories carrying breaking news in medical research. His thin gold framed spectacles sit firmly on his nose, as he looks up and breaks into a large smile.
That smile has been greeting patients and medical students since 1955, when the now 80-year-old physician began practicing at JJ Hospital. Three years later, Kapoor, who was also an honorary professor at Grant Medical College, began tutoring medical students for free.
Kapoor, ever the child of Nehruvian socialism, continued to do so for 27 years. In 1985, he stopped hospital rounds, but couldn’t let go of his professor coat.
After accepting the editorship of the acclaimed Bombay Hospital Journal, he asked its publishers, the Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences Trust, for a favour in return.
“I accepted the editor’s post on the condition that the trust allows me to use its Matoshree Hall for three months every year, where I could teach medical students for free. There is nothing in writing about this arrangement. But the tradition continues,” says Kapoor, who completes 331 classes today. His six-hour long lectures are spread over 12 consecutive Sundays from June to September. The rest of the nine months, laughs Kapoor, he “gets pregnant with More >
In Yash Chopra’s next starring SRK and Katrina Kaif, the couple will carry forward their characters from the filmmaker’s 1976 classic Kabhi Kabhie
Subhash K Jha (BOMBAY TIMES; June 25, 2012)
Even as all eyes are on Yash Chopra’s next starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif, which marks his return as director after a hiatus of eight years, it is now learnt Rishi and Neetu Kapoor will play not-so-small cameos in the film. The couple will carry forward the characters they portrayed in the filmmaker’s 1976 classic Kabhi Kabhie, where they romanced to the tune of numbers like Tere chehre se nazar nahin hat-ti and Tera phoolon jaisa rang composed by Khayyam. We hear A R Rahman will compose a special romantic number for them in the film.
The Kapoors, who are in Prague this week for a friend’s 60th birthday bash, will fly down to London to join Yash Chopra’s unit to play their parts that carry tremendous nostalgic value. Rishi Kapoor confirmed the news but refused to divulge details, “From Prague, we head to London to shoot for Yash Chopra. It’s an honour and our way of paying our respect to the filmmaker. Beyond that, I don’t think I should talk about our role. Yash Chopra would like the nature of our appearance to be a surprise.”
However, a source close to the film revealed, “Yash Chopra, who considers Daag, Kabhi Kabhie and Chandni to be his most romantic films ever, is hoping to recreate the romance of these films in his next. Shah Rukh and Katrina have been projected More >
MUMBAI MIRROR; March 23, 2011
Kabhi Kabhie you get a constellation of stars right under one roof as in this picture shot at the Mumbai premiere of Yash Chopra’s 1976 block-buster.
Kabhi Kabhie which tanked at the box office was widely credited as the film that cast angry young man Amitabh Bachchan against type as a love-lorn romantic poet.
His taciturn character was pitted against the voluble, lovable Shashi Kapoor, the other contender in the film for Rakhi’s affections.
We love the casual innocence of this photograph with Yash Chopra (second from left) Neetu Singh and Shashi Kapoor looking rather distracted by something or someone in another part of the room.
RD Burman and the graceful Waheeda Rehman appear lost in their own thoughts. Only the casual swagger of Amitabh Bachchan note the hand on the hip and Rishi Kapoor betrays the collective star wattage on display.
Rakhi, who had to be cajoled into doing the film her husband, the poet Gulzar was against her working in the movies and for whom this film was written, looks trapped in her immaculate sharara as if she can’t wait for photographer Jagdish Aurangabadkar’s camera to go click before breaking away from the frame.
Neetu Singh talks about her comeback in the movies, getting slim to inspire her husband to follow suit, and how she’s still best friends with Zeenat, Shabana, Rekha and Hema
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 20, 2010)
• You did a blink-n-miss appearance in Love Aaj Kal. What makes you come back with a full-fledged role in Do Doni Chaar after 30 years?
Kuch decide nahin kiya tha. In fact, I had decided I won’t do it. I have been refusing films for years. The entire credit goes to the director of Do Dooni Chaar, Habib. My husband (Rishi) was very keen that I should hear him out. Habib simply bowled me over with his narration.
• Were you nervous for the first shot?
I won’t lie. I was nervous on the first day. I even spoke to Ranbir about it. This role is so unlike my personality. I love dressing up and here I was playing a middle-class housewife. I was asked to cut my nails, put oil in my hair and have a choti.
Ranbir explained to me that I should go with the director’s conviction and I’ll be fine. All these years I have been telling Ranbir what to do, and here he was advising me. It was such an experience. When Ranbir finally saw the film, he sent me a text message saying that ‘Mom, you are so cute in the film’. But you know what (pauses)
Do Dooni Chaar is not a comeback per se for me. I am not going to start signing up movies left, right and centre. I didn’t decide to take a break. I was working from the age of five till I More >
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 14, 2009)It’s a moment of great excitement in lyricist and poet Gulzar’s family. Gulzar and Rakhee’s daughter, Meghna is expecting a baby and is in her sixth month of pregnancy. The baby is due in February.
Meghna’s close friend informs us, “Meghna has been keeping a very low profile these days. She is six months pregnant. She was supposed to start her film Milte Hain this year, but had to push it further due to the pregnancy. Her parents, Gulzar and Rakhee are very happy.”
Confirming her pregnancy, Meghna said, “It’s a happy time for me and the whole family. I am excited about it.”
A few months ago, my agent in London, Ruth Young, told me that Woody Allen had cast me in his untitled film as Freida Pinto’s father. That news came to me on May 24, as I was hosting the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the release of my first film Saaransh. No award that I had received in my quarter century in cinema could have made me happier than this bit of news.
Buried as I was with work, the excitement abated only to resurface on August 23, when I was set to go to London for the shoot. It suddenly hit me that I was going to work with someone I had adored and almost worshipped for decades. Then, a strange nervousness gripped me; just like it did during the first day’s shoot of Saaransh. But that was understandable when I was a rookie being directed by Mahesh Bhatt. Now I had acted in almost 400 films. Yet I was nervous.
To understand this reaction, I spoke to my mentor Mahesh Bhatt and asked him how I should behave when I would be on Woody Allen’s sets. Nervous, confident or important? Mahesh said, “Just be the way you are: inquisitive, nervous, and, be yourself.”
I reached London the next morning and was taken for a ‘costume and look’ trial. I was told that Woody Allen would see me the next day as he only meets actors directly on the sets on the day of the shoot. But I pleaded and they reluctantly took me to a More >