‘I had a horrible first meeting with Rishi Kapoor’: Neetu Kapoor reveals interesting facts on her relationship with him
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor have been married for almost 40 decades and are one of the most adored couples in Bollywood. They were even amongst the favourite onscreen jodis. Rishi and Neetu went on to work together in numerous films namely Zinda Dil, Do Dooni Chaar, Besharam, Dhan Daulat, Zehreela Insaan, Duniya Meri Jeb Mein, Khel Khel Mein, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Kabhi Kabhie, Doosra Aadmi, Amar Akbar Anthony to name a few.
During an interaction with Annu Kapoor on his radio show, Neetu spoke at length about her first meet with Rishi. She stated, “I had a horrible first meeting with Rishi Kapoor. He had a habit of bullying, so he would comment on my make-up and clothes, and I’d feel so angry. He was actually a brat who would bully everyone and I was very young at that time. I used to be furious with him.” She further said, “After Bobby became a superhit, Dimple got married and Rishi was left with no other heroine because everyone used to look older than him. I was the only young actress around and by default, after Rickshawala, all his movies started coming to me.”
When asked the moment she decided to spend life with Rishi, Neetu shared, “I don’t remember the exact moment. But I had signed a lot of movies. I was starting to gain confidence. My mother was very protective of me and used to send my cousin Lovely on my dinner dates with Rishi. I was very young, and I had never really been on a date before. This went on for three years, after which I signed ‘Naseeb’, ‘Shaan’ and another four or five big-budget movies. Then Rishiji asked, ‘You are signing so many movies, don’t you want to get married?’ He was thinking about it, I had no idea. He had never said that he wants to get married. We were just dating. So I said, ‘There has to be a boy to get married to. Rishiji said, ‘So who am I?'” The veteran actor added, “I returned the signing amounts of all the movies I had signed, and then gave notice to everyone asking them to finish all pending movies. I had worked so hard in that one year (to complete all projects before marriage), you can’t even imagine. And then my husband told me to finish everything, so we could eventually start a family. It wasn’t that women couldn’t work (after marriage) but I was tired working for 15 years continuously. I wanted a simple life.”