16 January, 2021

Diary | In Love With Jhalmuri, If There’s Rishi Kapoor, Can Food Be Far Behind?

Food was very much part of the Rishi Kapoor khaandan. Rishi and Neetu Kapoor were always the perfect hosts. Their hospitality was just too good, too sweet, writes Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

Diary | In Love With Jhalmuri, If There’s Rishi Kapoor, Can Food Be Far Behind?
First Cut

Grumpy. As far as first impressions go, there was only one way to describe the man—grumpy. This was sometime in 2006, at the launch of Madhu Jain’s book The Kapoors. While others from the family, like Shashi Kapoor, posed happily for pictures and even engaged in some inconsequential conversation, Rishi Kapoor was…well, grumpy and forbidding.

Cut to 2011—my next meeting with Rishi Kapoor. This was courtesy my friend and author Suresh Kohli who had facilitated the publication of K.A. Abbas’s novelisation of the scripts of Mera Naam Joker and Bobby. Rishi Kapoor had agreed to release the books at a bookstore event. And this time, the star was mellower. He seemed amused that two of his favourite films could be published as novels. That’s when the seed of his autobiography was sown.

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