When Rishi Kapoor dropped by at Khaleej Times with Ranbir

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Rishi and Ranbir at the Khaleej Times office

The actors were promoting their movie Besharam in 2013.

By Enid Parker

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Published: Thu 30 Apr 2020, 9:29 AM

Last updated: Fri 1 May 2020, 12:05 PM

The sad news of Rishi Kapoor's passing away came as a shock to the City Times team this morning, who were privileged enough to have had a one-on-one with the veteran star of classic films like Karz, Bobby, Amar Akbar Anthony, when he dropped into the Khaleej Times office with his son, Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir, on September 18, 2013 to promote their joint film Besharam, which also starred Rishi's wife Neetu Kapoor.
Ranbir, a star in his own right already with films like Barfi and Rockstar, appeared in awe of his famous father and hardly spoke, letting Rishi do most of the talking. The respect and deference that Ranbir had for Rishi was obvious, with the latter even pausing mid-interview to adjust Ranbir's clothes, and telling him rather sternly to use a box of tissues!
It was impossible not to be blown away by Rishi's imposing personality and his famous charm, and we listened politely as he spoke about his latest project, the first with his son.
"It was always going to happen," Rishi said, when asked what it was like to work with his son. "The surprise was that both my wife and I are coming in a film with him at the same time. I think every audience will like this 'masala' film. It's full of 'masti,' but in real life Ranbir is a good boy. I never remember him acting up, even as a child. His mother may remember differently, though."

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