Rishi Kapoor, once known as Bollywood's own loverboy, wins the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Negative Role. His scary act as Dawood-ish villain in the Nikhil Advani Film D-day made him the winner tonight.
The film D-Day, which received a fair share of criticism upon its initial release for its portrayal of Dawood, served the thespian the perfect platform to show his potential as an actor. Rishi, with a disarming charm, delivered his nasty gangster ‘Iqbal' in style, which got heavy applause from both audience and film industry.
This time, it is Rishi's fourth Filmfare Award. Filmfare is always special to Rishi, the lover boy of 80s, because destiny bonded him with it. He won the Filmfare award for the best actor in 1974, for his very first lead role in Bobby directed by his father and legendary actor-director, Raj Kapoor. The versatile veteran also received the Filmfare Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008.
While Nikhil Advani was shooting the film D-Day that made Rishi win the Best Actor in Negative Role award, he always maintained that Rishi's character is not modeled on dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim. But when the film came out, it had a strking resemblance to Dawood who is now settled in Pakistan. It was Rishi's performance that was heavily lauded by critics even though the film has many other stars.