Love story between Russia and Kapoor 'khandaan' has spread across generations. Decades back, Raj Kapoor was the most popular Bollywood celebrity in this part of the world. Now, it's the turn of veteran actor rishi kapoor, who is being showered with this love and affection. He is currently in Russia where he is being honoured by the Government for his contribution to cinema. The highlight of the event would be the citation and diploma that rishi kapoor would receive for his efforts over the years.
Confirms an elated rishi kapoor on the eve of his trip to Russia, "Obviously, I am quite happy with Russian Government recognizing me for my work over the years. It has been a long journey for me spread across four decades. An award like this only keeps the actor in me alive and kicking."
A twin event that takes place on 9th and 10th November in Moscow and Vladikavkaz respectively, it has been put together in conjunction with a NGO called 'Routes 2 Roots'. It endeavours bringing together people, cultures and values across SAARC countries. It is as a part of this initiative that rishi kapoor has travelled to this part of the world.
However, a trip over the weekend means that rishi kapoor missed out on the premier of his son Ranbir Kapoor's Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.
"Yes, I can't help it. The date for the event had been announced and I needed to fulfill my commitment. I would have loved to be a part of Ranbir's moment of glory. I will catch the film when I return a week later", says rishi kapoor.
Meanwhile, his better half Neetu Singh has caught the film and is apparently quite happy with the final results.
"I am sure by the time people are reading this; the verdict would anyways have been out", he smiles, "While I am quite positive about Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani due to its fun element, Neetu is very happy with what she saw. I am sure Ranbir fans would be happy to see him in a different light altogether after Wake Up Sid."
Incidentally, rishi kapoor has earlier worked with Ajab Prem... director Rajkumar Santoshi in Damini which had won critical as well as commercial acclaim.
On his return, rishi kapoor would straight away head for Turkey where he has a shooting schedule planned for Hema Malini's Tell Me Oh Khuda. Directed by debutant Mayur Puri, the film is being touted as Esha Deol's comeback film and stars rishi kapoor in a principal role other than Arjan Bajwa and Vinod Khanna.
"I am looking forward to working with Hemaji again", he says, "Though she doesn't star in the film, she would be there in the capacity of a producer. There would be a Turkish actress opposite me in the film."
In 2010, rishi kapoor would also be seen in Raj Kanwar's Sadiyaan. He would soon be beginning work on Nikhil Advani's Patiala House where he would be seen with Akshay Kumar yet again after Namastey London.