Rishi Kapoor talks about the losses suffered by RK studious after the fire mishap

Sep 18, 2017 Abhishree Kulkarni

The fire mishap that took place at RK studious over the weekend has left the Kapoors in a state of shock. Even though there were no casualties the iconic film studio founded by legendary showman Raj Kapoor has lost a lot of precious memorabilia.

Talking about the tragic incident Rishi Kapoor said, “I still cannot believe it. I'm partially in denial even now. I spent several hours looking around the studio and as the embers fell, I felt distressed and helpless. Yet, here I am at home and I'm still thinking that perhaps it was just a bad dream.”

Rishi also shared his memories of the first few films shot at RK studious. “My own journey at the RK Studio started at the age of two when I shot with my elder siblings, Randhir and Ritu, for the song Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua from Shree 420. I kept crying because I had to walk through heavy rain and Nargisji bribed me with a Cadbury chocolate, promising to give it to me if I did what my father asked me to do. That aside, can you now imagine, how devastated I was when I saw the fire destroy everything around me? I am 65 now. It's a place I have been frequenting for 63 years. So have my siblings. It is an equally big blow for Randhir and Rajeev," Rishi said in an interview.

Speaking about the losses Rishi said, “Everything was gone. Including the iconic mask from ‘Mera Naam Joker.’ There were costumes from every RK film, from ‘Awaara’ to ‘Chalen.’ Most of the stuff was kept neatly in trunks and some of it was even labelled. The costumes worn by every RK heroine, from Nargis to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is lost. The jewellery worn by Padmini in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai was also stored here with a lot of love. There were spears, sabres, artefacts, furniture and other regalia used for the various shoots. The ‘Mera Naam Joker’ mask and clothes... Dabboo and I couldn't believe what hit us. This is probably why they say that one should never put all eggs in one basket. But for us, this was our father's legacy, and it was a treasure trove.”

Our hearts go out to the Kapoor family as they come to terms with their losses.

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