Rakesh Roshan reveals Rishi Kapoor had a cancer relapse in Delhi this February, says 'advised him against travelling'


The sudden demise of Rishi Kapoor shook the entire Indian cine industry. The veteran breathed his last at the age of 67 on April 30 and shattered the hearts of family and friends by departing for his heavenly abode. He was battling leukemia for the last two years. As the nation is mourning and remembering the legendary star, Rakesh Roshan, actor's best friend, opened up about his health and what caused the sudden change in the situation. The filmmaker told that he warned Rishi against travelling to Delhi for a wedding in February due to his health condition. However, he added that the Bobby actor took the risk and had a relapse there. 

“Both of us had cancer, though different kinds. I am aware of how infection-prone we are. So when Chintu told me about his plans to go to Delhi in February for a wedding I advised him against it. But he still went, and had a relapse there. When I met Chintu he admitted he should’ve listened to me and that he made a mistake by going to Delhi,” Rakesh told the portal.


Rishi left us... Chintu gone... feeling lonely, God give strength

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Rishi, in February, was admitted to a hospital in Delhi and informed a media agency that he is undergoing treatment for an infection and nothing 'dramatic'. I have had an infection which am getting treated. Nothing dramatic. Pollution got me I guess.” The actor's wife Neetu Kapoor and son Ranbir Kapoor along with his girlfriend Alia Bhatt headed to Delhi to be with him. He tweeted, "Dear family,friends,foes and followers. I have been overwhelmed by all your concern about my health.Thank you. I have been filming in Delhi past 18 days and because of the Pollution and my low count of neutrophils, I caught an infection whereby I had to be hospitalized. I was running a slight fever and on investigation,Dr.s found a patch which could have lead to pneumonia,was detected and is being cured. People seem to have assumed a lot different. I put to rest all those stories and look forward to entertain and love you. I am now in Mumbai."


Veteran actor Rishi was cremated at the Chandanwadi Crematorium on April 30 with a few family members and a couple of industry friends in attendance. 

(Source: Bollywood Hungama/Twitter/Instagram)