Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh were accepted as a successful romantic pair in the bollywood films of the 70s. They performed very well in the film Khel Khel Me, where by having a sport the college students including Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Rakesh Roshan entered into trouble where a group of lawbreakers headed by Dev Kumar involved them. Rishi and Neetu gave adequate lips in the songs of the film “ek mai aur ke too”, “humne tumko dekha” etc., composed by RD Burman.
Both of them did very well in the film Kabhi Kabhi in 1975. Although Amitabh and Rakhee played the role of the first generation, Rishi and Neetu displayed teenage romance also in the film. Amitabh played the role of a poet who had amazed Rakhee during her student life but could not marry her. Rakhee married and Shashi Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor played the role of his son. The songs composed by Khayyam became landmark hits including “kabhi kabhi mere dil me”, sung by Mukesh and Lata, “mai pal do pal ka shayar hoon”, sung by Mukesh, etc.
Probably the pair was most successful in the film Amar Akbar Anthony, released in 1977. It was a multi-starrer film directed by Manmohan Desai, where the three brothers played by big B, Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor were separated and came to know each other at the end of the film. Rishi Kapoor played the role of a qawalli singer and gave excellent lips in the songs of the film including “parda hai parda”, “shirdiwali saibaba” sung by Rafi and composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal. Neetu Singh was the daughter of Mukri who never wanted her to get married to Rishi Kapoor. The romantic performance of Rishi Kapoor balanced the personality of Vinod Khanna and comedy performance of Big B.
Both of them also acted in the film Rafoo Chakkar. It was a comedy film where Rishi Kapoor even pretended to be a girl and Paintal made a significant contribution in the film.
Neetu Singh left films after marrying Rishi Kapoor, otherwise the pair could have featured in other films as well. The viewers expect them to perform together in character roles in future.
By: Supriya Chatterji.