Bollywood’s beloved actor Rishi Kapoor passed away exactly a year ago after succumbing to his battle with cancer leaving B-Town stars devastated.
On his first death anniversary recently, Simi Jee posted an old photograph with the late actor and penned down a heartfelt note:
“He was an extension of our existence," she wrote. “We have accepted life will never be the same without him.”
Rishi Kapoor’s co-star and first love Simi Garewal opened up about the last few days of the said actor. Simi remembered when Rishi's wife Neetu called her a night before he passed away and weeped on the phone over Rishi’s deteriorating health condition.
The Chalte Chalte actress divulged the despondency of the time. While talking to FIlmi Beat, she recalled:
"I spoke to Neetu for a long time on the phone when she was taking care of Chintu at the hospital in Mumbai. It was during the lockdown last year and she had been isolated and alone in the hospital for a month. She wept as she told me how weak he had become. The next day he died.”
She further recounted the days before his death when nobody knew how much Rishi was suffering because of his never-altering kindness and goofy personality.
“Chintu (Rishi) was very fond of my sister Amrita, and she and I literally prayed for his health at the gurudwara while he was in NY. Neetu knew about it and kept messaging me, writing, 'Keep praying Simi!'”
“I met him last at the Bachchans' 2019 Diwali party and he broke through the crowds to come and hug us. He looked so good; he was slim and glowing! We talked with great affection from both sides that night. That was our last meeting."
Simi Jee and Rishi Kapoor have worked together on a couple of projects including Karz, Mera Naam Joker, and Kabhie Kabhie. Rishi even described Neetu as his “first crush”.