Neetu Kapoor: “I had a horrible first meeting with Rishi Kapoor”

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Neetu Kapoor did not take too well to her first meeting with husband and old-school actor Rishi Kapoor, reminiscently calling Rishi a “brat”.

Rishi and Neetu have been a lasting couple in Bollywood, but their first meeting was not the smoothest, with Neetu Kapoor telling on ‘Suhaana Safar with Annu Kapoor’, “I had a horrible first meeting with Rishi Kapoor. He had a habit of bullying, so he would comment on my make-up and clothes, and I’d feel so angry. He was actually a brat who would bully everyone and I was very young at that time. I used to be furious with him”.

Neetu also commented, “After ‘Bobby’ became a superhit, Dimple got married and Rishi was left with no other heroine because everyone used to look older than him. I was the only young actress around and by default, after ‘Rickshawala’, all his movies started coming to me”.

On being asked about the precise moment Neetu had decided to spend the rest of her life with Rishi, the actress said, “I don’t remember the exact moment. But I had signed a lot of movies. I was starting to gain confidence. My mother was very protective of me and used to send my cousin Lovely on my dinner dates with Rishi.”

Neetu elaborated, “I was very young, and I had never really been on a date before. This went on for three years, after which I signed ‘Naseeb’, ‘Shaan’ and another four or five big-budget movies. Then Rishiji asked, ‘You are signing so many movies, don’t you want to get married?’ He was thinking about it, I had no idea. He had never said that he wants to get married. We were just dating. So I said, ‘There has to be a boy to get married to. Rishiji said, ‘So who am I?'”

On the topic of revealing her marriage plans to her mother, the legendary actress stated, “I returned the signing amounts of all the movies I had signed, and then gave notice to everyone asking them to finish all pending movies. I had worked so hard in that one year (to complete all projects before marriage), you can’t even imagine. “And then my husband told me to finish everything, so we could eventually start a family. It wasn’t that women couldn’t work (after marriage) but I was tired working for 15 years continuously. I wanted a simple life”.

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By Arjen Gill

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