Despite being diagnosed with cancer two years ago, Rishi Kapoor did not retire from his film career. Last seen in ‘The Body’ (2019), Kapoor was to star in two upcoming films, ’The Intern’ with Deepika Padukone and ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ with Juhi Chawla’.
‘The Intern’ is an Indian adaptation of Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway’s 2015 Hollywood film, also of the same name. Azure Entertainment and Warner Bros. India were to jointly produce the project along with Padukone’s Ka Productions. News 18 revealed Kapoor saying in a statement that, “The Intern is a very relevant film for the present-day Indian workplace milieu and it showcases human relationships beautifully. I am very excited to be working with Deepika and being a part of this heart-warming story. It is great that Warner Bros. and Azure are officially making this film in India.”
‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ with Juhi Chawla was currently being filmed and had been signed by Kapoor, just before he went to America for his Cancer treatment. “Waiting to join the unit, shoot in Delhi, and scrabble championships with Chintuji,” Chawla had posted in September 2018.
Directed by Hitesh Bhatia, produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment, there were only a few days left till completion. Filming had commenced in December 2019 when Kapoor returned back to India after almost a year of treatment in America. Sharing pictures of herself, Kapoor and the other team members, Chawla had tweeted, “Wishing ‘SHARMAJI NAMKEEN’ all the very very best, as shooting starts to roll!! May it be one of the most charming films of 2020!!”
This film was special as it marked the reunion of Chawla and Kapoor after almost a decade. The pair had starred in numerous films including ‘Bol Radha Bol’ (1992), ‘Rishta To Ho Aisa’ (1992), ‘Ghar Ki Izzat’ (1994), ‘Saajan Ka Ghar’ (1994), ‘Eena Meena Deeka’ (1994), ‘Daraar’ (1996) and ‘Luck by Chance’ (2009).