When it came to calling a spade, a spade no one could do with better than Rishi Kapoor. I’ve been at the receiving end of some of his sharpest barbs. When he didn’t like something you did, he would tell you in your face. Veteran actress Vyjanthimala got the brunt of Rishi’s wrath when in her memoirs she dismissed her alleged relationship with Rishi’s father Raj Kapoor during the making of Sangam as a mere publicity for the film.
Rishi went on a warpath against Vyjanthimala calling her a liar, and many other things. While all this is indeed commendable in the frank speak department, it is a fact that everyone in Bollywood lies in their memoirs. Sanjay Khan has not even mentioned Zeenat Aman in his memoirs and Jeteendra gives a blank look when Hema Malini is mentioned. You can bet your last rupee that if Mithun Chakraborty wrote his memoirs there would be no mention of Sridevi in it.
I remember asking Vyjanthimala about Rishi’s outburst. She had said, “He reacted as a son. But only the people involved know what really happens between two people. No one from the outside, no matter how close, knows the truth.”
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