When Rishi Kapoor Admitted to Buying a Best Actor Award

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Late Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor was known for his candidness and fearless opinions. He never held back, even when it came to discussing his own actions. There was one revelation he made about himself that left everyone surprised.

Rishi Kapoor’s Legacy

Rishi Kapoor, a highly experienced actor in Bollywood, continues to have a special place in the hearts of millions of fans, even after his passing. His movies keep his memory alive in the industry and among his admirers. Rishi Kapoor bid farewell to the world on April 30, 2020, at the age of 67 after a battle with the serious illness of blood cancer. His sudden departure was a profound shock to his countless fans. Rishi Kapoor, known for his outspoken nature, once made a startling confession about himself, expressing regret for his actions.

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Awards and Regrets | Buying a Best Actor Award

This revelation by Rishi Kapoor concerned an award. Rishi Kapoor began his career as a leading actor with “Bobby,” a film produced by his father, Raj Kapoor. Despite delivering many blockbuster films to the industry, such as “Karz” and “Kabhi Kabhie,” Rishi Kapoor had never won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. He revealed this in his autobiography, “Khullam Khulla – Rishi Kapoor Uncensored,” where he shared insights into both his professional and personal life.

Amitabh Bachchan’s Zanjeer

Interestingly, in the same year that Rishi Kapoor’s “Bobby” was released, Amitabh Bachchan’s “Zanjeer” also hit the screens. Amitabh Bachchan’s performance in the film received widespread acclaim and is often credited with establishing him as a prominent figure in Bollywood.

Unexpected Award

What’s surprising is that while it was widely anticipated that Amitabh Bachchan would receive the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for “Zanjeer,” it was Rishi Kapoor who walked away with the award, winning it for “Bobby.”

The Shocking Truth

Rishi Kapoor admitted to obtaining the award through unconventional means. He revealed that he met a PR agent who asked him a straightforward question: “Do you want a Best Actor award?” Rishi Kapoor, not knowing the implications, eagerly agreed. The agent responded, “Arrange 30 thousand rupees, and the Filmfare Award for Best Actor is yours.” Rishi Kapoor paid the amount, and he received the award.

Regret and Reflection

Rishi Kapoor later regretted this decision, especially as he began working in films alongside Amitabh Bachchan. He disclosed that even his secretary, Ghanshyam, was involved in arranging the award by paying money. However, it was only much later that Amitabh Bachchan learned of Rishi Kapoor’s unconventional path to winning the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

In his autobiography, Rishi Kapoor acknowledged his youth and lack of understanding at the time, saying, “I was a child then and I did not know where the money should be spent and where not. I was only 22 years old then. I had no idea where to spend the money. I realized my mistake later.”

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