Rishi Kapoor started his career as a romantic hero, and for the longest time he stuck to his alley. Until he started his second innings in films where he experimented with his roles, Rishi was known as the on-screen lover boy and the late actor’s journey began 1973 film Bobby, Starring Dimple Kapadia, which was directed by renowned filmmaker Raj Kapoor, who was also Rishi’s father.
The 1973 film Bobby became the crown jewel of RK Studios as it was the film that rejuvenated the studio. “Bobby was created because Raj Kapoor had to be bailed out. They had this studio hostage. Bobby was made at a time when Raj Kapoor needed a successful film.” Shi Once told Bollywood Hungama. RK Studios was at a serious loss after Mera Naam Joker’s box office failure, and Bobby was the film that brought him back his fame and glory.
At the time, Bobby was seen as a film that redefined romance for the younger generation. Starring Rishi and Dimple, both of whom were quite young, the film represents the rebellious teenage Prem who does not take the words of parents sacred. Unlike romantic films of the era, where parental approval was often seen as the major conflict in a love story, Bobby saw the lead couple running away and even trying to kill themselves. . There are elements here that seem far-fetched when viewed in 2022, but one cannot forget that for a society like ours, where the concept of love has been taboo for decades, Bobby seemed like a rule-breaker Which spoke to the younger generation, and of course, good music made the deal even sweeter.
Unbeknownst to the public, Bobby follows Rishi’s Raj and Dimple’s Bobby, who fall head-on for each other only after a short exchange of time. Such is the class division among their families that do not accept this union. Raja, 18, and Bobby, 16, want to marry each other, but since this is not an option legally, they decide to run away to be together, even if it means they have to die. Why not put it? As you watch the movie today, it’s clear that the two characters here are essentially children, who have thrown themselves into adulthood of their own accord. His actions are quite appropriate for his age, they are childish as they should be. But it’s also pretty clear that both of these individuals come from a world where men and women of a certain age don’t get along well with each other, so an innocent crush can fall in love very quickly.
The King of Sage is a boy who was sent to boarding school as punishment, but when he returns as an adult, he still wants to mate. Lacking any love and warmth from his parents, he finds love in Bobby who looks at him like no one has seen him before. From a meek man, Raj transforms into a confident young man who carries himself with a hint of style, and becomes more assertive with his decisions as the plot progresses.
Rishi Kapoor, who won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film, admitted years later that he had actually bought the award for Rs 30,000. In his memoir Khullam Khulla, Rishi wrote, “I think Amitabh was angry because I won the Best Actor award for Bobby. I am sure he felt that this award was his right for Zanjeer which released the same year. I’m ashamed to say it, but I really ‘bought’ that award. I was very naive. It was PRO Taraknath Gandhi who told me, ‘Sir, give me thirty thousand, I will give you the award.’ I am not a manipulative person, but I admit that I paid him without hesitation.
Rishi might have bought the most popular award of that time but staying fresh in the minds of the audience even after 49 years is not something one can buy. Bobby was certainly not the best performance of Rishi Kapoor’s career, but it gave him the right platform to meet his audience, who recently got their last glimpse of the actor Sharmaji salty.