Ranbir Kapoor, in an interview, revealed that his uncle, veteran actor Randhir Kapoor, is going through an early stage of dementia.
Ranbir said in an interview with NDTV that the 75-year-old actor recently saw ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ and his instant reaction was to call Rishi Kapoor, who died in April 2020 after a two-year-long battle with leukemia. For those unversed, ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ marks the last screen appearance of Rishi Kapoor, who is Randhir’s younger brother.
“I remember when my entire family saw it, my father’s elder brother, my uncle Randhir Kapoor, who is going through an early stage of dementia, and he came to me after the film and said, ‘Tell dad that he was amazing in this film, and where is he, let’s call him,'” Ranbir told the outlet.
“Art crosses boundaries of medical conditions, issues, conflicts and a good piece of storytelling is what stands tall. ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ really embodies that,” he added.
Randhir Kapoor is the eldest son of Raj Kapoor. He lost both his brothers, Rishi and Rajiv, in a span of ten months. His sister, Ritu Nanda, also passed away in 2020.
Ranbir, in a promotional video for ‘Sharmaji Namkeen‘, said that after Rishi Kapoor’s death, the makers had contemplated getting Ranbir on-board to finish the film using VFX. The role was eventually played by actor Paresh Rawal.
“After his demise, we thought the film (Sharmaji Namkeen) wouldn’t get completed. We thought of trying VFX or I could wear prosthetics and complete the role but nothing was working out. It was a tough time for all of us. And that’s when Mr. Paresh Rawal stepped in. It was very generous of him to take up this challenge,” Ranbir Kapoor explained in the video.