Rishi Kapoor vows to donate organs

Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor vowed to donate his organs in Chandigarh on Sunday, March 23.

The actor, while felicitating the winners of the “Transplant Games 2014” at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here, signed the pledge to be an organ donor.

The 61-year-old actor also appealed to the general public to come forward for this noble cause and donate their organs after death and asked everyone to spread the message of organ donation.

Patients from such places as Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Manipur, Jarkhand and Odisha travelled to the city to participate in the event. “The games were conceptualised to showcase the safety and success of transplantation as a means to a normal life and to spread awareness of kidney donation. Along with the recipients, kidney donors, too, participated in the events,” a PGIMER official was quoted saying.

According to reports, the games were organised by the Organ Transplantation Trust, Department of Transplant Surgery, PGIMER, in view of the huge gap between the requirements of transplantation estimated at 200,000 a year and the number of transplants being done at about 6,000.

Rishi is at present shooting in Chandigarh for his upcoming film ‘Aayi Bala Ko Taal Tu’. The actor was quoted in a daily as saying, “We need to be generous when it comes to issues like this,” and added, “So many problems will be solved if all of us start thinking positively. Also, by doing this we are making a significant contribution.”

Rishi expects more people to come forward to donate organs. The actor reportedly waited during the session at the hospital-cum-research institute to learn more about the success of transplantation, which has already given a new lease of life to many people.

Rishi was last seen in Yash Raj’s ‘Bewakoofiyaan’, where he played actress Sonam Kapoor’s father.

He received the National Film Award in 1971, for his debut role as a child artist in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ in 1970.  He first appeared in a lead role opposite Dimple Kapadia in the 1973 film ‘Bobby’ and won the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1974. He won a number of other awards, including the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Rishi has acted in leading roles as the romantic lead in 92 films between 1973 and 2000. According to media reports, he did 41 multi-hero films and 51 solo-hero films from 1973-2000.