Rishi reveals dad Raj Kapoor's extra-marital affair with Nargis


A day after Karan Johar released his tell-all memoir in Mumbai, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor also launched his biography ‘Khullam Khulla’ in Delhi on Tuesday (Jan 17). In a no-holds-barred account, the ‘Kapoor & Sons’ actor also revealed about the alleged affairs of his late father, legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor.  

Rishi Kapoor wrote about his Raj Kapoor’s extra-marital affairs with his heroines Nargis and Vyjayanthimala. He described Nagris, who starred opposite his father in many films, as Raj Kapoor's “in-house heroine.”

"My father, Raj Kapoor, was 28-years-old and had already been hailed as the 'showman of Hindi cinema' four years before. He was also a man in love - at the time, unfortunately, with someone other than my mother. His girlfriend was the leading lady of some of his biggest hits of the time, including Aag (1948), Barsaat (1949) and Awara (1951)," Rishi Kapoor writes.

Raj Kapoor and Nargis’ on-screen pair is considered the most iconic pair of Hindi film industry. A still of the late stars film their film ‘Barsaat’, features on the logo of R.K. Films and Studios. Rishi Kapoor, however, said that he wasn’t affected by it as he was too young, but recalled having left home when Raj Kapoor was involved with Vyjayanthimala.

“I was very young when my father had an affair with Nargisji, and so was not affected by it. I don't remember feeling anything was amiss at home either. But I do remember moving into the Natraj Hotel on Marine Drive with my mom during the time Papa was involved with Vyjayanthimala. My mother had decided to put her foot down this time. From the hotel, we shifted for two months into an apartment in Chitrakoot (the building still stands on the curve of Altamount Road). My father had bought the apartment for Mom and us. He did all he could to woo her back, but my mother wouldn't give in until he had ended that chapter of his life,” the actor writes.

Rishi Kapoor also admitted to have been furious when Vyjayanthimala, who had worked with Raj Kapoor in ‘Nazrana’ and ‘Sangam’, denied ever being in a romantic alliance with her co-star, in an interview a few years ago. The book says, “She claimed that he had manufactured the romance because of his hunger for publicity. I was livid. How could she be so blase; and pretend the affair never happened?... If Papa had been alive, she wouldn't have denied the affair so blatantly or called him publicity hungry.”