Birthday Special Randhir Kapoor: The owner’s daughter is getting married, sir, you are welcome — Ali Peter John
The Kapoor family has always been known for their hospitality. His parties have been such events that once attended, one can never forget them. He has been showering all his guests with the kind of affection and love that other big names have tried to emulate, but none have been able to do so except Subhash Ghai, himself inspired by Raj Kapoor, and once Randhir Kapoor, who was part of a Holi party hosted by Subhash Ghai, had said, “If there is anyone after my father Raj Kapoor who can be called a showman, it is Subhash Ghai.” Who has been the most humble, genuine, honest and most lovable host, it has always been Randhir Kapoor, whom little boys and girls and men and women of the 80s and 90s call Dabboo.
Randhir said, “You are now R.K. Are part of the family and you are always welcome here.
My first brush with Randhir Kapoor’s hospitality was at Rishi Kapoor and Neetu’s grand wedding reception. I was a newcomer reporter in Screen and I was assigned my first big job to cover this reception. I was very uncomfortable and restless till I reached the gate of RK studio where the reception was. When I saw the huge crowd outside and saw the stars and celebrities driving their posh cars to the studio, I was more nervous. I had almost decided to leave the gate and then I heard Randhir Kapoor calling my name and asking me to come inside saying that I was his honored guest. This was something I least expected and was prompted by my presence at the reception where several other journalists were being pushed out by Raj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor and other men in the Kapoor family. I got so drunk during the reception that I continued my own celebration at Neelam Hotel Dadar and came back home only the next morning. And immediately after regaining my senses I called Randhir and thanked him for welcoming me at the entrance, Randhir said, “Aap ab R.K. family and you are always welcome here and I will always be there to welcome you and make sure that you feel comfortable and happy till the end of the party” It was a feeling that I have never experienced before Was.
I used to meet Dabboo regularly at Natraj Studio’s Shanti Sagar and Anand Sagar offices. He worked for Shanti in the film Aakhri Daku, which was directed by Prakash Mehra and written by a new team of writers who called themselves Ghala-Bhalla. Ghai soon came to be known as Showman Subhash Ghai. Randhir had worked with Anand Sagar in his second film Humrahi and held the Sagar family in high regard. It was the wedding reception of Shanti Sagar’s daughter Sita at the ‘Holiday Inn Hotel’ in Juhu and all the most famous personalities were present in the hall. But Dabboo stood at the door with folded hands and welcomed all the guests. When I asked him why he was playing host, he replied in his own way, ‘Malik ki beti ki shaadi hai, hum ko seva to karni hi padegi na?’ and stood at the entrance. And kept welcoming guests until well past midnight and picking up their bottles of wine after the reception was over. I was at Raj Kapoor’s funeral and was mobbed by onlookers and I was asking the police to help, and they weren’t trying to help me, instead they called me a freak and He was asking me who had invited me for the funeral. It was then that I got really scared and he kept me with him till he handed me over to his friends and after that he went to perform the last rites. I could have been crushed in that rush of grief had it not been for Dabbu unexpectedly coming to my rescue.
From Raj Kapoor to his brothers Shammi and Shashi and their families, I have received so much love.
It was a special screening of the film ‘Hina’ which was directed by her after her father’s demise. He and Rishi R. A special screening of the film was held in K. I was expecting to at least get an invite to the show, but both Dabboo and Rishi personally invited me, my wife Usha and my daughter Swati for the screening and the party was held at Raj Kapoor’s bungalow Deonar Cottage And my wife, for whom it was her first big party, Dabboo personally took care of everything for her and my daughter. Both the brothers also dropped us till the gate and in their kindness they arranged a car to drop us home. Why am I missing these minute details? It is simply because in all my 50 years in the industry I have never seen anyone as hospitable as Kapoor who has treated all his guests with equal love and respect. From Raj Kapoor to his brothers Shammi and Shashi and their families, I have received a lot of love and respect from each and every Kapoor without any bias and I can definitely say that Dabboo is the best host. I do not know whether he has inherited this gift from his father or not, but wherever and from whomever he has learned it or not, it is true that he is an ideal host, he practices it to perfection. Must be doing
I have seen Dabboo at his best even when he is drunk, in fact I have never seen him misbehaving with anyone, big or small. On the contrary, he becomes more humble and grateful when he takes a few pegs of his favorite Black Label whisky. I have never seen him drink beer, vodka or rum, about which he once said, “These are the drinks of those who do not know the value of drinking, drink it, drink it gracefully, if not at least wine.” Do not insult, this is the sweetest gift of the gods. Randhir Kapoor hasn’t been the Dabboo Kapoor he was in the past ten years. R. He had to become a partner with his brothers to sell the studio and then lost his near and dear ones one by one, and even as he tried to cope with his grief, he He lost his youngest brother Rajeev shortly before and he talked about being ‘alone’ which is heart breaking.
Luckily for him, his daughters Karisma and Kareena had organized a small ‘get together’ with some close family members to celebrate his 74th birthday. I hope they bring back her smile and make her feel happy again. If you ask me he is like his father’s masterpiece ‘Joker’. He has been smiling even in the face of the toughest obstacles. But one must try to remove the invisible mask that he has been wearing for years and reveal the real face that he is known for with all his happy and sad thoughts and see what makes him smile and laugh his heart out. What good can be done for what I think is his heart full of sorrow. It saddens me to see that he has to be happy in order to be happy even when the whole truth about him is still hidden behind his invisible mask.