The Disconnect Between Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor In Their Own Words – Khullam Khulla
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, known to be brutally honest in his speech, recently launched his autobiography Khullam Khulla. On the occasion of it’s launch, he opened up about his relationship with son, actor Ranbir Kapoor. Rishi said that there is a disconnect that he wished didn’t exist. He said that he himself shared a similar relationship with his father Raj Kapoor. His relations with his father Raj Kapoor was more formal than friendly and he adopted a similar line of parenting with his own son, which has resulted in a distance between the two.
Ranbir Kapoor has written the foreword in his father’s autobiography where he also opens up about the same issue. Here is a quote from the foreword:
“I am closer to my mother. I feel that Dad modeled his relationship with me on the one he shared with his own father. And it is true that I have never crossed a certain line with him. But there is no sense of loss or vacuum here. I do wish sometimes that I could be friendlier with him or even spend more time with him.” – Ranbir Kapoor
While Rishi Kapoor sounds apologetic about his failure, he also says in the same breath “you have to accept the way I am”.
“I was extremely busy during Ranbir‘s childhood days and he was more close to Neetu probably he felt that he needs his father but I’m sorry I just can’t and I’m failed. I can’t be a friend father to a son. I was never that way with my father as well. You have to accept the way I am.” – Rishi Kapoor
The 64 years old actor said that his relationship with his son reflects his own relationship with his father.
“I never argued with my father and it so happened that unfortunately the same kind of relationship passed on with me and Ranbir. I really want that there should be love and respect between me and Ranbir, but at the same time I want that there should be some kind of distance that I can see you but I can’t feel you.” – Rishi Kapoor
In his foreword, Ranbir writes that he will have a more friendly relationship with his kids when the time comes.
“I wish I could just pick up the phone and ask him, ‘Dad, how are you doing?’ But we do not have that. We do not have a phone relationship. When I get married and have children, I would want to change that dynamic with them. I don’t want my relationship with my children to be as formal as the one I have with my father. I want to be friendlier, be more connected, spend more time with them than he did with me.” – Ranbir Kapoor
While Rishi Kapoor says “I know I’m wrong”, he also says “Call it a generation gap or whatever, I’m like that”.
“I know I’m wrong. Ranbir has his own point of view about it while I have my own. He feels that when he is going to have kids he is not going to be like me. Call it a generation gap or whatever, I’m like that,” – Rishi Kapoor
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