He will always be around for all of us: Dharmendra on Rishi Kapoor

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Mumbai, Apr 30 (PTI) Veteran actor Dharmendra said he is unable to come to terms that his co-star of many films and a dear friend, Rishi Kapoor, is no more.

Kapoor, who acted in over 150 films during his five decade long career, died on Thursday at HN Reliance hospital here after a two year long battle with leukaemia.

The 67-year-old actor was cremated at the Chandanwadi crematorium in the evening.

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Dharmendra, who starred with Kapoor in movies such as 'Sitamgar', 'Katilon Ke Kaatil', 'Hathyar' and 'Sher Dil', said their bond was beyond films.

'After he was unwell I did call him a few times I felt bad that I couldn’t meet him in person. I feel it was just now that I called to check on his health. I feel I can see him and he is doing fine,' he told PTI.

'I will remember him in a way that I will never forget him. I can never forget him, he will always be there for me, for all of us, in our conversations and even when I will meet his family, he will be there (around),' he said.

The 84-year-old actor said he used consider Kapoor like a son, just like Sunny and Bobby Deol.

'He was a very jovial person. He was like a son to me. We were friends but he would listen to me and respect me a lot. Like how it is with (my sons) Sunny and Bobby.

'There was a film called 'Naukar Biwi Ka', in which he did a guest role. He did it because I had told him to do it and he didn’t charge any money for it,' he said.

Dharmendra said he is deeply saddened by the back-to-back untimely demise of two stalwarts of Indian cinema, Kapoor and actor Irrfan Khan, who died on Wednesday.

'Since yesterday, there is weird silence, a void that I can feel first with the passing away of Irrfan Khan and now Kapoor. I am deeply saddened.

'Both fought a long and tough battle with cancer. I was hoping they would both be fine. They both are fantastic actors. They had started working again in a way and suddenly they left us. It is shocking.' PTI KKP RB RB

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