Prayer meet will not be held for Rajiv Kapoor due to pandemic: family

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Mumbai, Feb 10 (PTI) In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, no fourth-day prayer meet will be held for actor-director Rajiv Kapoor for 'safety reasons', the Kapoor family said on Wednesday.

Rajiv Kapoor, son of celebrated filmmaker-actor Raj Kapoor, died on Tuesday due to a heart attack, at the age of 58.

Actor Neetu Kapoor, wife of late actor Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor's sister-in-law, shared a statement on Instagram.

'Due to the current pandemic circumstances, there will be no Chautha held for the late Mr Rajiv Kapoor for safety reasons. May his soul rest in peace. The entire Raj Kapoor family is a part of your grief too,' the family said in a statement.

Rajiv Kapoor was the youngest among three brothers and two sisters -- Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain. His sister Ritu Nanda and brother Rishi Kapoor passed away in January and April last year.

Rajiv Kapoor made his debut with 1983 film 'Ek Jaan Hain Hum', but made first appearance as a leading man in blockbuster 'Ram Teri Ganga Maili' (1985), which was Raj Kapoor's last directorial venture.

'Zimmedar', released in 1990, was his last film as a hero.

The late actor was set to return to the screen after 30 years with filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker and Bhushan Kumar-backed upcoming sports drama 'Toolsidas Junior'. PTI JUR RDS RDS