Neetu stood by me like a rock, says cancer-survivor Rishi
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who is recuperating in the US after tackling a year-long battle with cancer, has now confirmed that he is indeed free from the deadly disease. He has also spoken about his family, making special mention of the solid support given to him by his wife Neetu, and children, Rishi and Riddhima, who "really shouldered my problems." Here is more.
By the grace of God, I am cancer-free now: Rishi
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, the 66-year-old actor said, "My eighth month of treatment started on 1 May in the US. However, by the grace of God, I am cancer-free now." While throwing light on his battle, he highlighted, "Neetu stood by me like a rock. Otherwise, as far as food and drinks are concerned, I am a very difficult person to handle."
Rishi's illness has brought him close to his son
Rishi was last seen in Netflix's Rajma Chawal, where he plays a character who shares a tensed relationship with his on-screen son. This situation was the same in his personal life, but the senior actor's ordeal has brought him close to his son Ranbir like never before. Even Rishi acknowledged this by saying, "My kids Ranbir and Riddhima have really shouldered my problems."
Ranbir won't move in with Alia now, but his parents
Notably, recent reports suggested that Ranbir, who was planning to move in with his girlfriend Alia Bhatt, has postponed the plan. Ranbir, who currently stays in his bachelor pad, Vastu, will move back with his parents as soon as Rishi returns to India. "The recent circumstances have brought them close. Ranbir wants to spend maximum time with his parents," said one of Ranbir's friends.
Rishi will, however, not be returning to India anytime soon
Rishi, who had announced last September that he would be leaving for "America for some medical treatment," will not be returning soon to India, even though he is cancer-free. "I will have to do a bone-marrow transplant which in all probability should take another two months minimum," he said in the interview. He is, however, optimistic and looks forward to return to India.
Rishi says he has learned how to be patient
"Being in remission is a big thing and it's all because of my family and my fans prayers and duas that have worked. I thank them all," Rishi said. The actor, who cannot tolerate even a minute's delay, says the whole thing has taught him patience. "Getting well is a slow procedure. But it makes you grateful for the gift of life," he noted.
He is on his way to full recovery, told Randhir
This interview comes after filmmaker Rahul Rawail had posted on Facebook recently saying that Rishi has emerged successful in his battle with cancer. Even Rishi's brother Randhir Kapoor confirmed that he is much better now, and "will come back soon." "He's on his way to full recovery and it takes time, he's got to finish the whole course, but he's fine," Randhir had said.
Even after Rawail's post, Rishi's immediate family had remained mum
However, Rishi's immediate family remained mum about his recovery, raising doubts. While Riddhima said, "He's recovering. With everybody's prayers and wishes, he's doing well," Ranbir had said last month that his father is doing well. Neetu, who used to update all about Rishi's health on social media, however didn't post anything recently. But now that the horse has spoken, we are so very happy!