Rishi Kapoor: I've been the right guy at the wrong time

As a romantic hero among actions stars, Rishi Kapoor says he was the "right guy at wrong time" in the Indian film industry. "I came into films when there was action. When I retired it was romantic period. The credit for lasting long in that action oriented era goes to me," the 64-year-old actor, who had a varied career from 70s' formula-driven films to post-2000 realistic genre, said.

"I had to chart a complete career after 'Bobby' (1973). But then I was slotted as just a romantic hero even as the industry was dominated by action heroes like Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, who had an angry young man image. I have been the right guy at wrong time," Rishi said.

There was the same pattern of either rich boy-poor girl or vice-versa in that time, and every actor of that era would do four films having similar lost-and-found theme, said at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet here last evening.

"But our audiences those days were very forgiving unlike the present times and did not question. I wish I were younger now," Rishi, who also signed covers of his new book 'Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored,' said.

Acknowledging the audience divide now, he said there are takers of "intelligent, commercial cinema which can be enjoyed in good theatres with pop corn" while there is a different genre of films for masses.

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