Bollywood Star Rishi Kapoor was on Friday respected at the opening ceremony of the 1st BRICS Film Festival here by Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod and Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh for his and the Kapoor family’s contribution to the field of cinema.
Rishi Kapoor has been entertaining the audience from more than four decades now, was on Friday honored at the first edition of BRICS Film Festival.
The actor said he felt special that he belonged to family, which “has contributed 88 years to an industry which has been existing for last 103 years and its fourth generation is still contributing.”
“Cinema is everything… Ek meri maa thi, ek cine-ma hai!
Cinema gives us an opportunity to see another land, culture and people… It is the ambassador who builds bridges, cuts across various borders and most importantly entertains,” Rishi spoke in praise of films.
The five-day long BRICS film festival will screen movies from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Sharing an anecdote about his father’s craze in Russia, Rishi said once the actor-filmmaker traveled to Morroco without the visa but he was still welcomed by the authorities due to his popularity.
“When he (Raj) was standing outside the airport, waiting for his taxi to come, slowly people started recognizing him…
After he sat in the taxi, he realized it wasn’t moving but was in the air because people had lifted the car! Such was people’s love for him; such is the magic of cinema.