She was only 14 and he was the chocolate boy of Bollywood when they khullam-khulla declared love for each-other. Yes, we are talking about none-other than the power couple of the entertainment industry today, Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor. The magic they created on screen was not just "good acting"; it was their true love and compatibility which they have comendably maintained for almost 4 decades now. The lovebirds have shared screen space for movies like Khel Khel Mein, Zinda Dil, Kabhi Kabhi, Amar Akbar Anthony and many more.
The couple is celebrating 39 years of togetherness today and to mark this day, we're going to narrate you their adorable love story. So, let’s begin...
A few movies old, Rishi Kapoor was already a well-established actor and every girls heartthrob when he fell in love with 14-year-old Neetu Singh, who was still a new-comer in the industry. In a 1974 release titled Zehreela Insaan, the young couple shared screen space together for the first time. However, it wasn't love at first sire for them but it was full on Bollywood style as the natorious Kapoor always used to play his pranks and was always teasing the young Neetu on sets. For example, he would smear her face with an eyeliner right after she'd gotten a fresh makeup done. Then in true filmy style, Neetu fell head over heels for the guy she faught with the most and Rishi too reciprocated her love.
Neetu's mom was really unhappy with her little girl's growing love for star when she had just begun climbing the ladder to success. That is why, whenever Rishi took Neetu out for a date they were accompanied with Neetu's cousins to act as a chaperone.
The Perfect Wedding
Neetu was raised by a single mother and therefore was the only breadwinner of the house. When Rishi proposed her for marriage, she was on cloud 9 but also couldn't leave her mother all alone just because she was in love. In this situation, Rishi became Neetu’s 'knight in shining armour'when he invited his mother-in-law to stay with them after marriage.
39 years ago, Rishi Kapoor married Neetu Singh on this day and even if their love-story sounds perfect; the lovebirds have faced many controversies and struggled through the deep lows as well.
No love story becomes perfect without its own share of twists and turns. In the early days, the Kapoor family was known to be very patriarchal and none of their bahus were allowed to work in the industry after the wedding. Neetu did the same for good but due to her popularity various rumours claiming she was forced to do so. But, after a point she declared that it was her personal choice and Rishi is a very supportive husband.
Around late 90's, some inside sources from the Bollywood industry accused that Rishi Kapoor was turning into an alcoholic. Some newspapers also carried fake reports of domestic violence complaint being filed by Neetu against Rishi. Some also reported that two have separated but putting every rumour in the bin, Neetu Kapoor returned to the Kapoor household and continued to take care of her husband and two lovely children.
The Eternal Love
Definition of a perfect relationship is indeed standing with each-other through thick and thin. Rishi and Neetu have raised the bar of too high and their eternal love for one another surely set some major goals for all the young couples in the country. They are proud parents to Bollywood's reigning superstar Ranbir Kapoor and gorgeous Ridhima Kapoor Sahani who is a happily married mother of one and also a jewellery designer.
In a recent interview Neetu said, “There always comes a phase in a couple's life when there would be friction, disagreements. Rishi and I also went through that stage. It was just one of those problems, which only the husband and wife would understand. Fortunately, we were able to sort out our differences. Today, everything is forgotten.”
On the work front, after making their fans wait for three decades Rishi and Neetu re-appeared on silver screens together in Love Aaj Kal and went on to play the role of middle-class parents in Do Dooni Char and then also appeared as husband and wife cop duo in Ranbir starrer Besharam. We hope to see them creating the same magic once again on the big screens in near future!