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Rishi Kapoor Birth Anniversary 2023: When the actor restrained his boyish charm, brought a matured d

Rishi Kapoor would have turned 71 today. The veteran actor is remembered fondly for his larger-than-life, cheerful on-screen and off-screen personality. On his birth anniversary, we are taking a look at how the star brought a more mature persona to the silver screen in 'Saagar,' especially after the failure of 'Karz.'

The 1970s in Bollywood were a celebration of youth. Right at the center of it all was Rishi Kapoor, whose boyish charm and impish grin danced their way into countless hearts. "Rishi Kapoor’s boyish charm helped propel him to superstardom in the 1970s." With iconic films under his belt like 'Bobby,' 'Rafoo Chakkar,' 'Khel Khel Mein,' 'Sargam,' 'Amar Akbar Anthony,' 'Naseeb,' and 'Coolie,' every filmmaker vied for megawatt charisma and infectious smile. Rishi himself quipped about how he “upped the youth quotient.”

However, by the time he had entered the second decade of his career in the 1980s, Rishi Kapoor slowly revealed a more mature dimension of the person behind the cinematic heartthrob - and this could especially be seen in Ramesh Sippy's film 'Saagar.' A reason for this shift in persona was the bitter sting left behind by the lukewarm audience reception to 'Karz.'

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