Rishi Kapoor: India's Taboo-Breaking Revolutionary of Love
He was a rebel, with a serious cause. He was a chocolate boy gone rogue. He was a dancing, exuberant Camus to his grim, existential Sartresque father. He was out of the clutches of absurdity and ready to embrace a new future. He made the screen sizzle in 1973. Inside the theatre, everyone was wonderstruck. Outside, India, after going to war with Pakistan for the third time, was facing its own student revolts.
Rishi Kapoor's rebellion was a bit tame but still powerful for an India, which chained to hoary conventions and strange taboos was gasping for air.