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Singer Nitin Mukesh Mourns for Friend & Family Rajiv Kapoor



Legendary singer  Mukesh’s son and actor Neil Nitin Mukesh’s father Nitin Mukesh cannot stop mourning for Rajiv Kapoor.

“My father  and Rajiv’s father were  very close friends . Raj saab openly used to say that Mukesh was his voice.  The closeness was passed on to his children. The Kapoors are my own family. Now  we’ve lost four members  of that family within a year.First went Krishna Aunty(Mrs Raj Kapoor). Then her daughter Ritu who was like my sister. Krishna Aunty  and  Ritu were  like angels,hard to say  who was  more enlightened,maybe Krishna Aunty had  the  edge  because of age  and experience. Then I  lost my dear friend and brother Chintu (Rishi) in April  last year. Now even before I’ve recovered from the shock I’ve lost  another brother.”

Rajiv Kapoor, says the veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, was an absolute favourite of  all. “He was  a charmer, he  was kind generous warm caring and  filled with love. All our conversations were about love love love and more love. I must tell you , though,Chimpoo( Rajiv) was closer  to my younger brother  Mohnish who  is no more. I  was  closer  to Chintu(Rishi). But Chimpoo and I  also bonded really well.”

Nitinji  spoke to Rajiv Kapoor recently. “The last conversation we had was  about three weeks  ago. Rajiv who had built himself  a beautiful bungalow in Pune was in Mumbai visiting Daboo(elder  brother Randhir Kapoor)  .He  wanted to come  and see me. I told  him to come  at once.  ‘Let me work it out.When  I come I will stay for at least two days  with you,’ he  told me. I told him to come  soonest  , his room was ready. But before we  could meet  he was gone forever.”

 Nitinji recalls  Rajiv’s visits with pleasure. “He would come with his live-in  partner Sunita whom he  never married(for reasons best known to Chimpoo).  But she  was  a lovely  lady, a  former airhostess, I think. She  would keep telling me how handsome my son Neil was. A charming woman. Chimpoo was not very lucky in love. He had married  a lady named Aarti, but that ended in divorce. He showered affection on my sons Neil and Naman and told me,  ‘Yeh tere bete nahinmere hain.’  At Neil’s wedding  Chimpoo  stayed for all the  three days. He was  dancing singing entertaining everyone as  though it was his own brother’s wedding. He had so  much love to give. I miss him so much.”

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