Krishna Kapoor, the widow of the legendary Bollywood actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, passed away on Monday in Mumbai. She was 87. 

Suffered cardiac arrest

Kapoor died due to a cardiac arrest at 5 am on October 1. She lost her husband 30 years ago, on June 2, 1988.

Also known as the ‘lady in white’, she married Raj Kapoor, at age 16, in May 1946. She is survived by her sons Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor, and daughters Ritu Nanda and Rima Kapoor-Jain. Randhir Kapoor, her eldest son, announced her death on Monday. “I regret to announce that I lost my mother early this morning. She died peacefully.”

She was also the sister of renowned actors Prem Nath, Rajendra Nath, and Narendra Nath. Her sister Uma is married to actor Prem Chopra. 

Epitome of grace

The film fraternity always looked up to Krishna Kapoor and called her a woman of sheer elegance. Her son, Rishi Kapoor, in his book, spoke fondly of his mother. He wrote, “When my dad wanted to cast me as the young Raju in Mera Naam Joker (1970), he had to take permission from my mother, who gave him the go-ahead with a caveat saying — it should not interfere with my school studies.”

Krishna Kapoor’s daughter-in-law, Neetu Kapoor, always spoke about the warm personality that her mother-in-law was. She always referred her as a doting mother. 

Friends, family members and others poured in to pay their last respect. Tributes and condolences poured in on social media as well. Rishi Kapoor, who left for the US with wife Neetu and son Ranbir on Saturday, couldn’t be present at the funeral. The last rites were performed at a Chembur crematorium.

Always clad-in-white, Krishna Raj Kapoor will always be remembered as strong and graceful woman who stood by her family in all its glory and turbulence.

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