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Rest In Peace, Rishi Kapoor!


Rishi Kapoor (4 September 1952 – 30 April 2020)

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away on 30 April 2020, in Mumbai today. He was admitted to the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital a day ago and succumbed to complications of bone marrow cancer. He was 67 and is survived by his wife Neetu Singh, son Ranbir Kapoor and daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahani. 

Kapoor was the second son of actor-director Raj Kapoor and his wife Krishna Raj Kapoor and the grandson of actor Prithviraj Kapoor. His brothers, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, maternal uncles, Prem Nath, Rajendra Nath, Narendra Nath and Prem Chopra, and paternal uncles, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, were also popular Hindi film actors.

Rishi Kapoor was also the paternal uncle of actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. 

He had his first major role in the teen romance Bobby in 1973, which became an instant hit and established him as a leading actor. 

He ended up playing the romantic lead in over 90 films between 1973 and 2000. Some of his most popular films during this period are Khel Khel Mein, Kabhi Kabhie, Amar Akbar Anthony, Karz and Chandni. 

In 2010, Rishi Kapoor surprised the critics with his versatility as an actor with the film Do Dooni Chaar. He continued to play distinguished characters to critical acclaim in films like Agneepath, Mulk and Kapoor & Sons. He was last seen in film The Body, in 2019.

Rishi Kapoor received the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his debut role in Mera Naam Joker.

He also won multiple Filmfare Awards as an actor for films Bobby, Do Dooni Chaar and Kapoor & Sons, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. His autobiography (written with Meena Iyer) Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored was published in 2017. 

Rishi Kapoor was kind to grace the concluding ceremony of 4th Indian Screenwriters Conference, organised by the Screenwriters Association, on 4 August 2016, to present the SWA Award to (Late) Vijay Anand.

The Screenwriters Association is deeply pained by the demise of Rishi Kapoor. On behalf of the writers’ fraternity we pray for his soul to rest in peace.


A statement from the Kapoor family read:

“Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last.

He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents. Family, friends, food and films remained his focus and everyone who met him during this time was amazed at how he did not let his illness get the better of him.

He was grateful for the love of his fans that poured in from the world over. In his passing, they would all understand that he would like to be remembered with a smile and not with tears.

In this hour of personal loss, we also recognise the world is going through a very difficult and troubled time. There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force.

He would not have it any other way.”

Rest In Peace, Irrfan!

Irrfan (7 January 1967 – 29 April 2020)

Irrfan (7 January 1967 – 29 April 2020)

Renowned actor Irrfan (Khan) who was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai in critical condition a day ago, passed away on Wednesday, 29 April 2020. The actor was under observation for colon infection. He was 53 and is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar, and sons Babil and Ayan.

In February 2018, Khan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour – a rare form of cancer that can target various parts of the body for which he was treated in London. Unfortunately, his heroic battle against the disease came to an end four days after his mother’s death in Jaipur, whose funeral he could not attend due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Irrfan was known for his nuanced portrayal of characters and ability to pick powerful scripts. He did a lot of unconventional films in his career, while striking a great balance with mainstream films in India as well as Hollywood. In 2012, he had changed the spelling of his name from ‘Irfan Khan’ to ‘Irrfan’ and has said he likes the sound of the extra ‘r’ in his name.

After an on-and-off career in television and a few unsuccessful films, things changed for Irrfan in 2001 with a historical festival circuit film The Warrior. In 2003, Hindi films Haasil (for which he won the Filmfare Best Villain Award) and Maqbool (an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth) established Irrfan as a special actor with rare intensity. Thereafter, he acted in several films playing lead as well as supporting and antagonistic characters.

Irrfan became a very popular Hindi film actor known for his exceptional performances in films like Rog, Paan Singh Tomar, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, Talvar, Haider, Hindi Medium and Piku, among others. He was also widely recognized across international film festivals due to films like The Bypass (short), Road To Laddakh (short), The Lunchbox, The Namesake and Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost. Irrfan went on to carve a niche for himself even in Hollywood with films like Slumdog Millionaire, Inferno, Jurrasic World and Life of Pi. In 2011, Irrfan was awarded the Padma Shri – India’s fourth highest civilian honour, for his contribution to the field of arts. In 2013, he earned the National Film Award for Best Actor for the sports-drama film Paan Singh Tomar. Irrfan’s last film was English Medium, which released in 2020.

The Indian film fraternity has come out to pay tribute to the versatile actor on social media, including actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Kamal Hassan. We at the Screenwriters Association are also deeply saddened by the demise of Irrfan and express our heartfelt grief as we pray for his soul to rest in peace.

SWA seeks your cooperation and support | एसडबल्यूए को आपके सहयोग और योगदान की ज़रूरत है।

(Read our letter ‘SWA’s COVID-19 Response’ dated April 3, 2020 here.)

April 14, 2020 

SWA seeks your cooperation and support. 

Dear members

This is to inform you that the SWA office shall remain closed during the period of the lockdown due to Coronavirus (COVID19), as announced by the state and central governments.

As you’re aware SWA has announced that it will help its members in a suitable way during the lockdown. A huge number of members who are undergoing extreme financial crisis have reached out to the Association.

Although our resources are limited, we are committed to stand by our members who are in dire need. In these trying times, we are offering assistance for the most essential need of food during the lockdown. Please note that this help is being offered only to members who are in real difficulty and have VALID SWA membership, as our system will not accept requests from members with expired membership.

We also encourage able SWA members to join us in this noble cause and contribute to our funds so that we can help a maximum number of needy members. 

Write an email to if you seek our help or wish to make contributions. 

 We look forward to your support in this war against the COVID19 pandemic.

Warm regards 

Robin Bhatt



(हमारा 3 अप्रैल 2020 का संदेश ‘COVID-19 पर SWA की प्रतिक्रिया’  पढ़ने के लिए क्लिक करें।)

14 अप्रैल 2020

एसडबल्यूए को आपके सहयोग और योगदान की ज़रूरत है।

प्रिय सदस्य,  

सूचित करना चाहेंगे कि केंद्र और राज्य सरकार द्वारा तय किए गये कोरोनावायरस (COVID-19) लॉकडाउन की अवधि तक एसडबल्यूए दफ़्तर बन्द रहेगा।

जैसा कि आपको ज्ञात है एसडबल्यूए ने लॉकडाउन के दौरान अपने सदस्यों की यथासंभव मदद की घोषणा की है। बहुत सारे सदस्यों ने ईमेल करके हमें उनकी गम्भीर आर्थिक समस्याओं के बारे में बताया है और मदद की गुहार की है।

 मुश्किल में अनेक हैं, साधन सीमित हैं, लेकिन संकट की घड़ी में आपकी एसोसिएशन आपके साथ है। इस विकट स्थिति में हम हमारे ज़रूरतमंद सदस्यों की खाद्य आपूर्ति के लिए सहयोग कर रहे हैं ताकि कम से कम उनके लिए कुछ दिनों का राशन आ जाए। कृपया ध्यान दें कि हम सिर्फ़ उन्हीं सदस्यों की मदद कर सकेंगे जोकि बेहद ज़रूरतमंद हैं और जिनकी एसडबल्यूए सदस्यता वैध है, क्योंकि हमारे सिस्टम में एक्सपायर्ड मेंबरशिप वाले सदस्यों का आवेदन स्वीकार नहीं होगा।

हम हमारे सभी समर्थ सदस्यों से भी निवेदन करते हैं कि वे आगे आयें और इस नेक काम के लिए हमारे फ़ंड्स को बढ़ाने में सहयोग दें ताकि हम ज़्यादा से ज़्यादा ज़रूरतमंद सदस्यों की मदद कर पाएँ।

 अगर आप हमें सहयोग देना चाहते हैं या फिर हमारी मदद चाहते हैं तो हमें पर ईमेल भेजें।

 COVID-19 महामारी के ख़िलाफ़ इस लड़ाई में हम आपके सहयोग की आशा करते हैं।


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SWA’s COVID-19 Response | COVID-19 पर SWA की प्रतिक्रिया

April 3, 2020

Dear SWA Members,

First of all I would like to wish each one of you the best of health and I hope you are taking all precautions and safety measures to keep yourself and your loved ones virus free.

Friends, as we all stand amidst this Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic which has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, two problems of basic nature face us – Health and Sustenance.

So to help our members through these grave times SWA is reaching out to all its members. Any member (Life/Regular, Associate or Fellow) who finds her/himself in dire condition due to lockdown can write an email to SWA  with their membership details and their problem in brief along with their Bank Account details and mobile number. SWA will try and reach out to them to the best of their ability and help them in suitable way.

Also Immediate Financial Help of Rs 5000 /- will be given to any member (Life/Regular, Associate or Fellow) who tests COVID-19 positive.

SWA is not only committed to the well being of all its members but also aware of its basic social responsibility and it promises to be there with each of you in this hour of humanitarian crisis.

Stay Safe, Be Safe.

Yours truly,



Screenwriters Association

Mumbai, India.


3 अप्रैल 2020

नमस्कार साथियों!

सबसे पहले तो हमारी शुभकामना कि आप सब स्वस्थ रहें! खुश रहें!

दोस्तों, हम सब जानते हैं, कोरोना महामारी बड़ी विपत्ति के तौर पर हमारे सामने है। इसकी वजह से पूरी दुनिया में कई तरह के संकट खड़े हो गए हैं। लोग अपने घरों में क़ैद रहने को मजबूर हैं। सारा कारोबार थम-सा गया है। पूरी फिल्म इंडस्ट्री ठप्प है। हम स्क्रीनराइटर भी इससे अछूते नहीं हैं।

सरकार और समाज इस संकट से उबरने की हर संभव कोशिश कर रहे हैं। बावजूद इसके स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन अपनी सामाजिक और मानवीय भूमिका से ख़ुद को अलग नहीं रख सकता। अपने छोटे और सीमित संसाधनों के बीच SWA मदद का हाथ बढ़ाने को तैयार है।

हमारे जो भी सदस्य कोरोना महामारी की वजह से संकट में आ फंसे हैं, स्वास्थ्य या किसी अन्य प्रकार की गंभीर समस्या से जूझ रहे हैं, वे स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन के ईमेल आईडी पर अपने संक्षिप्त परिचय के साथ अपनी समस्या बयान करें। साथ में अपना मोबाइल नंबर और अपने बैंक अकाउंट की जानकारी भी भेजें। SWA यथासंभव और यथाशीघ्र आप तक मदद पहुंचाने या उबरने का रास्ता सुझाने की कोशिश करेगा।

इसके अलावा, SWA उन सदस्यों को तुरंत 5 हज़ार रुपये की मदद करेगा, जो दुर्भाग्यवश कोरोना पॉज़िटिव पाए जाते हैं।

 तो सतर्क रहिये, जागरूक रहिये और इस महामारी से बचने के हर संभव उपाय करते रहिये।


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स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन

मुंबई, भारत.SWA's COVID-19 Response Letter (Eng)SWA's COVID-19 Response Letter (Hindi)