Bandra- Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor is known for his candid and often brazen statements on social media. His just-off-the-presses autobiography Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, has the actor in a mood to spill quite a few beans. Like his encounter with notorious gangster Dawood Ibrahim in 1988. In his own words "Along with the good, fame has also brought me in contact with people of dubious character. One of them was Dawood Ibrahim. The year was 1988. I had landed in Dubai with my closest friend, Bittu Anand, for an Asha Bhosle-RD Burman night. Dawood always had a man at the airport to keep him posted on VIP movements. When I was leaving the airport, a stranger walked up to me and handed me a phone. He said, 'Dawood sa'ab baat karenge (Dawood sa'ab would like to talk to you).' Obviously, this was before the 1993 blasts in Mumbai and I didn't think of Dawood as a fugitive on the run. Dawood welcomed me and said, 'If there is anything you need, just let me know.' He also invited me to his house. I was taken aback.
Later, I was introduced to a fair, pudgy guy who looked British. This was Baba, the don's right-hand man. He said to me, 'Dawood sa'ab wishes to have tea with you.' I didn't see any harm in that and accepted the invitation. That evening, Bittu and I were picked up from our hotel in a gleaming Rolls Royce. While we were being driven to his home, a conversation went on around us, in Kutchi. I don't understand Kutchi but my friend did, and he realized that we were being driven around in circles, so we wouldn't know the exact location of his house. Dawood, immaculately dressed in an Italian ensemble that wasn't exactly a suit, greeted us warmly and apologetically explained, 'I called you to tea because I don't drink or serve alcohol.' So, we had a tea-and-biscuits session for four hours'.
These excerpts have caught media attention and are doing the rounds of TV news channels since Sunday.
We are now waiting to get our hands on that book!