Prem Rog the 1982 film is considered a milestone movie for actor Rishi Kapoor. The late actor had thoughts about starring in the Raj Kapoor film. Recently in an interview with indianexpress.com Padmini Kolhapure, who was the theme lead role in the film remembered Rishi Kapoor and said, “I have so many memories (with him). I have done a couple of films with Rishi Ji. Talking about Prem Rog, I remember when he was doing the film, he was like, ‘What am I doing in the film? It is Padmini’s film, it is Manorama’s film. The story is going to be around her.’ But little did he know about the impact he created on people’s minds. I think that is probably one of his great films.”
Not only Rishi Kapoor, Padmini even worked with Dilip Kumar too. When Dilip Kumar passed away, Padmini wrote an emotional note paying tribute to the legend. “Yusuf Uncle. Rest in Peace. Thank you for being in my life. Thank you for your love your care. You have taught me volumes! Will miss you till eternity.. not just me all your fans your well-wishers here and the world over. I have witnessed the adulation the love the respect you had in the hearts of your admirers. I can go on and on and on. Saira Baaji you have been the strongest pillar and support prayers and strength to you,” she wrote.
The actor was last seen in Arjun Kapoor’s Panipat. She launched the music label Dhamaka Recordsbim collaboration with her son Priyaank K Sharma. ‘Hum Hindustani’ was launched as the first song under the label. This song had many versatile actors including Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Nigam. Padmini is also the niece of famous singers Asha Bhonsle and Lata Mangeshkar. Her father Pandharinath Kolhapure was also a musician. People asked if Padmini would choose a career in music too, and how does she feel being in relation to such greater musicians. To which she said, she loves their voices so much that she can’t like any other’s voices.
While Padmini’s singing career is far-fetched. She has been keeping herself away from Bollywood to which she answered, “I just take something or just relax. I am not running or rushing to work. I take it as it comes. I have worked all my life. I want to jump only on a script that excites me.”
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Padmini gave hits like Woh Saat Di and Pyaar Jhukta Nahin said that she is happy with her journey as an actor. “God has been kind. It wasn’t difficult. I was introduced by Dev’s (Aanand) uncle as a child artist and then by Raj (Kapoor) uncle and Nasir uncle as the leading lady. So, for me, it wasn’t a struggle of any sort. I wanted to become a singer. So, in any case, if my career as an actor wouldn’t have worked, I would have become a singer,”
When asked if star kids are pressured to follow their parent’s legacy? To that she answered, “Not at all. There is no stress for Shraddha or Priyaank. We just encouraged them,” she said, adding that Shraddha Kapoor “didn’t even think about getting into movies.” Moreover, “Priyaank had the ambition to get into films but Shraddha and Siddhant never expressed that they wanted to do movies. Suddenly, one fine day, she just decided,” she explained.