Rishi Kapoor’s last film Sharmaji Namkeen on Amazon on March 31

Rishi Kapoor works with Paresh Rawal in his last film, Sharmaji Namkeen Photo: Moe’s Art

Directed by Hitesh Bhatia and produced by Excel Entertainment in association with MacGuffin Pictures, Sharmaji Namkeen, starring the late Rishi Kapoor in his last role, and Paresh Rawal, will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on March 31. Juhi Chawla, Suhail Nayyar, Taaruk Raina, Satish Kaushik, Sheeba Chaddha and Isha Talwar are also in the cast.

Prime members in India and across 240 countries and territories worldwide can stream the film from that day.

Honoring the legacy of the prolific Rishi Kapoor, Sharmaji Namkeen is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar in association with Honey Trehan and Abhishek Chaubey of MacGuffin Pictures. Sharmaji Namkeen is the first Hindi movie where two actors—Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal—have come together to play one character.

A relatable and heartwarming story of self-realization and discovery, it dwells on the life of a recently-retired man who discovers his passion for cooking after joining a riotous women’s kitty circle.

“With every title, our endeavor at Prime Video has been to continuously deliver content that keeps our customers engaged and entertained,” said Manish Menghani, Head, Content licensing, Prime Video. “Sharmaji Namkeen is one such entertainer. It is a truly special film and humble tribute to the acting prowess and cinematic brilliance of the late Rishi Kapoor. It is also a testament to the immeasurable talent of Paresh Rawal. Both actors have entertained generations of audiences through their legendary performances. The film is yet another exciting chapter in our long-standing association with Excel Entertainment and we are certain this heartwarming tale will find its special place with customers in India and beyond.”

Ritesh Sidhwani, co-founder, Excel Entertainment said “At Excel, we have always focused on offering the most clutter-breaking narratives and bring to life characters that are memorable and heartwarming. This is a slice-of-life story of an ordinary man and his extraordinary pursuit to find a new meaning in life. We are humbled and thankful to work with the legendary actor, the late Rishi Kapoor, for this epic family entertainer, which remains his last onscreen portrayal. The movie is our tribute to his commanding stardom and charm and we are happy to add another milestone to our robust collaboration with Prime Video.”

Incidentally, Rishi Kapoor had played a leading role in Excel Entertainment’s 2009 film Luck By Chance, also starring Farhan Akhtar besides co-producing and co-writing the film. Juhi Chawla had acted in that film as well. Sneha Khanwalkar tunes Gopal Datt’s lyrics. The film is written by Hitesh Bhatia and Supratik Sen.





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