Throughout the 70s, the actor romanced Neetu Singh on screen and off. The couple appeared together in Kabhie Kabhie, Rafoo Chakkar, Khel Khel Mein, Doosra Aadmi, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Anjane Mein Jhoota Kahin Ka and Duniya Meri Jeb Mein.
They married in1981, in the face of parental opposition. In a filmy twist, a fever-ridden Rishi went to Neetu's house to ask her parents for permission to marry her. He was 29 when their families finally agreed and he married his sweetheart.