The technicolour Doodle features the late Bollywood great in his character of Raju the tramp that Raj Kapoor modelled on the lines of Charlie Chaplin’s cinematic blueprint, and made famous in movies like Awaara and Shree 420.
Raj Kapoor was born in 1924 in Peshawar, today Pakistan, to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Devi Kapoor. He made his film debut when he was eleven with Inquilab in 1935. His first movie as a solo hero was 1947 Neel Kamal opposite Madhubala.
In 1948, at twenty four, he became the youngest film director of his time when he set up his own studio R.K. Films.
He made his first feature film, Aag which become the first of his many early successes, including Barsaat in 1949 and Shri 420.
Raj made every effort to ensure that his movies appealed to every section of society, particularly the common man. Film historians have called him the Charlie Chaplin Of India, since he often himself played a tramp-like figure who, despite adversity, could still be cheerful and an honest man.
Not just introducing is own sons Randhir, Rishi and Ranbeer, Raj Kapoor is also well known to play godfather to many. Actors like Nimmi, Dimple Kapadia, Zeenat Aman and Mandakini, music directors Shankar-Jaikishan and lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri started their careers by working in Raj Kapoor films.
Mera Naam Joker (1970) was one of the films he produced, directed and acted in, which is considered to be a classic. The film also marked the entry of erstwhile heartthrob Rishi Kapoor in film industry as a child artist.
Raj Kapoor was suffering from breathing problems in his last years. During an event where he was invited to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to the Indian film industry, he collapsed and was rushed to hospital.
He was in hospital for a month before he passed away due to complications related to asthma at the age of sixty eight in 1988.
To commemorate iconic actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor's 90th birthday today, Google has posted a doodle. The technicolour Doodle features the late B...3.0