Raj Kapoor was an institution in himself. He was a noted actor, producer, writer and director who has left a legacy that is unmatched.
Born to Prithvi Raj Kapoor and Ramsarni Devi Kapoor, Rak Kapoor was the eldest among their six children. At he age of eleven, Raj Kapoor featured in his first movie Inquilab (1935) and what followed post that history.
Famous as the Charlie Chaplin Of Indian cinema, Raj Kapoor was one of the great entertainers known to Indian films. By the age of twenty four, he established his own studio, R.K. Films, and began his directorial career, starting with Aag.
He went on to produce and star in several hit films including Barsat (1949), Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Chori Chori (1956), Jagte Raho (1956) and Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960).
His most ambitious project was Mera Naam Joker which took six years to make bombed at the the Box Office. It is said the failure of the movie broke Raj Kapoor’s heart and he never quite recovered from the disappointment. However the movie is now considered a classic and often referred to as the bible of Bollywood.
Post Mera Naam Joker, Raj Kapoor went into a shell but bounced back with a blockbuster Bobby and post that he never looked back.
The scene where Rishi Kapoor met Dimple Kapadia in her house in Bobby was inspired by the real life meeting between Raj Kapoor and Nargis.
Raj Kapoor began his career as a clapper-boy. When Kidar Sharma was filming Vishkanya (1943), Raj Kapoor would always comb his hair and pose in front of the camera before giving the clap.
His real real name was Ranbir, shared by his grandson, Ranbir Kapoor and Raj was the middle name.
The Kapoor family is the oldest and probably the most respected families in Bollywood, with four generations working in the industry.
Here’s wishing the greatest Showman Of Bollywood a very happy birthday.
December 14, 2014, Raj Kapoor, the Showman Of Bollywood, is remembered on his 90th birthday. Raj Kapoor was an institution in himself. He was a not...3.5