Remembering Raj Kapoor

With Ranbir Kapoor the legacy continues… the legacy of the late Prithviraj Kapoor followed by his son Raj Kapoor – the man who to a large extent has been instrumental in putting the Hindi Film Industry on a global map.

2nd June marked the 25th death anniversary of the original showman of Bollywood – Raj Kapoor.

Raj Kapoor’s name has been synonymous with his banner ‘R.K. Films’ which he set up at an early age of 24 just one year after he made his debut as a leading hero with Neel Kamal opposite the beautiful diva Madhubala. The film didn’t really set the box office crashing but two years later, his association with Dilip Kumar and Nargis would pave the way for his imminent success as an actor, producer and a director at the box office.

He went on to partner Nargis in a number of blockbusters including Awaara in 1951 that became a rage not just in India but worldwide especially in what was then the Soviet Union known as USSR. Such was his powerhouse performance that the illustrious Time magazine rated this performance as one of the top ten best performances of all time.

In his career spanning across decades till his last film Heena in 1988 starring his son Rishi Kapoor and Pakistani actress Zeba Bakhtiar, Raj Kapoor gave countless hit films both as an actor and as producer / director. His films have won numerous awards including two national awards, 9 Filmfare awards as well as multiple nominations at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

The man who made most of his films revolving around social issues collapsed while receiving the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award from the then Indian President Dr. Venkataraman in 1988 and never really recovered from it, breathing his last on the way to the hospital.

A man who had the knack of spotting talents, who gave some of the most outstanding Hindi Films during his time as a producer/director, a man with a penchant for music, today his films and his songs are as much a part of the classical folklore as his love to portray women in a sensual way in his films.

From Simi Grewal in Mera Naam Joker to Zeenat Aman in Satyam Shivam Sundaram to a sensuous Mandikini in Ram Teri Ganga Maili, the original showman has represented his actresses in a never before seen on the big screens.

Alas, it was however his biggest debacle in the form of Mera Naam Joker that gave him a sore heart. A film in which he had put his mind and soul and which went on to become of the biggest box office duds in his otherwise illustrious career.

Despite that, the showman continues to live not just in the minds of his fans in India but all around the world. True to his song, “Jeena yahaan marna yahaan, iske siva jaana kahaan…”, his soul will always remain a part of Bollywood folklore…

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