Raj Kapoor-The Show man of Indian Films

 Raj Kapoor, as he appeared in his colour films
Raj Kapoor, as he appeared in his colour films
  Popular image of Raj in his black and white films
Popular image of Raj in his black and white films

Unforgettable Film personality

 Raj Kapoor, (1924-1988) is a ever remembered hero in the history of indian film movies. He is famous as 'Show man of Indian films', 'Charlie chaplin of India' etc. He Started his film career  as early as 12 years of his age. he remained there till his death in1988 at his 66th year. Some of his Hindi movies are concidered among best Bollywood films.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Achievements of late Raj Kapoor are astonishing. He has won prestigious ‘ film fare awards ‘ eight times!(Film fare –is a magazine devoted for Film news and that is giving annual awards for best actor, actress, playback singer, music director, etc, considering the films produced in that year. These awards are considered most prestigious in India)He was awarded Awarded Dadasaheb Phalke award for life time achievements

His early films AWARA and BOOT POLISH were nominated for PALME award at Famous Canne Film festival in 1951 and 1954respectively.

BIRTH AND LIFE

Born on Dec14, 1924, in Peshawar, presently in Pakistan.

Father- then famous actor-Prithviraj Kapoor

Mother- Ramasarni Devi Kapoor (Rama)

Brothers: Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor

Sister : Urmila Siol

Wife : Krishna Kapoor, formerly known as Krishna Malhothra, of Jabalpur.

Marriage took place in 1946 when Raj was Just 22 years old.

Children: First Son – Randhir Kapoor (1942)

First daughter- Ritu (1943) Now Famous as Ritu Nanda, Founder Chairman

                          Of famous Ritu Nanda Institute, to train Life insurance agents

Second son - Rishi Kapoor- (1952)

Second Daughter- Reema Kapoor (1956)

Third Son- Rajin Kapoor (1962)

His first and second sons are in the film field itself, as . Actors and Directors

Today’s celebrities in bollywood-Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor are the grand children of Raj Kapoor, though he didn’t like ladies of his family entering film field.

 Poster of the film AWARA showing Nargis and RAJ
Poster of the film AWARA showing Nargis and RAJ
 Poster of his later film Ram Teri.....
Poster of his later film Ram Teri.....

FILMS BY RAJ KAPOOR

This legendary figure acted for the first time in INQUILAB (freedom) film in 1935, when he was just a 12 year old boy. Since then, he continuously worked in films as actor, producer, director, etc.The video above, thakfully borrowed from Utube, gives glimpses of many films by him.

Brief history of his filmy life is as follows

1935-as a boy actor in INQUILAB

1947- AS hero in –‘Neel Kamal’ with beautiful Madhubala as heroine. It was her first film also

1948- Established his own banner for film production as R.K.FILMS at Mumbai, at the age of just 24...Same year, he produced film ‘AAG’ (fire) with NARGIS as heroine. She was his heroine in his six films

1949 – Played hero role in film ANDAAZ directed by Mehboob Khan. Here he got good success as hero.

1949- Produced and directed the film- BARSAAT

1951- Produced and directed famous film AWAARA (wanderer) .The film got very good appreciation and was screened in countries like Soviet Russia.

1955- Produced and directed the film –SRI-420 (Mr.420) which also was well appreciated.

1956- Produced and directed the film- CHORI-CHORI

1960- Produced and directed another famous hit film JIS DESH MEIN GANGA BEHTI

HAI (the country where the river Ganga flows) with beautiful south Indian actress Padmini played the leading role.

1964- He produced and directed his first colour movie-SANGAM.This is the film with a story of triangle love. Another beauty queen Vyjayanthimala was the heroine here. Rajendra Kumar was second hero. For this film, he did shooting in different parts of the world, like Switzerland, etc. In this film, he acted as young hero.

1970- Released his most ambitious film MERA NAAM JOKER (my name is joker) –which tells the sad, digusted story of a circus joker. This film was of four hours length.

It had fine music and songs, as of his most other films. It included Russian circus artists. In spite of his best efforts, the film failed in box office as Indian viewers could not appreciate the seriousness in the story. But Raj firmly held that it was his best film

1971- Produced and directed the film ‘ KAL AAJ AUR KAL ’ (Yesterday, today and tomarrow) whish tried to establish how time passes.In this he acted with his father Prithviraj and son Randhir Kapoor.Form this film onwords, he started playing supporting roles.

1973-Produced and directed the film ‘BOBBY’ by introducing Dimple Kapadia as heroine.This romantic film, though artistically not good, hit the box office.

1978-Made the film ‘SATHYAM SHIVAM SUNDARAM’ INTRODUCING Padmini Kolhapure , as little actress and Zeenat Aman as heroine. This also minted money.

1982- Made another commercial film –‘Prem Rog”-box office success

1985- Prodcued his last film-‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’(O Ram Your Ganga river became dirty”) introducing Mandakini as heroine.

By this time, he had started working on another ambitious film ‘HENNA’ Theming the crucial story of artificial divison of humaity into different political countries. He could not complete the film. Later, his son Randhir completed the film and released it in 1988.

He was awarded prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award in 1988.

He died out of serious asthma in 1988.

Raj’s films are known for their melodious and meaningful songs and music.,humanitarian touch;hindi videos of his films are also available.

For some more details, have a look at the following link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj_Kapoor

Further links to my other hubs about indian films and film artists are given below. All those have photoes

 Babitha-Who played leading role in Raj's 'Kal aaj aur kal' and later became Wife of his son Randhir. Mother of Kareena and Karishma
Babitha-Who played leading role in Raj's 'Kal aaj aur kal' and later became Wife of his son Randhir. Mother of Kareena and Karishma
  Nargis-Who was the heroine for six of Raj's films. She  is the mother of present day actor Sanjay Dutt
Nargis-Who was the heroine for six of Raj's films. She is the mother of present day actor Sanjay Dutt
 RAj Kapoor with his wife Krishna kapoor
RAj Kapoor with his wife Krishna kapoor

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ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum

Dear Sir, Thank you very much for posting this interesting Hub about unforgettable Hindi actor Rajkapoor. Pictures of this great actor are very nice!


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prasadjain 7 years ago from Tumkur Author

Thank you Mr. Rathnaveera My intention is to brush up the memory of certain persons who tried to enrich the value of Indian cinema.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur

Hi Prasad,

This hub is selected for Hubbers India as a quality hub.

Congratulations!

Thumbs up.

Jyoti


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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur

Hi Prasad,

raj Kapoor was the greatest showman in Indian film industry. He made Russians mad about him.

Thanks,

Jyoti Kothari


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prasadjain 6 years ago from Tumkur Author

Yes Mr. Kothari,your opinion is correct.i agree with you.


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Gaurav17 6 years ago from saharanpur

These all are great Actor/Actress.

Nice Article


H.K.Murthy 6 years ago

Raj Kapoor is unforgettable even after 20 years of his death. Good article


miri55 6 years ago

i love raj Kapoor! devoted to him for 50 years! no one in India today came even closer to a Legend..he is living in hearts of millions....i remember at 6 when i saw awaara....in USSR! we ,russians,adore him...forever! Raj Kapoor saab = India!!!


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prasadjain 6 years ago from Tumkur Author

Thank you miri 55,for your love for arts. Raj's some other films are even better thaan Awaara


shafqat veeerderswqad 5 years ago

What is your question by the way?


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prasadjain 5 years ago from Tumkur Author

Strange! I haven't put any question here!


sanjay 5 years ago

this was a great man of Bollywood industries.


Rahul 5 years ago

Many of the details are not correct like Birth year for Randhir and some of the films are not directed by Raj Kapoor like "Kal AAj Aur Kal".


c.k.patel. london. 5 years ago

raj kappor was a greatest showman I like his old songs of mukesh it will stay ever green c.k.


Rupesh jaipilley 4 years ago

My father is also raj kapoor i will prove it its rebirth process i m scientist i will prove it


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prasadjain 4 years ago from Tumkur Author

Thank you Mr. Rajesh.You are welcome to do it. But your father may be atleast 50 years old now and Raj Kapoor died about 25 years ago.


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Swetankraj 4 years ago from India

Interesting Hub! Me and my father too a great fan of Raj Kapoor. I had all films of him and bunch of music collection too. He is truly legend and i believe him as a god. His films are great and awesome. I really liked this hub. Voted up!


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prasadjain 4 years ago from Tumkur Author

Thank you Sweta.Raj Kapoor is worthy of appreciation but lets not compare him to god.There are many great personalities in Indian film industry,like-Satyajit Ray, Gurudutt,V.Shantharam, and in the later generation - Basu chatterjee, etc.Like them Raj also had great talent,beautiful imagination,love for music, etc.He is much better than Devanand.Simi Garewal has produced a documentary film on him.Have you seen that?


Patel prajesh h 4 years ago

I m best fan of mr. kapoor

pls i won a acting in any film

give me a one chance

i m proof my self


MAHESH BHAVSAR 4 years ago

THE GREAT SHOWMANSHIP, AND HEARTBEAT PHILOSOPHY ON BLIND LOVE WITH KEEPING SMILE ON FACE, ONLY ANYBODY CAN SEE & REALIZE FROM THE MOVIES OF LT. SHRI RAJ KAPOOR. "MERA NAAM JOKER" I LIKE TOO MUCH & WHENEVER I GET TIME I START THE COMPUTER & I SEE THE MOVIE, & REMEMBER THEIR EXCELLENT WORK AND ACTING.


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prasadjain 4 years ago from Tumkur Author

Yes,you have described optly!

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