Published On: Thu, Jun 2nd, 2016

Remembering Raj Kapoor, on his 28th death anniversary today.



Remembering Raj Kapoor, the ultimate Showman of Indian cinema, on his 28th death anniversary today.

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Rightly described as a megastar, producer, director, actor and all-round showman, Raj Kapoor has permanently carved for himself a special niche in commercial Hindi cinema. The son of actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor started his career as a clapper boy but bagged his first film role in ‘Inquilab’ at the age of eleven.


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In 1948, at just the young age of twenty-four, he established his own studio, RK Films and became the youngest director with ‘Aag’ starring himself and Nargis.


He is known for his work in ‘Barsaat’, ‘Awaara’, ‘Shree 420’, ‘Chori Chori’, and ‘Jagte Raho’. An actor, producer and director, he has to his credit two National Film Awards and nine Filmfare Awards.


The late lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri, as one of the multiple discoveries of the original Showman who passed away on June 2, 1988, had once said, “Raj Kapoor could take out a great performance from even a statue!” Twenty-five years after Raj Kapoor achieved immortality, we focus on a rather lesser-known facet of this all-rounder actor-filmmaker: his unerring eye for new talent across all disciplines of cinema. And if some were his family members, rest assured that they too were eminently deserving of the breaks!


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Raj Kapoor, who had been suffering from asthma, passed away on June 2, 1988.


Dilip Kumar helps Raj Kapoor in picking Ashok Kumar’s pocket at a happy get-together of film personalities.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology