Sunday, November 28, 2010

Raj Kapoor a legendry figure of Hindi Cinema as flashed by me on the f.b. on Nov.27,2010

Bishwa Nath Singh :
How many of us recollect that when the world had celebrated hundred Years of the Cinema, Russia had planned to release a series of picture books on the great personalities of cinema who had influenced Russian viewers. They had released books on such film craftsmen as Sergei Eisentsien, Sergei Bondarchuk, Charlie Chap...lin and Raj Kapoor.For many decades, Raj Kapoor was the one foreign filmmaker besides Charlie Chaplin who had a faithful fan following deep in the heart of Soviet Russia.In 1948, Raj Kapoor had laid the foundation of his RK Studio in Mumbai. A few years later, the studio rolled out its early films – Awara and Shri 420 – which became hits in India and became famous in Soviet Russia. Even today,when one comes across an old Russian couple , he/she could come accross old couple singing ‘Awara Hun” with great fascination and heard often paying rich tribute to Raj Kapoor as he was so popular in yester years.Let us pay our respectful homage to him and have glimpse of his life history in brief!
 (Photo of Raj Kapoor)

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Bishwa Nath Singh:
Raj Kapoor whose original name was Ranbir Raj Kapoor was born on December 14,1924 in a town called Samandru in Peshawar in now Pakistan, to actor Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni (Rama) Devi He was the eldest of sixchildren in a Punjabi fam...ily. a Known as Showman of Hindi Cinema; honored with Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution in Indian Cinema. . Raj Kapoor was an actor, director and producer. Raj Kapoor is also famous as Showman of Hindi Cinema. His family left Peshawar and came to Bombay in 1929. Raj Kapoor's father Prithviraj Kapoor himself was a well-known actor. His other two brothers Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor also are well-known actors and the other two died in infancy. He also had a sister named Urmila Sial..Raj Kapoor started his career as a clap boy assisting Kidar Sharma. In 1935, at the age of eleven, Raj Kapoor appeared in his first film Inquilab. In 1946, Raj Kapoor married Krishna Malhotra, Raj Kapoor's big break came in 1947, when he played leading role in the film Neel Kamal, directed by Kidar Sharma. In 1948, at the age of twenty-four, Raj Kapoor established his own studio, R. K. Films, and became the youngest film director of his time. His first movie as a director was Aag (Fire). The film was an instant success. Thereafter, Raj Kapoor directed several films. He also acted in most of them. Some of the famous films directed by Raj Kapoor are Barsaat (1949), Awaara (1951), Shri 420 (1955), and Sangam (1964). He formed a hit pair with Nargis. Raj Kapoor depicted the story of common man in his films and his films appealed to every section of the society. Raj Kapoor had great sense of music and the music of his films was very popular not only in India but in countries like Russia too. Film historians have characterized Raj Kapoor as honest and sincere film maker.After the commercial failure of his ambitious film Mera Naam Joker in 1970, Raj Kapoor's films took a turn toward sensuality. In 1973, Raj Kapoor released Bobby, which started the trend of teenage romance in Indian cinema. He introduced Dimple Kapadia in Bobby who later went on to become a mega star. The film showed Dimple Kapadia in bikini, which was a bold attempt considering societal standards at that point of time. He further pushed the boundaries of sensuality in his other films like Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) and Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985). Raj Kapoor's film carried social message too. For example, his film Premrog (1982) advocated widow remarriage. For his contribution to Indian cinema Raj Kapoor was honored with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1987. When he was given the Dadasaheb Phalke award; where his brothers, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor were also present; the crowd was clapping around when President of India R. Venkataraman, who saw Raj Kapoor's discomfort, came down the stage to give the award to the legend in the middle of thundering claps where he was breathing his last breath and suddenly Raj Kapoor collapsed, and was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for treatment. The country's top cardiologists tried their best, but could not save He died on June 2, 1988 due to asthma related complications Raj Kapoor had received many awards throughout his career, including 9 Filmfare Awards and nineteen nominations. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1971 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1987 - the highest award for cinematic excellence in India. In 2001, he was honored with “Best Director of the Millennium” by Stardust Awards. He was named “Showman of the Millennium” by Star Screen Awards in 2002. At the time of his death he was working on the film Henna, based on a love story between an Indian boy and Pakistani girl .The film was later completed by his son Randhir Kapoor and was a major commercial success. Besides being a show man of our Hindi Cinema, he was very kind hearted person with full of passion & wisdom. Such legendary figure can never be forgotten and would always remain close to our heart. Let us pay our respectful homage & floral tribute to him!

.Ponnala Yadaiah:
Raj kapoor is the best show man of Indian cinema even though he born in peshavar in Pakistan He is a joker of Indian fans of himself



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