Bishwa Nath Singh
The nation celebrates his twenty third death anniversary today when we pay our respectful homage and floral tribute to that show man who was the winner of nine Filmfare Awards, while his films Awaara (1951) and Boot Polish (1954) were nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Government of India had honored him with the Padma Bhushan in 1971 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1987 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.
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Bishwa Nath Singh:
Raj Kapoor, a legendary figure of Bollywood and one of the greatest showman of Indian Cinema was born on December 14,1924 at Dhaki Munawar Shah of Peshawar of British India ( now in Pakistan) to the great stage actor Prithviraj Kapoor... and Ramsarni Devi Kapoor .He was the eldest amongst six children of his Parents. He had attended Colonel Brown Cambridge School at Dehradun of U.P.in the year 1930. At the age of eleven, he had acted for the first time in films, in the year 1935 film Inquilab. After acting in several other films during the next twelve years, his break came with the lead role in Neel Kamal (1947) opposite Madhubala in her first role as a leading lady. In 1948, at the age of twenty-four, he established his own studio, R. K. Films and had honor to become the youngest film director of his time making his directorial debut with the film Aag. Aag marked the first of many films in which he and Nargis had acted together. In 1949 he co-starred alongside Dilip Kumar in Mehboob Khan's blockbuster Andaz which was his first major success as an actor.He went on to produce, direct and star in many box office hits such as Barsaat (1949), Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Chori Chori (1956), Jagte Raho (1956) and Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960). These films established his screen image as The Tramp modeled on Charlie Chaplin's most famous screen persona. In 1964 he produced, directed and starred in Sangam which was his first film in color. This was his last major success as a leading actor. Outside of his home productions his other notable films were Anari (1959), Chhalia (1960) and Teesri Kasam (1963). He produced, directed and starred in his ambitious film, Mera Naam Joker (My name is Joker), which took more than six years to complete. When released in 1970, it was a box office disaster.In 1971 he launched his eldest son Randhir Kapoor in Randhir's acting and directorial debut Kal Aaj Aur Kal which also starred Raj's father Prithviraj Kapoor as well as Randhir's would-be-wife Babita. He launched his second son Rishi Kapoor's career when he produced and directed Bobby (1973) which was not only a grand success but also introduced actress Dimple Kapadia, later a very popular actress, and was the first of a new generation of teen romances. Dimple wore bikinis in the film which was quite unique those days for Indian films .In the latter half of the 1970s and early 1980s he produced and directed films which focused on the female protagonists: Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) with Zeenat Aman, Prem Rog (1982) with Padmini Kolhapure and Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) which introduced Mandakini. He acted in fewer films by the late 1970s and early 1980s and focused on producing and directing films. He starred alongside Rajesh Khanna in Naukri (1979) and played the title role alongside Sanjay Khan in Abdullah (1980).His last major film appearance was in Vakil Babu (1982) where he appeared with his younger brother Shashi Kapoor. His last acting role was a cameo appearance in a 1984 released British made-for-television film titled Kim. He had suffered from asthma in his later years; he died of complications related to asthma on June 2,1988 at the age of sixty three. At the time of his death, he was working on the movie Heena (an Indo -Pakistan based love story). The film was later completed by his sons Randhir and Rishi Kapoor, and narrated by his brother Shammi Kapoor. The movie was released in 1991 and became a huge success at the Box Office. When Raj Kapoor was being honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, where his brothers Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor were also present, the crowd was clapping around when President Venkataraman, who saw 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 where he got 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 him and finally left for heavenly abode on May 2,1988,The nation celebrates his twenty third death anniversary today when we pay our respectful homage and floral tribute to that show man who was the winner of nine Filmfare Awards, while his films Awaara (1951) and Boot Polish (1954) were nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Government of India had honored him with the Padma Bhushan in 1971 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1987 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.He is still continue to be very popular amongst old generation of Russian and Ukrainian and his song “Mai Awara Hun” continues to be famous amidst them.