Jeena yahan marna yahan iske siva jaana kahan- well this popular song from legendary film maker Raj kapoors‘ mera naam joker' will suit every honest artist. A true artist can never do any other work but persue his art irrespective of whether he is doing good financially or not.
Today I am going to talk about one of India’s finest actor, director, produer Shri. Raj Kapoor. It takes me great pride to write few lines on him. A book would be less to describe his talents but still even few lines will be like a tribute to him.
One man from whom there is so much to learn. He left us physically in 1988 but even today his name is taken with utmost respect and pride in the industry. A super handsome man with very fair skin and blue eyes was born on 14th dec 1924 in a town called Samandru in Peshawar (now in Pakistan). Raj Kapoor's father Prithviraj Kapoor himself was a well known actor . Raj kapoor debuted in Neel kamal as a hero and instantly became a heartthrobe amongst all youngsters. After one film as a hero he got married and soon after at an early age of 24 he directed, produced and acted in Aag. With this he launched the RK banner.
Always attempted topics pertaining to the common man, but every film of his the common story would be presented so beautifully that it touched every heart. His presentations were very different. Raj kapoor was well known for his musical sense. Every song of his would invariably be a big hit. He has made several hit films like Barsaat,Awaara,Shri 420,Sangam...the list can just go on. His dream film was Mera naam joker. He had put in everything he had in the film but somehow the film could not make it at the box office.
He revived from the set back but came with a whole new attitude of romance. Again all superhit films,Bobby ,Prem Rog,Ram Teri Ganga Maili,Satyam Shivam Sundaram.....wow how he could potray sensuality without crossing the thin line and turning to vulgarity. Hats off to this greatest showman of Bollywood.
I have very fond memories of seeing him shooting for his film Ram teri ganga maili during my school days. It is so coincidental that Raj kapoor had his name raju in most of his films. Though I was named nabhkumar but because of raj kapoors popularity my mother started calling me raju. I was probably destined to be a film maker I guess otherwise it is very surprising that I was to join the Indian Army but ended up becoming a film maker!! Thank you RaajSaab.
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