Raj Kapoor

Other names of Raj Kapoor: Ranbir Raj Kapoor
Birthday: 14-12-1924
Date of death: 02-06-1988
Star sign: Capricorn

Raj Kapoor was a renowned actor, director, and producer of Bollywood cinema. He was given the title of “The Showman” as his film attracted a huge number of audiences from Asia and Europe. He was honored with the Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian cinema.

The Indian Film Industry gave him the title of Clarke Gable of India. His parents Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Kapoor named him as Ranbir Raj Kapoor. He was born on December 14, 1924, in Peshawar province of Pakistan. He studied in Colonel Brown Cambridge School in Dehradun and then finished his graduation from St Xavier’s Collegiate School.

In 1935 at the age of 10 he made his debut with the movie ‘Inquilab’. He reached the pinnacle of success with his film ‘Neel Kamal’ in 1947 where he starred opposite to ‘ Madhubala’. The movies ‘Awaara’ and ‘Boot Polish’ were nominated for the Palme d’Or grand prize at Cannes Film Festival. The establishment of R.K. Films in 1948 allowed him to make his debut as director and hero in ‘Aag’. He also directed and starred alongside Dilip Kumar in the movie ‘ Andaz’. He has produced and starred in several hits like ‘Barsaat’, ‘Awaara’, ‘Shree 420’, ‘ Chori Chori’, ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’, ‘Mera Naam Joker’, ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’.

In 1960 his movie ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’ won the Filmfare Award For Best Film, it was directed by his long time cinematographer Radhu Karmakar. His son Rishi Kapoor made his acting debut through ‘Mera Naam Joker’ though the movie was a flop but it is regarded as a classic till date. Kapoor launched his eldest son Randhir Kapoor with the movie ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’ where Raj Kapoor acted beside his father, the legendary Prithviraj Kapoor. The movie is about the clash of three generations.

The films directed by him also focused on the hardships faced by women and were more focused on women. ‘ Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, ‘Prem Rog’, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ are some of this kind of films which featured renowned actresses Zeenat Aman, Padmini Kolhapure, ‘ Mandakini’ respectively.

Raj Kapoor had chronic Asthma problem. In 1988 when he was being honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award he collapsed onstage and passed away after a few days. With his death, the Indian Film Industry lost one of its greatest showmen who left his behind his legacy.