New Delhi, Dec 13: Whether Awara or Mera Naam Joker, the versatile personality, also known as ‘the showman of Indian Cinema’, that was Raj Kapoor. For his flamboyant role, he will forever remain etched in our memory.
On his 93rd birth anniversary, lets remember Kapoor’s contribution to Indian film industry by having a glimpse of his journey from a clapper boy to famous personality.
He was born in Pathan-Hindu family in Peshawar (now in Pakistan) to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Devi Kapoor on December 13 Ranbir Raj Kapoor.
He ventured into acting as a child artist in Inquilab (1935) at the age of 11 years.
Raj Kapoor went to different schools in cities Dehradun, Calcutta (St Xavier’s Collegiate School) and Mumbai.
Raj Kapoor’s first job was as a clapper-boy.
When Kapoor was 21, he got a leading role in Neel Kamal opposite Madhubala.
The showman of hindi cinema, started off his production house RK Films when he was just 24 years old and helmed iconic films like Shree 420, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Bobby and Mera Naam Joker.
His directorial debut was Aag and first major success as an actor was Andaz.
Mera Naam Joker is the one and only film in the history of hindi cinema to have two intervals and it took 6 years to complete.
In May 1946, Raj Kapoor tied a wedding knot with Krishna Malhotra. The couple gave birth to five children – Rishi Kapoor, Randhi Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor, Ritu Nanda and Reema Kapoor.
During 50s and 60s, the love affair between Nargis and Raj Kapoor was known. His named was also linked veteran bollywood actresses Vyjantimala and Zeenat Aman.
He was honored with numbers of prestigious awards for his spectacular performances, including 3 National Film Awards, 11 Filmfare Awards and 21 nominations, Padma Bhushan 1971 and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1987.
Kapoor died of complications related to asthma in 1988 at the age of 63.