Raj Kapoor’s Iconic RK Studio, up for sale

RK Studio

New Delhi, Aug 28: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor confirmed that the iconic RK Studio which was built by Raj Kapoor in 1948 is up for sale.

Rishi Kapoor, one of Raj Kapoor’s five children, confirmed the sale of the studio, which is spread over 2 acres in Mumbai’s Chembur area, to Mumbai Mirror saying that the operations cost won’t keep the establishment running even after renovation.

RK Studio was gutted by fire last year, which destroyed most of the property along with memorabilia and costumes of all RK Films.

Speaking about the sale of her family studio, Kareena Kapoor told reporters at an event, “I think it’s probably something that the family has decided, so it’s up to my fathers, his brothers and up to them… If that’s what they have decided, so be it,” reported news agency IANS.

Regarding the sale of the studio, Actor Annu Kapoor said, ”It is heartbreaking. It’s an iconic place. I’ve also worked at this studio”.

R.K. Studio, the headquarters of the film production company R.K. Films, was founded and named after the Great Showman, Raj Kapoor, in 1948.

Its inaugural banner film “Aag” that year crashed at the box office, but the next year proved to be a good omen when its production “Barsaat” (1949), starring Raj Kapoor-Nargis was a super hit.

In fact, the company’s logo was designed to reflect the poster of a scene from “Barsaat” and after that, the studio never looked back.

It had a string of successful black-and-white releases like “Awaara” (1951), “Boot Polish” (1954), “Shri 420” (1955), “Jaagte Raho” (1956).

Later, the studio was the venue for several other big ticket films like “Jis Desh Me Ganga Behti Hain” (1960), “Mera Naam Joker” (1970), “Bobby” (1973), the debut film for Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia, “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” (1978), “Prem Rog” (1982), “Ram Teri Ganga Maili” (1985), which was the founder-actor’s last film before his death in June 1988.

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