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On Raj Kapoor’s death anniversary, celebrating his 8 iconic films, from Awara to Bobby

Born as Shrishti Nath Kapoor, the late Raj Kapoor dabbled in lots of types of filmmaking, together with performing, directing and producing. The actor handed away on at the present time in 1988. On the eve of his loss of life anniversary, we keep in mind the veteran artiste by revisiting a number of classics from his filmography. From Awara to Bobby, listed below are eight films which finest establishes Kapoor’s artistry.

Barsaat (1949)

Raj Kapoor as Pran in Barsaat. (Picture: RK Movies)

Barsaat was the second film Raj Kapoor had directed after the considerably melodramatic Aag. The plot of the movie revolved round two {couples} — Reshma and Pran (Raj Kapoor and Nargis), and Gopal and Neelam (Prem Nath and Nimmi). Pran and Gopal are quick mates who couldn’t have had extra completely different personalities. Whereas Pran was portrayed because the delicate one, Gopal was a whole womaniser. One love story reaches its fruition, the opposite one doesn’t. Bankrolled by Raj Kapoor, Barsaat was written by Ramanand Sagar. Submit its launch, Barsaat was declared a success on the field workplace.

You possibly can watch Barsaat on YouTube.

Awara (1951)

awara movie Raj Kapoor in a nonetheless from Awara. (Picture: The Press Reporter Archive)

Awara can arguably be stated to be probably the most iconic film from Raj Kapoor’s wealthy repertoire. It’s a mish-mash of quite a lot of genres, together with crime drama, romance and a beneficiant dose of the melodrama. The central storyline of Awara revolved round a small-time thief (Raj Kapoor), his lover, the privileged Rita (Nargis), and decide Raghunath (Prithviraj Kapoor) who’s unaware of the truth that the thieving Raj is his actual son. Awara went on to turn into an enormous success in worldwide markets, and is alleged to have bought over 200 million tickets overseas on the time.

Awara is streaming on YouTube.

Shree 420 (1955)

shree 420 Raj Kapoor and Nargis Dutt in Shree 420. (Picture: The Press Reporter Archive)

Shree 420, additionally directed by Raj Kapoor, is widespread for a lot of causes. First for being a wonderful comedy-drama for its time, second for its top-notch music, particularly the Mukesh-sung “Mera Joota Hai Japaani” and third, for the Charlie Chaplin references that Kapoor’s character continually attracts upon. Thought-about to be one of many highest grossing Hindi films of its time, Shree 420 additionally starred Nadira and Nargis in pivotal elements.

Shree 420 is accessible to stream on YouTube.

Chori Chori (1956)

chori chori Chori Chori was stated to be impressed by the Hollywood film It Occurred One Night time. (Picture: AVM Productions)

A romedy by nature, Chori Chori is strongly impressed by the Hollywood traditional It Occurred One Night time. It featured the well-known on-screen pair of Nargis and Raj Kapoor, who, with their crackling chemistry, as soon as once more saved the day. Chori Chori additionally occurs to be one of many final movies Nargis and Raj Kapoor featured in collectively as a pair. It was helmed by Anant Thakur.

You possibly can watch Chori Chori on Amazon Prime Video.

Sangam (1964)

sangam movie Sangam had Raj Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar and Vjayanthimala within the lead roles. (Picture: The Press Reporter Archive)

Sangam can be a love story, and will have been a cliched one had it not been for the climax. A story of friendship, love and betrayal; Sangam tells the story of the characters of Raj Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala and Rajendra Kumar who grew up collectively, however an impediment presents itself when the 2 males find yourself falling for his or her good friend Radha. Sangam is usually a bit loud in locations and even considerably tiring with its push-and-pull of an obsessive form of love, however is in the end a winner because of its considerably stunning finish and credible performances.

Teesri Kasam (1966)

teesri kasam Teesri Kasam was a narrative primarily based in rural India. (Picture: Saregama Music/YouTube)

Based mostly on the quick story Maare Gaye Gulfam penned by well-known Hindi author Phanishwarnath Renu, Teesri Kasam had Raj Kapoor and Waheed Rahman within the lead roles. Its narrative is ready in rural India the place an harmless, well-meaning bullock cart driver falls for a dancer at a travelling theatre troupe. The film received a Nationwide Award for Finest Function Movie upon its launch.

Mera Naam Joker (1970)

mera naam joker Raj Kapoor directed and starred within the 1970 film Mera Naam Joker. (Picture: The Press Reporter Archive)

Mera Naam Joker has been directed and produced by Raj Kapoor. Earlier referred to as out for its size and plot factors, the movie is now thought of a cult traditional for exploring philosophical themes. It’s also stated to have been Raj Kapoor’s private favorite from his personal profession, and was underneath manufacturing for six years till it lastly noticed the sunshine of the day in 1970. The movie’s narrative focuses on a clown’s ultimate performances as three vital ladies of his life view it from the galleries. Mera Naam Joker additionally marked the debut of Rishi Kapoor in movies.

Bobby (1973)

rishi kapoor Rishi Kapoor made his debut as a male lead with Bobby. (Picture: RK Studios)

Now it is a story as previous as time, particularly so far as Hindi cinema is worried. Raj (Rishi Kapoor) and Bobby (Dimple Kapadia) fall for one another regardless of their circumstances — the category divide, completely different religions, the works. As warring dad and mom and the proverbial society will get of their method, Raj and Bobby do all the things of their capability to maintain the flame of affection alive and burning. Bobby was directed and produced by Raj Kapoor. It marked the debut of each Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia as lead actors.

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