On the anniversary of the death of Raj Kapoor, celebrating his 8 iconic films, from Awara to Bobby
Born as Shrishti Nath Kapoor, the late Raj Kapoor dabbled in many forms of filmmaking, including acting, directing, and production. The actor died that day in 1988. On the eve of his death anniversary, the veteran artist is remembered by revisiting some classics of his filmography. From Awara to Bobby, here are eight films that best establish Kapoor’s artistry.
Barsaat was the second film that Raj Kapoor had made after the somewhat melodramatic Aag. The plot of the film revolved around two couples – Reshma and Pran (Raj Kapoor and Nargis), and Gopal and Neelam (Prem Nath and Nimmi). Pran and Gopal are quick friends who couldn’t have had more different personalities. While Pran was portrayed as the most sensitive, Gopal was a complete womanizer. One love story comes to an end, the other doesn’t. Funded by Raj Kapoor, Barsaat was written by Ramanand Sagar. After its release, Barsaat was declared a box office hit.
You can watch Barsaat on YouTube.
Awara can arguably be considered the most iconic film in Raj Kapoor’s rich repertoire. It’s a mishmash of a variety of genres, including crime drama, romance, and a generous dose of melodrama. The central story of Awara revolved around a petty thief (Raj Kapoor), his lover, the privileged Rita (Nargis) and Judge Raghunath (Prithviraj Kapoor) who is unaware that the thief Raj is her real son. Awara became a huge hit in international markets and reportedly sold over 200 million tickets overseas at the time.
Awara is streaming on YouTube.
Shree 420 (1955)
Shree 420, also directed by Raj Kapoor, is popular for many reasons. Firstly for being an excellent dramatic comedy for the time, secondly for its top notch music, especially the “Mera Joota Hai Japaani” sung by Mukesh and thirdly, for the references to Charlie Chaplin on which Kapoor’s character relies. constantly. Considered one of the highest grossing Hindi films of its time, Shree 420 also starred Nadira and Nargis in key roles.
Shree 420 is available to stream on YouTube.
Chori Chori (1956)
Comedy by nature, Chori Chori draws heavily on the Hollywood classic It Happened One Night. It featured the famous on-screen pair of Nargis and Raj Kapoor, who with their crackling chemistry once again saved the day. Chori Chori is also one of the last films in which Nargis and Raj Kapoor were featured as a couple. He was helmed by Anant Thakur.
You can watch Chori Chori on Amazon Prime Video.
Sangam is also a love story, and could have been a cliché without the climax. A story of friendship, love and betrayal; Sangam tells the story of the characters Raj Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala and Rajendra Kumar who grew up together, but an obstacle presents itself when the two men end up falling in love with their friend Radha. Sangam can be a bit loud in places and even a bit tiring with his haunting love, but he’s ultimately a winner thanks to his somewhat shocking ending and believable performances.
Teesri Kasam (1966)
Based on the short story Maare Gaye Gulfam written by famous Hindi writer Phanishwarnath Renu, Teesri Kasam had Raj Kapoor and Waheed Rahman in the lead roles. Her story takes place in rural India where an innocent and well-meaning bullock driver falls in love with a dancer from a traveling theater company. The film won a national award for best feature film upon release.
Mera Naam Joker (1970)
Mera Naam Joker was directed and produced by Raj Kapoor. Called earlier for its length and plot points, the film is now considered a cult classic for exploring philosophical themes. He is also said to have been Raj Kapoor’s personal favorite in his own career, and was in production for six years until he finally saw the light in 1970. The film’s narrative focuses on the final performances of a clown as three important women in his life see him from the galleries. Mera Naam Joker also marked Rishi Kapoor’s film debut.
Now it is a tale as old as time, especially when it comes to Hindi cinema. Raj (Rishi Kapoor) and Bobby (Dimple Kapadia) fall in love with each other despite their circumstances – class division, different religions, jobs. As warring parents and the proverbial society stand in their way, Raj and Bobby do everything in their power to keep the flame of love alive and burning. Bobby was directed and produced by Raj Kapoor. It marked the debut of Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia as lead actors.
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