Raj Kapoor’s death anniversay today
Published: 11:05 AM, 2 June 2020
Today is the 32nd death anniversary of the greatest showman of Hindi cinema Raj Kapoor. His real name is Ranbir Rajkapur. On this day in 1988, the greatest Bollywood actor and filmmaker passed away, leaving behind some iconic films and memorable characters that are cherished even today.
Raj Kapoor was born on December 14, 1924, in Khyber, Peshawar. However, he had close relations with West Bengals' Kolkata. It was always expressed in his words, demeanour and enthusiasm. He spent many days of his childhood in Kolkata. His father Prithviraj Kapoor was then the star of New Theaters there. Rajkapur studied at St Xavier's Collegiate School in Kolkata.
Raj Kapoor appeared in Bollywood films for the first time in 1935's Inquilab when he was 10. His big break came with the lead role in Neel Kamal (1947) opposite Madhubala in her first role as a leading lady. In 1948, at the age of 24, he established his own studio, RK Studio and became the youngest director of his time with his directorial debut, Aag.
His others films include Andaz (1949), Barsaat, Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Jagte Raho (1956), Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Dastan (1950), Anhonee (1952), Aah (1953), Chori Chori (1956), Anari (1959), Chhalia (1960), Dil Hi To Hai (1963). He also produced the hit social films Boot Polish (1954) and Ab Dilli Door Nahin (1957).
Raj Kapoor won three National Awards, and 11 Filmfare trophies, and was conferred with the Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke awards.