Wednesday, June 2, 2010


I have a relation with Raj Kapoor. No no he is not my maternal uncle. Neigther i had the opportunity to touched his hand in my teenage. He even died much before i became a teenage. The relation is that after bought a tv in our house in early 90's 1st film telecasted in doordarshan was Shree 420. i was only 8 at that time so it is obvious that i understand that i understand the language but not the film. I sang the song but couldnot understand the satire behind the song 'mera juta hai japani/ ye patlung englishtani/ sar pe lal topi russi/ phir bhi dil hai hundustani'. Because i so his film first, he was my first favourite hero before amitabh bachchan, rajesh khanna or my days hero aamir khan and salman khan. After growing up i saw all his famous movies like 'Aag', 'Anari', 'Awara', 'Chori Chori', 'Boot Polish', 'Barsaat', 'Tisri Kasam', 'Jis desh me ganga behti hai', 'Mera Nam Jokar' etc and realize why he is called the showman of Indian cinema or Charli Chaplin of India.
Raj kapoor was a modern man. He was foresighted foresightedly he could thought about future, this is one of the great qualities of him. Hence he choose subject like class conflict or social taboos when people were busy with making films on epic or myth. He was the masihah of the poor. He tried to give justice to the lower class people of the society in his film. He showed the real india in his films. He was a real marxist. So he was as popular in russia as in india. His film 'Awara' was superhit in both India and Russia. Even Russian people used to dance on the title song 'Awara hun'. In 'Awara' RK created Charli Chaplin image. We saw this image in his other films like Shri 420 or Mera Naam Jokar.
In 1956 one of his ambitious project 'Jagte raho' was released but due to some unknown reason audience didnot except it. He was very hurt but didnot give up making films on social issues. In 70's he released his most expensive and researched and 4 hour long film 'Mera Naam Jokar'. Since the film was too long it turned as the greatest disester in bollywood.
For the first time he used nudity as an art in indian cinema. Whether it's his own acted film 'Barsaat', 'Mera Naam Jokar' or his directed 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' , 'Ram Teri Ganga maili' or 'Bobby'. RK showed the difference between nudity aru obscenity. He used the light and shade very poetically and beautifuly in Barsaat. He showed the body art of then hot model Zeenat Aman in 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' and breaking all the rules of industry he permit kissing on screen. He became the showman of indian film industry.
R.K. was a craftman. He was an actor, director and producer. He also had a very good knowlegde of music. He played harmonium, piano, accordian tabla etc. He even asked his best composer shankar-jaikishan to changed some theme in his film. SJ never allowed anyone to interfare on their work but they also accpted RK's advice seriously.
But the journey was not so smooth for the eldest son of famous actor Prithviraj Kapoor.
He started his career with director Kedar Sarma as a clapper boyin 1942. In his set Kedar Sharma once saw that Raj is not doing his work well and slapped him for it. Kedar Sharma first debued him in 1947 with majestic beauty madhubala in 'Neel Kamal'. Thenext year he started his own films studio and released his first directorial debue in 'Aag' with Nargis in 1948. after 'Aag' Raj Kapoor Nargis became the best romantic pair ever in bollywood. After that they did lots of hit films. And after 'Aag' raj never stopped till his death in 2nd june 1988.
he became the epitome for the young actors and film-makers.