Today is Raj Kapoor’s 98th birth anniversary. He is called the showman of Bollywood. Raj Kapoor was the eldest of six children of Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Mehra. The acting was in Raj’s blood because he belonged to a film family. Raj Kapoor’s first film appearance was in Inquilab at the age of 10, and his first lead role was in 1947’s Neel Kamal. Raj Kapoor set a great example at the age of just 24 by starting RK Studio. He was the youngest director of his time.
Despite winning several major awards including 3 National Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards, Raj Kapoor’s health deteriorated to such an extent that he never recovered even after receiving the Dadasaheb Phalke, the most prestigious award in the film industry. Raj used his savings to get his children a place in the industry. Even after failing many times, he did not give up. Today is Raj Kapoor’s 98th Birth Anniversary.
Raj Kapoor’s love Affair:
Kapoor had a long-standing romantic relationship with the famous actress Nargis Dutt. Both also dated each other for almost 9 years. They were a popular pair in 16 films including Barsaat, Andaz, Awara, and Shree 420. This relationship broke because Nargis wanted to marry Raj Kapoor, but this could not happen.
The biggest hurdle in their love story was that Raj Kapoor was already married. Nargis Dutt was married to Krishna Raj. Raj Kapoor was also the father of five children. Although he loved Nargis very much, he never left his wife. Nargis was heartbroken and left Raj Kapoor forever. Later Nargis married Sunil Dutt. Raj Kapoor was very broken after hearing this news.
Five Best movies of Raj Kapoor:
Mera Naam Joker (1970):
Raju is known for being a joker and a clown. It is what it is and it will always be. No matter how unhappy he is within, he must always make people laugh and be happy as his life story unfolds in three chapters, from his school days to the circus to the streets. “The show must go on,” Raju’s circus manager always says. This means that, even though Raju loves and loses along the way, he must keep a smile on his face. “Mera Naam Joker” is Raj Kapoor’s semi-autobiographical story of the life, love, and philosophy of an entertainer which took over six years to make.
In his eminent movie, Awara Raju lives as a derelict as a result of being estranged from his bitter father, a district judge, who threw Raju’s mother out of the house years ago. Raju shacks up with a Dacoit (pickpocket bandit) as his surrogate father only to realize that the man actually accounts for the original misunderstanding between his guardian. Raju kills him, and then tries killing his father, but fails, is caught red-handed, and is taken to court right before his very own father, who presides there as the Judge. Raju has his childhood GF as his legal representative, and the onus is now on his father, who must pass judgment without showing any personal sentiment
Shree 420 (1955):
Raj, a country boy from Allahabad, travels to the big city, Bombay, by walking to earn a living. He falls in love with the virtuous Vidya (Nargis) who is poor but is seduced by the riches of an unethical lifestyle that is freewheeling, which is presented to him by Seth Sonachand Dharmanand (Nemo) who is unscrupulous and dishonest, as well as the sultry temptress Maya (Nadira). After years of practice, he becomes a confidence trickster, or “420,” who is so skilled that he even cheats in card gambling. Despite Vidya’s best efforts, Raj remains a bad man.
The film is about two love stories. Pran (Raj Kapoor), Reshma (Nargis), Gopal (Prem Nath), and Neela (Nimmi). Pran, who is rich but sensitive, and Gopal, who womanizes, both have affairs with two mountain girls while holidaying in the valley of Kashmir. Although Pran and Reshma’s love is true and reciprocated, Gopal is a womanizing villain who disregards the faithful Neela (Nimmi) and condemns her to wait faithfully for his return with the Barsaat (rainy season). Pran and Reshma face many trials on the path to true love, including parental opposition, accidents, and an attempted forced marriage of Reshma to an uncouth fisherman. The couple is finally reunited.
Dilip (Dilip Kumar) falls head over heels for Neena (Nargis), a wealthy young woman, after rescuing her. Dilip becomes more involved in Neena’s life as time passes, and he ingratiates himself with her good friend Cuckoo. However, her father Murad disapproves of Neena and Dilip’s interactions. Several events transpire to disrupt the current arrangement between Neena and Dilip–one of which is the return of Rajan (Raj Kapoor), Neena’s fiancé–while Neena remains oblivious to Dilip’s true affections.