"Salute to the Showman"

Raj Kapoor

1924 - 1988

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Mera joota hai Japani (My shoes are Japanese)

Ye patloon Inglistani (These trousers are English)

Sar pe lal topi Roosi (The red cap on my head is Russian)

Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani (But still, however, my heart is Indian)

How do we begin to write a tribute to a personality that is as tall and powerful as Raj Kapoor? From where do we start chalking out his creative and passionate journey through the crests and troughs of Indian cinema? From his early pursuits as the fortunate son of renowned actor Prithviraj Kapoor or his tryst with the art of filmmaking? No words can do justice to the legendary that is RK.

At the age of 24, Raj Kapoor produced, directed and acted in Aag (1948) that kick-started the popular banner RK Films, making him the youngest film director of his time. After that, there was no stopping for this genius. He went on to produce and star in movies that became super hits not just in India but in the Middle East, Europe and Russia. From Shree 420 to Sangam, Barsaat to Anari, Raj Kapoor gave many a beautiful story and cinematic experience to Indian audiences. His image as the cheerful tramp in most of his movies gave him the title "Charlie Chaplin of Indian Cinema". 

Raj Kapoor received 2 National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Hindi, 9 Filmfare Awards and his movies Awara and Boot Polish were nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In fact, his character as the poor and humble Raj in Awara was rated as one the "Top-Ten Performances of all time", by the Time Magazine. 

Raj Kapoor has been conferred with many other awards and international recognition. But what he will always be remembered for is the simplicity of his characters, the sincerity of his storytelling and the heartfelt message that always left a lasting impression on society.

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