Today marks 98th birth anniversary of veteran Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor, often known as the Showman of Bollywood. He was born on December 14, 1924 in Kapoor Haveli. Even though he is no longer with us, his admirers still love him very much. He was not only an actor, but also a director and producer. He was also known as Charlie Chaplin of Hindi film industry.
He made his acting debut in the 1935 movie "Inquilab." He later acted opposite Madhubala in 'Neel Kamal' in 1947 which was his break. Following that, he had one of the finest careers in the Hindi film industry. On the occasion of his birthday, here is a list of his movies that can be watched in honour of him and his timeless presence.
Awara is perhaps the most iconic film of Raj Kapoor. Awara's main characters were a small-time thief (Raj Kapoor), his wealthy sweetheart Rita (Nargis) and judge Raghunath (Prithviraj Kapoor), who is not aware that the thief Raj is his own son. A classic in its own right, the film continues to be a favourite of cinephiles.
This film, which stars Prithviraj Kapoor and Nargis alongside Raj Kapoor is a tale of a country boy who relocates to the city in order to make a living. He falls in love with a poor woman, but is ultimately drawn to his employer's lifestyle and turns into a swindler. The film, which was a superb comedy-drama for its day, was also endowed with wonderful music, including songs such as 'Mera Joota Hai Japaani'.
Raj Kapoor and Nargis once again partnered in this light-hearted comedy with a touching theme. Even though it wasn't their best film, it's the one you should watch for romance and joy. This movie is inspired by the Hollywood classic 'It Happened One Night' and will surely make you laugh.
Sangam is a film about friendship, love and betrayal. It centres on the characters played by Raj Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala, and Rajendra Kumar, who grew up together. However, when the two men start falling for the same woman, a problem arises.
Mera Naam Joker
Raj Kapoor acted in, produced and directed the 1970 drama movie Mera Naam Joker. This is what we mean when we talk about an artistic masterpiece. It's a film that will always be regarded as having altered the direction of Indian filmmaking. It is a story of a man who is lonely and miserable but spreads happiness to the world as a joker in the circus.
Kal Aaj Aur Kal
Three generations of the Kapoor family appeared in this film. The age difference and ideology of three different generations in a family are also the plot of the movie. The actors who played important roles in the movie are Prithvi Raj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor.
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Beheti Hai
This black-and-white movie is about dacoit rehabilitation. The story follows a straightforward man who wanders into a dacoit camp, falls in love with a woman there, and then convinces the gang members to turn themselves in.