Raj Kapoor is known as “The Show Man” of Indian cinema industry. He was born on 14th December 1924 in Peshawar. His father is the famous Indian actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who is also one of the pioneers of the modern-day Bollywood. Raj Kapoor is known as one of the most influential directors and actor to have ever served in the Bollywood industry.
Born as the eldest son among six other siblings Raj Kapoor later on his life moved from Peshawar to modern day India. Raj Kapoor did his studies from Colonel Brown Cambridge School based on Dehradun in the 1930’s and St Xavier’s Collegiate School.
Caption: Raj Kapoor in his late years.
Rajkapoor started his career with the movie “Inquilab” when he was just 10 years old. However, his major break came at the age of 22 when he got the role in Neel Kamal where his co-star actor was the famous Madhubala. The movie was released in the year 1947.
Rajkapoor is not only an actor but he is also a director. In the year 1948 when he was just 24 years of age he established his own studio “R.K. Films” and was the youngest director of his time. The first movie that he directed and starred as well is none other than “Aag”. However, he is mostly known for his acting in the movie “Andaz”. This movie not only was successful but it helped Raj Kapoor get more attention in the film industry. After the movie “Andaz” his major breakthrough came with the movie “Barsaat”. Barsaat is the movie that he starred and directed as well. Movies like “Awaara”, “Shree 420”, ”Chori Chori”, “Jagte Raho”, “Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai” are some of his hit movies that he also help to direct. Apart from his own produced movies “Aah”, “Anari”, “Chhalia”, ”Dil Hi to Hai” are some of his popular movies.
Caption: Raj Kapoor in one of his movies.
There were many lows and high time in Raj Kapoor’s life even though most of the time it was good there were troublesome time as well. The movie “Mera Naam Joker” was among the few movie that turned out to be disastrous for the Kapoors as it didn’t do any good at the box office and Raj Kapoor had invested heavily in the movie.
In the later years of his life, he produced and directed movies that focused in female protagonists Satyam “Shivam Sundaram”, “Zeenat Aman”, “Prem Rog”, “Ram Teri Ganga Mail”. These movies are still considered as good movies till date.
Marriage and children.
Raj Kapoor was married to Krishna Malhotra back in the year 1946. Their marriage was arranged as Krishna was Prithviraj Kapoor’s maternal uncle’s daughter. The couple had 5 children among which 3 were Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor and the other 2 were daughters Ritu Nanda and Reema Kapoor.
Caption: Raj Kapoor’s Portrait.
Raj Kapoor who is also considered as the Charlie Chaplin of Indian movie industry helped shape Indian film industry. And throughout his life, he was able to accumulate a fortune. Even though, there is no concrete figure to explain his net worth.We speculate it was well above the million dollar mark.
Raj Kapoor has given his viewers many good movies and was also able to gain a lot of fans throughout his lifetime. However, in his later years, he suffered from asthma and left the world in 1988 at the age of 63. People still remember him for his contribution to Indian movie industry.