Raj Kapoor Wiki
Ranbir Raj Kapoor was a noted Indian film actor, producer, and director of Indian cinema. He was born on 14 December 1924 in Peshawar, India (Present Day Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). He was a prominent member of the Kapoor family – that produced several celebrated Bollywood superstars.
He is one of the greatest actors. He was the winner of several accolades including 3 National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards in India. His performance in Awaara was ranked as one of the top ten greatest performances of all time by Time magazine. The Government of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan in 1971.
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Raj Kapoor Biography, Songs, Movies, Family Tree, Wife, Son & Siblings
|Real Name||Ranbir Raj Kapoor|
|Nickname||Showman, Charlie Chaplin of India|
|Profession||Actor, Producer and Director|
|Date of Birth||14-Dec-24|
|Date of Death||2-Jun-88|
|Birth Place||Peshawar, India|
|Place of Death||New Delhi, India|
|Cause of Death||Cardiac Arrest|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Sagittarius|
|School||St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata Colonel Brown Cambridge School, Dehradun|
|Educational Qualification||6th Fail|
|Debut||Film – Inquilab (1935 as a child actor)|
|Father||Prithviraj Kapoor (1906-1972)|
|Mother||Ramsarni Devi Kapoor (1908-1972)|
|Sister||Urmila Sial Kapoor|
|Brother||Shammi Kapoor (1931-2011)
Shashi Kapoor (1938-2017)
Nandi Kapoor (1931)
Devi Kapoor (1931)
|Children||Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor, Ritu Nanda, Rima Jain|
|Net Worth||Not Known|
- Raj Kapoor was born in a Pathan Hindu family.
- He won 11 Filmfare awards and 3 national awards. Raj also got Padma Bhushan Award from Government of India.
- His father Prithviraj Kapoor came to Bombay in 1930 and did stage performances to start a career as an actor. He and a group of 80 other persons used to travel different places across India for stage shows.
- His super hit movies are Awaara (1951), Anhonee (1952), Aah (1953), Shree 420 (1955), Jagte Raho (1956), Chori Chori (1956), Anari (1959), Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Chhalia (1960) and Dil Hi To Hai (1963).
- He started his career as a clap boy for a famous Hindi movie director Kidar Sharma.
- His brother Devi died in 1931 due to pneumonia and Nandi died in 1931 due to the swallowing of poison (rat pills) strewn in the garden.
- Raj Kapoor wanted to become a music director in Initial days of his career.
- In 1948, at the age of Twenty-Four, Raj started RK Films and became a film director with the movie Aag.
- He is married to Krishna Who is the daughter of Prithviraj Kapoor’s maternal uncle.
- After marriage, when Nargis with her husband Sunil Datt met Krishna in a party, Nargis said sorry to Krishna for her past relationships with Raj Kapoor.
- According to his wife, He used to drink daily.
- His son Rishi Kapoor revealed Raj’s affairs with different actresses in his autobiography ‘Khullam Khulla.’
- His first son Randhir is married to actress Babita and the second one Rishi is married to actress Neetu Singh. Famous Bollywood stars Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor are his granddaughters (daughters of Randhir Kapoor and Babita). The prominent actor Ranbir is his grandson (son of Rishi and Neetu Singh).
- His daughter Ritu Nanda’s son Nikhil Nanda got married to Shweta who is the daughter of famous actor Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan.
- He had a very good relationship with Dilip Kumar and even led his baraat (marriage procession) along with his father Prithviraj and famous actor Dev Anand.
- Other than India he is also famous in different countries such as China, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Turkey, The Soviet Union and many other parts of the world.
- A scene of the movie ‘Bobby,’ in which Rishi Kapoor meets Dimple Kapadia in her house was inspired by the real-life meeting of Raj and actress Nargis.
- He worked with music director Shankar-Jaikishan in almost 20 films.
- At the Cannes Film Festival in France for the grand prize of ‘Palme d’Or’ he was chosen a nominee two times for his movies Awaara and Boot Polish.
- His first colored film was Sangam (1964).
- He became a member of the jury at the fourth Moscow International Film Festival in 1965.
- His films Around the World (1966) and Sapnon Ka Saudagar (1968) were box office flops.
- ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970) was the movie that he directed, produced as well as starred in. But, it was proved a disaster at the box office and put him in the financial crises. Later, it got successful as a classic cult.
- In 1971, he produced the movie ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal,’ in which he worked himself with his father Prithviraj Kapoor, his son Randhir and actress Babita.
- His movie ‘Mera Naam Joker’ is one of the best iconic films of India and it is the first Hindi movie which is four and a half hours long with two intervals. It was also the debut film of his son Rishi Kapoor.
- During the making of Satyam Shivam Sundaram, when Raj Kapoor was searching for a suitable actress; then Zeenat Aman reached his office in the dress of a village girl, and he selected her immediately after getting impressed by her dedication.
- In 1987, when he was invited to receive the ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’ at the Sirifort Auditorium, he agreed to go there in spite of his bad health and when his name was announced to get the honour, he felt a strong chest pain, seeing this, R. Venkataraman (former Indian President) walked down the stage for him. His condition got worse and he had to be rushed to the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) immediately.
- When he was suffering from bad health, his friend and director Hrishikesh Mukherjee made the movie ‘Anand’ in his honour.
- After a month of struggling for life on an artificial respiratory system, at the age of 63, he passed away due to multiple organ failures and cardiac arrest.
- During the time of his bad health, he was making the movie ‘Henna,’ which was completed by his sons Rishi and Randhir after his death.
- On 14 December 2001, Indian Postal Services released a stamp in his honour.
- He won the title “Best Director of the MillenniumIn March 2012, his brass statue was placed at Walk of the Stars at Bandra Bandstand, Mumbai. ” by Stardust Awards.
- His movies Shree 420, Aag, and Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai have patriotic themes and his famous song ‘Mera joota hai Japani’ gives the feeling of patriotism and is so popular that it is still featured in many films.
- He gave a career break to the actresses Dimple Kapadia, Mandakini, Nimmi and also his sons Rishi, Randhir, and Rajiv.
- He explained the unrevealed facts about his films in an interview.
|Paapi||1953||Yes||Raju / Swami Satyananand|
|Boot Polish||1954||Yes||Yes||Man asleep on train|
|Shree 420||1955||Yes||Yes||Director||Ranbir Raj/Raj Kumar of Pipli|
|Chori Chori||1956||Yes||Sagar/Sultana Daku|
|Sharada||1957||Yes||Chiranjeev / Shekhar|
|Ab Dilli Dur Nahin||1957||Yes||None|
|Phir Subah Hogi||1958||Yes||Ram Babu|
|Parvarish||1958||Yes||Raja J. Singh|
|Main Nashe Mein Hoon||1959||Yes||Ram Das Khanna|
|Do Ustad (1959)||1959||Yes||Raj Kumar(Rajan)/Himself|
|Char Dil Char Rahen||1959||Yes||Govinda|
|Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai||1960||Yes||Yes||Raju|
|Ek Dil Sau Afsane||1963||Yes||Shekhar|
|Dil Hi To Hai||1963||Yes||Yusuf/Chand/Khan Sahib|
|Sangam||1964||Yes||Yes||Director, editor||Sundar Khanna|
|Dulha Dulhan||1964||Yes||Raj Kumar|
|Around the World||1967||Yes||Raj Singh|
|Sapno Ka Saudagar||1968||Yes||Raj Kumar|
|Mera Naam Joker||1970||Yes||Yes||director, editor||Raju (Joker)|
|Kal Aaj Aur Kal||1971||Yes||Yes||Ram Kapoor|
|Mera Desh Mera Dharam||1973||Yes|
|Do Jasoos||1975||Yes||Dharamchand Jasoos|
|Dharam Karam||1975||Yes||Yes||Ashok Kumar|
|Khaan Dost||1976||Yes||Ramdin Pandey|
|Chandi Sona||1977||Yes||Gypsy singer|
|Satyam Shivam Sundaram||1978||Yes||Director, Narrator, editor||None|
|Biwi O Biwi||1981||Yes||None|
|Gopichand Jasoos||1982||Yes||Gopichand Jasoos|
|Vakil Babu||1982||Yes||Advocate Mathur|
|Prem Rog||1982||Yes||Director, editor||None|
|Ram Teri Ganga Maili||1985||Yes||Director, editor, writer||None|