The original “Showman” of the industry, Raj Kapoor was one of the most loved and revered personalities of Hindi cinema. He is one of the few key contributors who shaped Indian cinema into what it is today. An Actor, Producer and Director, Raj Kapoor belonged to the second generation of Bollywood’s first family and had built a legacy of quality cinema that can never be forgotten. To mark his 92nd Birth Anniversary today, let’s look at 5 of Raj Kapoor’s iconic movies that every Bollywood buff must see at least once in their lifetime.
1. Awaraa (1951)
As a lead actor, this was the first movie of Raj Kapoor after he shared the screen with Dilip Kumar in Andaaz. And his performance in this film was ranked as one of the top ten greatest performances of all time by Time magazine. Not just his performance. The film is also remembered for its universal theme. The film was about class struggle and Raj Kapoor played the role of a victim in it.
2. Shree 420 (1955)
Who can forget the famous song “Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua Hai…” from the movie Shree 420. Starring the hit pair of Raj Kapoor and Nargis, the film is considered as one of the most romantic movies in Indian cinema. His tramp-like look in the film was so loved by the audiences that he was fondly called the “Charlie Chaplin” of Bollywood.
3. Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hain (1960)
Raj Kapoor’s role as an ideal son of Mother Ganga is still remembered and appreciated by movie buffs. This film is known for its brilliant locations, cinematography, music and choreography.
4. Sangam (1964)
This was the first colored film of Raj Kapoor. And it was also the first film of Bollywood with two intervals. With actual outdoor locations such as Venice, Switzerland and many more, Sangam was a landmark movie in the history of Indian cinema. With a storyline which won millions of hearts, it is considered as one of Bollywood’s classics.
5. Mera Naam Joker (1970)
This was the dream movie of Raj Kapoor, which took him 6 years to complete. He made sure he could do any and everything to bring it closer to Hollywood standards. Though the movie failed to attain commercial success at the box office, it is still remembered as a cult classic movie from Raj Kapoor.
The Govt. of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan in 1971 for his contributions to the field of arts. He was also bestowed with India’s Highest Award in cinema, Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1978.