When someone mention Bollywood's royalty, the first family that comes to our mind is the Kapoor Khandaan. Spanning over eight decades and four generations, this family has dedicated their lives to showbiz. Each generation has given us gems which are unique and never lacking in talent. And we are not just talking about acting, the Kapoor family has also given us some great film makers whose movies are considered among the classics.
Recently in a Koffee with Karan episode, Ranbir Kapoor expressed his desire to direct a movie, a trait which he shares with his namesake Ranbir Raj Kapoor, popularly known as Raj Kapoor.
Raj Kapoor is hailed as the original showman of Bollywood. His popularity did not just extend to the corners of our country but was spread worldwide. For his contribution to cinema, he won two National Awards and has also been honored with the Padma Bhushan. If you are under the misconception, that this family had it easy, you should know that each of these people have started small and paved their way up. Raj Kapoor started working as a clap boy and rose to the legendary status he eventually did. If you are a true movie buff, here are seven Raj Kapoor movies you should not miss.
This was Raj Kapoor's first color movie and started the trend of shooting songs in foreign locations. At about 238 minutes, it might seem a lengthy watch but believe us, it's worth it.
There are hits and there are super-duper hits, which stay in the minds of people though the years. This is one of the latter with people in the Soviet still associating Bollywood with this movie.
Aag marked the debut of two important things in Bollywood history. It was the first movie under R.K. banner and it was also the first time Raj Kapoor and Nargis appeared together and till today they are considered as one of the most romantic onscreen couples.
This movie bordered on the thin line between commercial cinema and art house cinema. It was also Basu Bhattacharya's debut movie as a director.
Mera Naam Joker
This is one those movies, which was not much appreciated at the time of the release but has now achieved cult status. It took Raj Kapoor six years to make the movie and it is also the movie in which Rishi Kapoor made his first appearance.
That silhouette, which adorns the R.K. logo is one of the iconic scenes from this movie. If you are looking for a simple story with great music, this should be on your list.
Have you seen all these Raj Kapoor classics? Give yourself a pat on your back if you have and go watch them if you haven't. Actually, watch them again even if you have.