Raj Kapoor, the greatest showman of Indian cinema – Rajesh Thakur’s Tune India Radio Classic Show
Here’s Rajesh Thakur talking about Life Journey of Raj Kapoor on his Tune India Radio’s classic show.
Raj Kapoor (14 December 1924 – 2 June 1988) was an Indian film actor, producer and director of Indian cinema. Born at Kapoor Haveli in Peshawar to actor Prithviraj Kapoor– he was a member of the Kapoor family which produced several Bollywood superstars.
Kapoor is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors and filmmakers in the history of cinema and known as “the greatest showman of Hindi cinema”. He received multiple accolades, including 3 National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards in India. The Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award is named after Raj Kapoor. He was a two-time nominee for the Palme d’Or grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his films Awaara (1951) and Boot Polish (1954). His performance in Awaara was ranked as one of the top ten greatest performances of all time by Time magazine. His films attracted worldwide audiences, particularly in Asia and Europe. He was called “the Clark Gable of the Indian film industry”.
The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1971 for his contributions to the arts. India’s highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was bestowed on him in 1987 by the Government of India.