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Raj Kapoor

Feb 12, 1924 - Jun 02, 1988

 Raj Kapoor


  • Name : Raj Kapoor
  • Date of Birth : Feb 12, 1924
  • Passed Away On : Jun 02, 1988
  • Religion : Hindu
  • Death Place : New Delhi
  • Address : New Delhi
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Life Summary

    NAME: Raj Kapoor or Ranbir Raj Kapoor
    DATE OF BIRTH: 14 December 1924
    PASSED AWAY ON: 2 June 1988
    PLACE OF BIRTH: Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India (Presently in Pakistan)
    DEATH PLACE: New Delhi
    OCCUPATION: Actor, Director, Producer

    Raj Kapoor was a famous Bollywood actor and film maker. He was popularly called “Showman Of Bollywood”.
    One of the popular Hindi songs from one of his superhit movies was 
    “Jeena Yaha Marna Yaha, Iske Siwa Jana Kahan”. 
    The song is sung even today whenever Raj Kapoor is commemorated or remembered.


    Raj Kapoor was born in Peshawar (currently Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan). His father was himself a famous actor and bollywood personality Prithviraj Kapoor and mother was Ramsarni Devi Kapoor. He had 5 more siblings. 

    His brothers are Shashi Kapoor and Late Shammi Kapoor, both of them are famous Bollywood actors.

    His Education
    Raj Kapoor obtained his formal education from Colonel Brown Cambridge School present in Dehradun in the year 1930. Further, he did his graduation from St. Xavier’s Collegiate School.

    His Marriage
    Kapoor married his cousin Krishna Malhotra in the year 1946 in a traditional arranged marriage set-up. The father of bride was his father’s maternal uncle. Krishna’s brothers were popular film actors Prem Nath and Rajendra Nath. Also, her sister was married to actor and villain Prem Chopra. Kapoor’s wife did not join film industry as his family wanted her to be a devoted mother and take care of the family a condition she readily agreed with. 

    His Career
    He started his own studio named R.K. Studio at the age of 24 and started his career as a director with a movie titled ‘Aag’. He is also famous as Charlie Chaplin of India.

    Some of the famous films directed by him are:
    Aag (1948)
    Barsaat (1949)
    Awara (1951)
    Bobby (1973)
    Mera Naam Joker
    Prem Rog
    Ram Teri Ganga Maili
    Sangam (1964)
    Satyam Shivam Sundaram 
    Shree 420

    Some of his many popular films were 
    Barsat (1949) 
    Awaara (1951)
    Boot Polish (1954)
    Shree 420 (1955)
    Chori Chori (1956)
    Sangam (1964)
    Mera Naam Joker ( 1970)
    Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971)

    Raj Kapoor always promoted new talent and thus introdcuced many actresses that later on ruled the box office. Some of them were Dimple Kapadia, Mandakini, Nimmi, etc.

    Awards and Recognitions
    Kapoor received many awards during his lifetime. His major achievements are:
    3 National Awards
    11 Filmfare Awards
    He received Padma Bhushan by Government of India in the year 1971. 
    Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1987
    He was honoured with “Best Director of the Millennium” by Stardust Award in 2001
    He was also honoured with “Showman of the Millenium” by Star Screen Awards in 2002

    Raj Kapoor was an asthmatic patient and he succumbed to his disease in the year 1988 on June 2. He died at the age of 63. During an award event where he was about to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award he collapsed on the stage. He was rushed to AIIMS where his treatment continued for about a month but he could not survive.


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