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.
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.
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.
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.