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A tribute to Raj Kapoor in Paris

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Raj Kapoor is the quintessential showman of Bollywood. Belonging to the first family of Indian Cinema, he began his illustrious career as a clap boy. At the age of 24, he became the youngest film maker of his times. It has been a long journey since then traversing more than 40 years of ups and downs but never failing in spirit.

Poster RK Exhibition Paris

The exhibition M√Ęitres de Hindi Cin√©ma- Raj Kapoor traces this journey of the master showman, legendary actor, director and producer.


Raj Kapoor started his career as a clapper boy. His father Prithvi Raj Kapoor was a well known actor. However, not willing to stay under his father's shadow, Raj Kapoor started his own studios- RK Films- thus becoming the youngest film maker of his times. His first leading role was with Madhubala in the film Neel Kamal (1947).This was shortly before Aag (1948) the film he directed, produced and acted in, alongside Nargis- his leading lady in many subsequent ventures. Even though Aag failed to click at the box office, Raj Kapoor tasted commercial success soon after with a series of films- Andaz (1949), Barsaat (1949), Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1956) etc.

Sagam at RK Exhibition

 

These films not only established him as a successful actor and film maker, he also gained a screen image as a carefree tramp- somewhat reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin. He had a huge fan following in Russia, Middle-East and South-East Asian countries. Later in his career, he often made films starring his siblings- Sashi Kapoor in Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) or sons- Randhir Kapoor in Kal Aaj aur Kal (1971); Rishi Kapoor in Mera Naam Joker (1970), Bobby (1974),Prem Rog (1982) and Rajeev Kapoor in Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985). Heena was supposed to be his swan song but could not be completed due to his untimely death. It was later completed by his son Randhir Kapoor. 

 


Sally and François Picard
, the enthusiastic French couple, who last year brought out the retrospective exhibition on Guru Dutt, have painstakingly prepared this exhibition. Over a period of one year, they have collected the available information, posters, memorabilia- photos, vinyl covers, movie leaflefts, newspaper articles etc. in addition to meeting the Kapoor family and doing research alongside Nasreen Munni Kabir- an Indian director, producer and authority on Bollywood in her own right.


The exhibition is a real treasure trove for any Bollywood fan or an amateur seeking to deepen his understanding of the Hindi Cinema. Original poster art and photos are sure to make one feel nostalgic about a time gone by where digital world was not yet born.

 

This is also a chance for enthusiasts to buy original memorabilia collected by the Picards from all over their between Bollywood and Paris. RK Films Awaara (1951) and Boot Polish (1954) were nominated for Palme d'Or at Cannes. 

 

PremRog Poster at RK Exhibition Paris

 

PremRog Poster at RK Exhibition Paris

      

MA√éTRES DU CIN√ČMA HINDI- RAJ KAPOOR

October 10th-25th, 2009

Everyday at Cinema hours

Entrance free

 

Galerie du cinéma Accattone,

20 rue Cujas, 75005 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 33 86 86

Metro: Maubert-Mutualité/ Cluny la Sorbonne (Line 10)

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