Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan, Iske Siva Jahan Kahan…
Raj Kapoor, who is known as ‘the greatest showman of Hindi cinema’ can never be forgotten. His contribution to the world of cinema is unparalleled.
Born on Dec 14, 1924, he started his career at an early age of 24 and then went on to make masterpieces.
Today, on his birth anniversary, we revisit some of the unforgettable roles played by him.
1. Awaara in the film Awaara (1951):
Many say that the character of Raj Kapoor was based on the character of Charlie Chaplin. He plays an innocent, poor man whose life undergoes a 360 degree change when he meets the love of his life, Rita – the character played by Nargis.
2. Raju in Mera Naam Joker (1970):
The character of Raju – that brought tears in the eyes of almost every person is a joker who makes everyone laugh but suffers a heartbreak three times in love. This beautiful film, with amazing music is a classic.
3. Hiraman in Teesri Kasam (1966):
Hiraman is a naive bullock-cart driver falls for a beautiful courtesan, who then has to leave in the end. The character of Hiraman is based on the character of a villager who is rustic, while the love of his love is the very opposite of it. The music of this film is also a masterpiece.
4. Ranbir Raj in Shree 420 (1955):
Ranbir Raj in Shree 420 is the story of a man full of dreams who comes to Mumbai to accomplish them. The 420 in the title of the film means Section ‘420’ in the Indian Penal Code (offence of fraud). One iconic song of Shree 420 is ‘Pyaar Hua Ikrar Hua’ with Nargis and Raj Kapoor singing it under one umbrella in the pouring rain.
5. Sundar Khanna in Sangam (1964):
A love triangle where Sundar Khanna falls in love with a girl whose parents reject him due to his poverty. He enrolls in the Air Force and comes back home and gets married to his lady love. His character portrays love, suspicion, jealousy and anger. – something most can connect with. His performance in the film is remembered even today.
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