Remembering Raj Kapoor, the ultimate Showman of Indian cinema, on his 93rd birth anniversary today.
Ranbir Raj Kapoor (14 December 1924–2 June 1988), also known as “the greatest showman of Hindi cinema”, was a noted Indian film actor, producer, and director of Hindi cinema. Born at Kapoor Haveli in Peshawar to actor Prithviraj Kapoor–he was a prominent member of the Kapoor family–that produced several celebrated Bollywood superstars.
Kapoor is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors and filmmakers in the history of Hindi cinema. He was the winner of several 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 honored 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.