- Realty major Godrej Properties Ltd bought the RK Studio
- They plan to now convert it into a modern residential apartment complex
- It was the shooting venue for some classics of RK Films
The show will no longer go on at the iconic 71-year-old RK Studio. It will now make way for a swank residential complex-cum-shopping plaza through its new owner, realty major Godrej Properties Ltd., an official said here on Friday. The GPL has purchased the 2.20 acres (roughly, 100,000 sq. feet) RK Studio premises in Chembur, north-east Mumbai -- founded in 1948 -- which were gutted in a major fire that engulfed it on September 16, 2017. GPL, which has inked the deal for an undisclosed amount with the Bollywood's Kapoor clan - plan to now convert it into a modern residential apartment complex and a luxury retail centre spread over a saleable area of around 350,000 sq. feet.
Leading realty players though point out that the current commercial property rates in and around Chembur are in the range of Rs 24,000-Rs 28,000 per sq. feet depending on the locality.
Executive Chairman of GPL, Pirojsha Godrej, said the deal fits with the company's strategy of deepening its presence in key locations across India's leading cities. "We will seek to ensure we celebrate the remarkable legacy of this site with the goal of delivering an outstanding lifestyle for its residents," Godrej said.
Bollywood actor Randhir Kapoor, son of the founder of RK Studio, the legendary Raj Kapoor, said: "This property in Chembur, has been of tremendous significance to my family over the many decades that RK Studio has operated from there. We are excited to have chosen GPL to script a new chapter for this location and build upon its rich history."
According to sources, work on the designs for the mega-project will start shortly and after obtaining the necessary approvals, the construction of the housing-cum-shopping complex could begin by early 2020.
Incidentally, the studio property sale deal comes barely eight months after late Raj Kapoor's wife Krishna Raj Kapoor died at the age of 87, on October 1, 2018.
Soon after the blaze, which also reduced to ashes precious memorabilia and costumes from the RK Films and Studio banner films over the past seven decades, the Kapoor family had expressed their inability to revive it or continue maintaining it.
The RK Studio was the shooting venue for some classics of RK Films like Aag (1948), Barsaat (1949), Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Jaagte Raho (1956), Anari (1959), Sangam (1964), Mera Naam Joker (1970), Bobby (1973), Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) and many more.
Raj Kapoor died in June 1988 after which some of his incomplete films like Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1989), Henna (1991) were also made here.
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