Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor

Updated: December 14, 2011 11:06 IST

Hindi cinema's original “Showman” the late Raj Kapoor, continues to be an inspiration for many filmmakers. On his 87th birth anniversary, out of his many masterpieces, we present to you ten of his landmark films.

Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Hindi cinema's original “Showman” the late Raj Kapoor, continues to be an inspiration for many filmmakers. On his 87th birth anniversary, out of his many masterpieces, we present to you ten of his landmark films.
Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Aag (1948): Raj Kapoor started his career as a clapper boy but bagged his first film role at the age of 11. In 1948, he set up his own studio and made his first film, Aag. The film marked the debut of Raj Kapoor as producer and director and was the first film produced under the RK Banner. Aag was also the first film in which Raj Kapoor and Nargis acted together.
Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Barsaat (1949): Raj Kapoor was only 25 when his directorial venture Barsaat won him recognition. It was one of the first major superhit films directed by him.
Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Awara (1951): The actor-director's next venture Awara was a fascinating movie about a man caught in the centre of a nature-versus-nurture debate. The film not only did well in India, but was also hugely appreciated in South Asia, the then Soviet Union, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The title track Awara Hoon also became a chartbuster. Awara was also nominated for the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953.
Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Shree 420 (1955): Raj Kapoor effectively used the Chaplinesque character of Awaara in Shree 420, that tracks the journey of an innocent man coming to the big bad city to make his fortune. Shree 420 is also remembered for its songs, especially the love track Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua.
Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Chori Chori (1956): Raj Kapoor played the role of a journalist to perfection in this flick, which was inspired from the Hollywood movie It Happened One Night. Chori Chori brought more fame to Raj Kapoor's illustrious acting career. The movie was later remade as Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin by Mahesh Bhatt.
Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Anari (1959): Anari was the story of a young man, who refuses to compromise his moral values for either love or money. Nutan played the female lead in the movie. Raj Kapoor won the Filmfare Best Actor Award for this movie.
Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Sangam (1964): Directed by Raj Kapoor, Sangam, the love triangle starring Vyjayanthimala and Rajendra Kumar along with Raj Kapoor, was his first colour movie. The movie's thunderous success triggered off a trend amongst the Indian filmmakers to shoot abroad.
Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Bobby (1973): Raj Kapoor took the risk of making Bobby with two newcomers Dimple Kapadia and his son Rishi Kapoor. The movie, which introduced the genre of teenage romance in Bollywood, became a huge hit.
Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978): Even though Bobby's stellar success was not duplicated by Raj Kapoor's next venture Satyam Shivam Sundaram, but the director shifted his focus to female protagonists with this movie. The movie is remembered for its songs, cinematography and of course the leading lady Zeenat Aman's bold act.
Top 10 landmark films of Raj Kapoor
Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985): Ram Teri Ganga Maili was Raj Kapoor's last film as a director and it starred Rajiv Kapoor and Mandakini. The movie became a huge hit as did its songs.

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