About   :   Wallpapers   
8883 films, 16619 profiles, and counting

  • films
  • people
  • blogs
FOLLOW US ON
Twitter  Facebook

 contents
Photos

Upperstall Profile

User Comments


Memorable films

Raj Kapoor

 

Upperstall profile by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan

Raj Kapoor is many things to many people: producer, director, actor, editor, musician, story-teller, a man of many moods. There could be endless debates about his exact contribution to the art and aesthetics of cinema, but few can deny that he was the greatest entertainer ever known to Indian films - the great showman.

Ranbir Raj Kapoor was the son of Prithviraj Kapoor the head of India's greatest and largest film family. Born on December 14, 1924 in Peshawar, he was crazy about acting right from childhood, even staging plays at home and working as a child actor in Inquilab (1935)! He then started work as general factotum for Bombay Talkies, even doing a bit role in the Devika Rani starrer, Hamari Baat (1943). He worked in his father's Prithvi Theatres, did the role of Narad in Valmiki (1946) and also assisted director Kidar Sharma. Here he was made to sweep floors and be the clapper boy but Sharma noticed the young man's determination to make it and gave him his break a lead actor in 1947 with Neel Kamal opposite Madhubala. And he was on his way.

The following year at the age of 23, Raj Kapoor made his directorial debut with Aag, the first film under the RK banner. Aag was an interesting film in that it challenged traditionally established conventions of sympathetic characters and straightforward storytelling. It was also the first of his many films with Nargis, the two of them going on to become the leading pair of Hindi Films right through till 1956. Aag was also the first of many of Raj's films to explore duality looking at at physical beauty v/s Inner beauty (a theme revisited in Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)). Among his other films, Barsaat (1949) looked at love v/s lust, Awaara at heridity v/s environment, Mera Naam Joker (1970) at public life v/s private life etc.

Mehboob's Andaz (1949), one of the finest love triangles on the Hindi screen, made Raj a top star and in the same year it was the passionate romance Barsaat, which really reckoned Raj Kapoor as a director of much merit. Barsaat, a runaway hit, also brought to the limelight new music directors Shankar - Jaikishen, lyricists Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri and the actress Nimmi. The raw passion between Raj Kapoor and Nargis in Barsaat shot with a beautiful almost poetic use of light and shade drove audiences wild. The music of the film was hummed across the nation and along with Andaz and Mahal that year, the songs were instrumental in Lata Mangeshkar's climb to the top as a playback singer. In fact Raj Kapoor's musical sense and feel for rhythm and involvement in music sittings have ensured the highest quality of music in all his films.

The 1950s saw Raj Kapoor's greatest work as a Producer-Director besides establishing himself as one of India's biggest ever film stars along with Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar - the Trimurthi of Hindi cinema!

Awaara (1951), the tale of a vagabond that argued for environment shaping the man as against heridity was perhaps his greatest ever triumph and was even released in Russia as Bradyaga to unprecedented success. It's dream sequence with huge statues set amongst the clouds, choreographed by Madame Simki with Nargis dancing to the strains of Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi, stands out even today as one of the most iconic sequences of Indian cinema! With Awaara, Raj Kapoor also created the Chaplinisque tramp, an allegory for the innocent state of mind of the post Independent Indian. This image was used once againto telling effect in Shree 420 (1955) tracing the corruption of an innocent and simple man who comes to the city to make his living. In fact. many of Raj's other films look at the naive simple hero used by a cruel and corrupt society like Anari (1959).

Meanwhile, he had got involved with Nargis as the two of them worked together in a series of films post Awaara. But after their break-up (their last film together was Chori Chori (1956) though she did do a cameo in Jagte Raho (1956)), while Raj Kapoor continued to explore social issues - Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960) or complex human relationships - Sangam (1964) there is a marked difference in his treatment of the heroine who became a sex object with a high accent on her physical attributes!

After ruling the 1950s and the earlier part of the 1960s, his films like Teesri Kasam (1966), Diwana (1967) and Sapnon ka Saudagar (1968) flopped at the box-office. Kapoor came out with his magnum opus Mera Naam Joker (1970) about a clown who laughs on the outside and entertains people but has to deal with heartbreaks in his real life. Reverting back to Kapoor's Chaplinisque image and though absolutely brilliant in parts (particularly the first chapter of the adolescent hero discovering love and sex) the film, a highly self indulgent exercise flopped miserably at the box office shattering him.

However, Raj bounced back with Bobby (1973) a teenage romance of young lovers fighting parental opposition that is aped by Hindi cinema till today. Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) examining Physical Beauty v/s Inner Beauty was a misfire but Prem Rog (1982) based on widow re-marriage and his swan song Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) about innocence being sullied were critical and commercial successes. In the latter film, the female protagonist is a metaphor for the river Ganga - once pure but now sullied by dirt and corruption.

A much awarded actor (Filmfare Best Actor for Anari and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai) and director (Filmfare Best Director for Sangam, Mera Naam Joker, Prem Rog and Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Raj Kapoor was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema in 1988 but by then it was obvious he was seriously ill, sufferring from complications releated to asthma and on his last legs. Though he attended the function, it was clear that he was unable to make it up to the stage on his own. In a gesture of genuine respect, the President of India, R Venkataraman, himself came down from the stage and gallantly bestowed Raj Kapoor with the honour.

Raj Kapoor passed away on June 2, 1988. At the time of his death Raj Kapoor was making Heena, a love story breaking the barriers of the Indo-Pak border, which was subsequently completed by his eldest son Randhir.

On the personal front, Raj Kapoor was married to Krishna, sister of actors Premnath, Rajendranath and Narendranath. His sons Randhir, Rishi and Rajeev Kapoor have all been actors with Rishi having the most successful career amongst them. All three have also directed films for the RK banner with mixed results. Randhir's daughters, Karisma and Kareena, and Rishi's son, Ranbir, have kept the Kapoor banner flying high in the current generation.


Added 15 days ago.
cimeeataz says:
But the discussion ugg factory outlet wasn't restricted to Earth.According to Information Week reporter Paul McDougall, Cerf chatted with reporters during a Q about the need for an "Interplanetary Internet," and how the system ugg boots cheap might be envisaged. "We need a set of protocols that work on interplanetary distances, TCP/IP does not," Cerf is quoted ugg boots outlet as saying after his keynote speech at the event being held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas this week.Both IVI solutions Discount ugg boots are based on OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project so we been making great progress in line with what Mark indicated in his interview. Some breaking news is we now have targets booting using combined code. This all bodes well for our customers who will benefit from the combined investments both companies have made in different middle ware layers and optimizations for specific hardware platforms.


Added 12 days ago.
houcbaico says:
The idea of joining online communities and being able Cheap Uggs boots to participate in them is not going to disappear.4% in net sales.EMU boots started their climb to prominence in the United States in 1994."It is not the practice of the police department to share sensitive information.Je persiste penser que la responsabilit des journalistes est trop grande pour qu'ils ne Cheap Uggs boots cherchent pas faire leur mtier avec le plus grand srieux.It will feature outdoors activities, like a 10K bike race, a 5K Cheap Uggs run, cheap uggs women as well as a 1 and 3K fun walk.The City Council voted 4 3 Monday to reject the annexation of land off Highway 751, which would have allowed developers of new retail space and apartments access to city services live water, sewer and police.


Added 9 days ago.
cadmcrmrshu says:
Les bactéries peuvent facilement attacher à yo

Mais le sac se démarquent en raison de sa couleur inhabituelle et a complété son sexy Louboutin heels.This on inclut un thème nautique même, en raison de la façon dont son conçu avec stripes.Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity scintillantes Sacs à bandoulière , $ 795 et $ 995 par Neiman Marcus.You'll besoin de chaussures spéciales concernant Christian Louboutin Pas Cher vos activités sportives et l'exercice physique pour aussi: Confort et également facilité jouer activement un sport indique un grand nombre de corps movement.When vous visitez un site web commercial comme www.kaufrechnung.com, vous êtes prêt à faire votre achat effectué quickly.Doing cela pourrait les rendre plus enthousiaste sur eux-mêmes fitness. Beaucoup de gens abandonnent un régime programme quand ils ne voient pas des résultats instantanés. Échelles fluctuent, alors essayez de voir vos progrès par d'autres moyens.

Ils ont cependant devenu chose commune donc apporté une mode dans le monde entier. C'est parce qu'ils sont très répandus dans le monde entier peut être de nouvelles activités de colonisation et d'investissement dans les différents pays. Ils portent avec eux l'habitude et de la coutume de leurs modes de chambre et les habitants aussi voudrait imiter that.If vous serez achetez ces chaussures rapidement, les variables suivantes sont à penser * Mise en page. baskets mocassins ont généralement une semelle souple. En outre, ils ont un fond plat de la semelle extérieure pour plus de confort. Même si, certaines personnes peuvent encore choisir de ne pas les utiliser pour un certain nombre de raisons. Parmi les motifs comprennent des facteurs tels que la quantité de chaleur qu'ils génèrent en cas d'utilisation. Cela pourrait rendre les individus très mal à l'aise.

S'assurer absolument qu'il y ait un jour pour les fois où vous êtes dispensé de fonction en tant que bien. C'est un élément essentiel de notes de justification qui doivent souvent être là -Identifier de la personne Vu Votre identifier besoin d'être aussi sur le faux médecin note pour les faire rechercher les bugs real.Bed:. Votre douteuse enemiesBefore vous allez à votre lit en ayant l'intention de prendre plaisir à un sommeil agréable après l'effort tout au long de la journée, regarder d'autres endroits autour de vous, car vous pourriez être sur la bonne Christian Loubout voie de quelqu'un qui n'est pas visible, mais a envie de vous déranger pendant toute la nuit et de priver de sommeil agréable. Ces ennemis ne sont pas présents limité à votre maison, mais peuvent être présents dans votre véhicule, à votre chaise de bureau, parfois dans vos vêtements, en fait, à chaque endroit où vous allez.
Les bactéries peuvent facilement
joindre à vos chaussures en vous promenant dans le jardin humide et transféré d'une usine à. Au lieu de cela, attendre que le sol est sec pour entrer dans votre jardin. ? (Aimez-vous le jardinage biologique et, pire encore, ils ne font rien pour b style = 'color: blackbackground-color: # 99ff99'\u003e d'améliorer votre rythme de football Quel est le problème avec cône Perceuses? exercices de cône sont en fait minime parce que d'une seule question principale: les joueurs de football en cours d'exécution à travers les cônes ne sont pas Chaussures Christian Louboutin solide suffisante pour créer la quantité appropriée de la pression pour être vraiment agile.Enthusiasm est quelque chose que les Christian Louboutin Homme gens sont attirés dans le long terme. objectifs de jeu que vous voulez atteindre tous les jours. Vous ne pouvez pas faire Christian Louboutin Femme tout d'eux, mais quand vous fixer des objectifs raisonnables, vous êtes plus susceptible de faire plus.


Added 4 days ago.
carteyrozix says:
'Vous voulez nous aider? Pendant de nombreuses années, il est toujours en termes de fournir une auto-décharge psi aristocratique palais du monde, monsieur aristocratique

'veulent aider? Pendant de nombreuses années, il a toujours été le rêve de fournir un exil auto-imposé pour palais aristocratique du monde, monsieur aristocratique de voyager cet incident à souffrir pour la cause d'un plus élégant Deuxième choix, plus noble de l'objectif principal de JS Les produits sont divisés en cinq catégories: les classes Porte Monnaie Longchamp Femme quotidiennes de style 1Life principalement basée oblique sac à dos, porte-monnaie et mini type petit sac à dos, pas phare bien 2 Campus classes du campus de JS pour les élèves du secondaire aimaient généralement, la plupart du temps sac à dos et trolley classe de produits représentatifs
ont séries de couleur Essence, Beamer série vagues de Man, Trinity Trinity etc 0,4 milliards de dollars australiens (environ RMB 29 une dame a déclaré aux journalistes que l'incident tenait son petit-fils errant dans la rue et tout à coup un homme Elle a couru vers, pourchassé et un plan à ses gardes de sécurité. ainsi cette conception asymétrique apparemment simple des deux côtés de la poche. avait l'air assez frais, ambiance assez animée vacances et concentrée. tard soigneusement étudier un peu locale
conditions de la route et des cartes, trouver il suffit de suivre le numéro de la maison pour chercher, il sera beaucoup plus facile le plus grand centre en ligne, processus d'achat en ligne - Baidu _ mobile Porte Monnaie Longchamp enveloppait _ ère du shopping en ligne S'il vous plaît noter que certaines des processus d'achat en ligne répond: ère de magasinage en ligne s'il vous plaît montre un processus de magasinage en ligne un
peu mieux que le fil B-classe texture, le cuir et la couture en général, l'emballage est également légèrement meilleur que le B biens femmes choisissent généralement plus stable après un peu de .80, le type élégant de sac; 90 petites filles . préfèrent les surfaces fleur médiocre, a un sac nouveauté de Porte Monnaie Longchamp Pas Cher motif étrange l'Europe Réservez hôtels doivent souvent payer immédiatement par carte de crédit, si il ya un changement en cas de Voyage temporaire, de l'argent gaspillé comme; fait aswell même, dans askvt. prendre les mesures avant, j'ai besoin de la liste des motifs de l'opposition. qu'ils sont fabriqués à Shanghai Sac Longchamp nommé la nouvelle série de Mary Ching de chaussures haut de gamme, la femme dit, mais il me fait penser à une paire de chaussures Bond girl dans le froid Espagne, Italie, bibliothèque ou venteux couvent espionnage.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Recent
Haider
To me, Vishal Bhardwaj's efforts with adapting Shakespeare are a mixed bag. While he succeeded wonderfully with
Madras
On one side, Madras has a lot going for it - a gritty, realistic setting of a lower middle class housing colony...
Daawat-e-Ishq
Daawat-e-Ishq is easily one of the weakest offerings to come out from Yash Raj films, a shallow romcom with som...
Finding Fanny
Quirky characters - Check. Charming sleepy town setting - Check. Color palette - Check. Engag...
Mary Kom
Mary Kom is a real-life hero. The kind of anomaly and a success story that dreams are made of. A woman from a small vill...
Mardaani
Addressing the subject of child trafficking and sexual exploitation, Mardaani succeeds to quite a length. Howev...
Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan is regarded as the greatest actor ever in the history of Tamil cinema. Along with M...
Noor Jehan
Noor Jehan was the biggest singing star of them all - the diva of Bollywood in the 1940s till Inde...
Waheeda Rehman
Waheeda Rehman was the embodiment of classic beauty with a truly transcendental appeal and also on...