It’s Raj Kapoor’s 94th birth anniversary. Ranbir Kapoor’s grandfather was not just one of the most respected Bollywood actors, but also a visionary filmmaker who was way ahead of his times. Despite being the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, he started his career as a clap boy under director Kidar Sharma. In his 50-year long career as an actor-filmmaker, Raj Kapoor made movies that touched the lives of the common man in India.
As a passionate filmmaker who believed in the power of stories, Raj Kapoor even invested his personal fortunes in to filmmaking and sometimes even incurred losses because of this. One such example was Mera Naam Joker. His onscreen association with actresses like Nargis, Nutan, Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rahman was magical.
Today, on Raj Kapoor’s birth anniversary, we have a suggestion for his grandson Ranbir Kapoor who is also now a producer. Here are 7 RK movies that deserve a re-telling and maybe Ranbir can cast himself in them…
Mera Naam Joker: As stated earlier, this was one of Raj Kapoor’s most ambitious projects. The actor invested more than just his times and energy. While today the film is perceived as classic, at the time of its release Mera Naam Joker failed to impress the Indian audience, yet fared very well abroad. We bet Ranbir being an artist who’s also an invested producer understands the feeling too well. After all, very early on in his career RK Jr had a movie like Jagga Jasoos. We hope that someday, Ranbir too will attempt a remake of Mera Naam Joker.
Sangam: A movie that handled the tricky changed equation between three childhood friends would definitely make for great watch even today. At the time of its release, Sangam was widely discussed for its foreign locales and of course the colour print not to mention the three hour plus run time that requires two intervals. Karan Johar attempted to showcase complicated relationship in Ranbir starrer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the way Raj Kapoor handled relationships was even more nuanced and delicate. And we bet many stars would be willing to give an arm or a leg to be a part of this remake.
Jagte Raho: This was a film with a unique feature, where the leading man had no dialogues except one word towards the climax of the film. At the time, this movie took on the rich who indulged in wrong practices.
Awaara: This film featured the iconic Jodi of Raj Kapoor and Nargis. The movie had an interesting plot where the protagonist after committing a murder because of his past again comes face-to-face another aspect of his life.
Shree 420: A movie of a man, who loses little that he has on coming to a big city to realise his dreams. However, even in such adversity he finds a woman who takes care of him and the relationship that develops between the two.
Anari: This Raj Kapoor and Nutan starrer Hrishikesh Mukherji movie won a President’s Silver Medal. The film revolved around an honest man working in the medicine industry and Raj Kapoor and Nutan won the audience with their act.
Bobby: This 1973 film marked Dimple Kapadia’ debut in Bollywood and Rishi Kapoor’s first as a leading man. While we know that Ranbir will be too old to cast himself in this movie. May be, the actor can launch his nephew, Kareena Kapoor’s son Taimur with another newcomer in Bobby remake about two decades later. We bet Tim fans will go bonkers on just thinking about seeing their favourite star kid on big screen. And yes, Ranbir can wear the director’s hat in this one.
This list does not include Sangam, Andaz and other hits of the actor. However, you could put your list in the comments section. And yes, Rishi Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Ranbir Kapoor also owe a lot to their grandfather, including some credit for their successful Bollywood careers.