14 December 2014 :: Google is celebrating legendary Indian film actor Raj Kapoor’s 90th birthday with a doodle on its Home page. Rak Kapoor was Born on December 14, 1924, he is also known as “The Show Man” and was the winner of two National Film Awards and nine Filmfare Awards in India, and 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).
The doodle depicts Raj Kapoor’s most iconic role as Raj in Shree 420. In the background we also see actress Nargis and Raj Kapoor’s famous scene in Shree 420. The movie was released in 1955 and the song “Pyaar hua Ikraar hua” continues to be played till date.
Raj Kapoor :: Ranbir Raj Kapoor (14 December 1924 – 2 June 1988), also known as “The Show Man”, was a noted Indian film actor, producer and director of Hindi cinema. He was the winner of two National Film Awards and nine Filmfare Awards in India, and 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. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1971 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1987 for his contributions towards Indian cinema. He was called Clark Gable of the Indian film industry.
Raj Kapoor was born in Dhakki Munawwar Shah near Qissa Khwani in Peshawar, (then) India (modern day Pakistan) into a Pathan Hindu family to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Devi Kapoor. He was the eldest of six children in the family. He was the grandson of Dewan Basheshwarnath Kapoor and great-grandson of Dewan Keshavmal Kapoor, part of the famous Kapoor family. His brothers are actors Shashi Kapoor and the late Shammi Kapoor. He also had a sister named Urmila Sial. Two other siblings died in infancy. They later on moved from the Peshawar and Pathan area into the Punjab area for resident and for education. Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor have claimed to be ethnic Pathans on Indian television.
Raj Kapoor suffered from asthma in his later years; he died of complications related to asthma in 1988 at the age of 63. He collapsed at the event where he was to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, and was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS ) for treatment. He was hospitalised for about a month before he succumbed to complications arising from his asthma. At the time of his death, he was working on the movie Henna (an Indo-Pakistan based love story). The film was later completed by his sons Randhir and Rishi Kapoor and was released in 1991.In 1940.
Raj Kapoor married Krishna Kapoor, who was his relative (second cousins once removed), being the daughter of Raj Kapoor’s father’s maternal uncle. It was a match arranged by the family, and Krishna proved to be a wife and mother in the traditional mould, which is what the family wanted. Two of Krishna’s brothers, Rajendra Nath and Prem Nath, later became actors, and her sister Uma was married to the film villain Prem Chopra.
Three of Kapoor’s grandchildren are currently stars in the Bollywood film industry. His granddaughters are Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, the daughters of Raj’s son Randhir Kapoor and his wife Babita. His grandson Ranbir Kapoor is son of Rishi Kapoor and his wife Neetu Singh.