Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Raj Kapoor's classics will soon be back on television after a gap of three years on Zee Cinema. And who could be more joyed by the development than his son Randhir Kapoor. He is glad that the Kapoors have been getting the affection of the audience, generation after generation, not only in India, but also in Russia . "This is absolutely the right time to get his films on television. Our youth will get to know what kind of movies Raj Kapoor used to make," he says enthusiastically.
Randhir fondly recalls an incident that is still fresh in his mind. "During a visit to Russia, we three brothers were greeted at the airport by 200 children, flaunting fake moustaches and caps like Raj Kapoor. Then there was this lady who mistook me for my father since I resemble him a lot. She went on talking to me. Others had to convince her that I was the son and not the man with whom she had clicked a picture in 1954. She then insisted that we brothers pose with her for pictures." The former actor has many more memories and touching tales of how the pioneer of Indian cinema rules the hearts of millions of people around the world.
About today's cinema, Randhir is very optimistic. "These days, corporates are also investing in the film industry. This has brought in more money. Single-screen theatres are being replaced by multiplexes in cities. Ticket prices have rocketed from Rs 40 to Rs 150. Indian cinema today also has the variety it lacked in the yesteryear. It's not necessary anymore that the hero of the film has to be Rama, it can also be Ravana. All these are positive changes," he elaborated.
So isn't the time right for the RK banner to revive again? Randhir assures that the possibility is ripe. "We will surely come back in the market, but that has time. As of now, we are just making all our movies digital, so that the picture quality improves and attracts more audience to multiplexes," he says.
After Karishma and Kareena, another Kapoor scion, Ranvir, will soon make an entry into filmdom and Randhir is quite happy about it. Like the rest of the family, Randhir expects nephew Ranvir also to get the same affection from the masses. After all, the legacy must be carried on.