raj kapoor 


Raj Kapoor a contemporary of directors like Guru Dutt, Satyajit RayRitwik Ghatak was the son the famous film actor of yester years, Prithiviraj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor began his film career as a clapper boy with Kidar Sharma. He got his first break in the film Inquilab at the age of 11. However, his first film as an actor in the lead role was Neel Kamal in 1947.

At the age of 24 he established his own studio,R.K. Films. He began his career as a film director with the film Aag in 1948. His other films as director were Barsaat, Awaara, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Shree 420, Bobby ,Ram Teri Ganga  Maili, Mera Nam Joker etc.

Mera Nam joker turned out to be an unsuccessful film, and then began a new phase in the type of films he made. He began to make films which dealt with sensuality and became great crowd pullers. He is often referred as the ‘Charlie – Chaplin’ of the Indian film industry for his tramp like personality portrayed in his films who always remained happy and cheerful.

RaJ Kapoor's films were made with Good doses of pseudorealistic aesthetics and it terms of their morals too it always sowed triumph of good over bad. Such pseudoreal political ideas were thus very common in olden days movies of India



Raj Kapoor never claimed to have made realistic movies. Yet his films had a profound impact on its viewers to whom they were more than real.

 In the later years of his life he suffered from serious illness and died in 1988 at the age of 63. He was the Dadasaheb Phalke award in1987 for his contribution to Indian film industry.

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Magic Real Art     Pseudoreal Art      Surreal Art

Film-making and pseudorealism      Films of Aparna Sen       Films of Satyajit Ray     Films of Mrinal Sen     Films of G Aravindan    Films of Guru Dutt    Films of Raj Kapoor    Films of Shyam Benegal

Magic Realist Literature         Pseudorealism and Indian Literature 

Pseudorealism and Global politicking


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Raj Kapoor Film Poster: Art outside Canvas

A Scene from a Raj Kapoor Film