New Delhi: The show man Raj Kapoor, founder of RK films and inspiration around which Bollywood finds its ground; was a die-hard romantic. The iconic RK Films logo says it all. A man with unkempt hair, taut body, holding a violin clutches a woman ached backwards. On his birth 91st birth anniversary today, let us tell you the epic love saga of Raj Kapoor and Nargis, one which can never be forgotten by the Indian cinema. R.K films was really a Nargis-Raj Kapoor banner. The showman had famously said that his wife was the mother of his children but Nargis was the mother of his movies. Raj Kapoor met Nargis when she was a star, a veteran of eight films in 1945. She was 20, Raj was 22 and new to the celluloid world. What started with �Aag�, the 1948 movie in which they were paired together for the first time grew deeper by the time Barsaat was released a year later. Nargis was totally committed to Raj Kapoor, she put her heart, soul and even her money into his films. She sold her gold bangles when the studio was short of funds and acted in films of other producers to fill the depleting coffers of R.K. films. For Raj, who wanted his epitaph to read, �Here�s a man who only wished to love�, Nargis was his friend, muse, partner-at-work, actress, lover and love. People close to Raj revealed that he weaved his movies around Nargis. So, when Nargis left Raj to marry Sunil Dutt, he was heartbroken. But the ones who were close to Nargis say that it was a gradual process. Nargis was madly in love with Raj and longed to become Mrs Raj Kapoor. She started feeling alienated in his movies and was unhappy with the roles he was giving her. In Shree 420 (1955), she was discontented with her non glamorous role. An infuriated Nargis signed Mother India (1957) without telling Raj Kapoor. This hurt him badly. But what was the last nail in the coffin was Nargis� marriage with Sunil Dutt, something which was hidden from the world till the movie was released. Also Read: Rishi Kapoor remembers his father Raj Kapoor on his 91st birth anniversary Raj Kapoor took her marriage to Sunil as a betrayal and this was probably the darkest period of his career. �Night after night he would come home drunk and collapse in the bathtub weeping,� his wife Krishna Kapoor had said. The showman never really forgave Nargis for leaving him. Years later at her funeral, Raj Kapoor preferred being an outsider. While everyone was calling out Raj�s name to come closer to her lying corpse, Raj said, �Yahin se toh guzrenge. All my friends are going.� He wore dark glasses, probably to hide his teary eyes from the world. The Nargis chapter in Raj Kapoor�s life closed like a heavy door with a melodramatic end. The biggest showman of Bollywood, Raj Kapoor, believed in presenting everything in a larger than life canvas. Born and brought up in a family that was to become a legacy in Bollywood, Raj Kapoor always knew the power and magic cinema can create in the minds of people. From big budget locations, sets and stars, Raj Kapoor's film had it all. A gutsy up-front film maker who continuously braved odds and defied the times to weave his own personal version of aching, heart-stopping, romantic fare. His over the top formulas were always ahead of its time be it 'Sangam' or 'Bobby', but that never stopped him from following his heart. He was here to make films that carved the way for many film makers, and will continue to do so for many more years. One of the founding fathers of modern Bollywood, Raj Kapoor was known for his distinctive style, love stories, portrayal of post colonial India through rosy frames of Bollywood.�(IBN / INDIA TV) As a glowing tribute to this legendary multi-faceted cinematic genius on his Ninetyfirst Birth Anniversary, we are giving here his four musical numbers that still move and enthrall the movie-goers which you would like to croon alongwith him and one of his leading ladies.
Raj Kapoor's Epic Love Saga With Nargis -- Tributes On The 91st Birth Anniversary
Updated : 19 Dec 2015 7:30 AM GMT