December 15, 2014

Google honours Raj Kapoor with a doodle on his 90th birth anniversary

Raj Kapoor - the original showman of the Indian film industry. Born Ranbir Raj Kapoor, in Peshawar on 14th December 1924, undoubtedly he is one of India’s most loved stars. As a Director he redefined Indian cinema through his path-breaking movies and characters.

Today, celebrating his 90th birthday, the tech giant Google gifts him a doodle. Google honours the legendary Indian film actor Padma Bhushan awardee  Raj Kapoor for his  contribution to Indian cinema. The doodle depicts Raj Kapoor’s most iconic role as Raj in Shree 420. The movie was released in 1955 and is a stellar classic from its era. In the background we also see actress Nargis and Raj Kapoor’s famous scene in Shree 420. Their song ‘Pyaar hua Ikraar hua‘ is still a part of many people’s everyday playlists.

Raj Kapoor died in 1988 at the age of 63 due to an asthma related complication. He collapsed at the event where he was supposed to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke award, and was rushed to the hospital. He died a month later.

Raj Kapoor’s creations in the movie space were revolutionary for the industry’s growth, and some of his directorial ventures are considered as classics today. Mera Naam Joker, an absolute classic, was produced and directed by him, and Rishi Kapoor even made his debut in the movie. Here’s Raj Kapoor’s eternally beautiful Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey:

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