Raj Kapoor came from a famous film family. His father, Prithvi Raj Kapoor, was a well-known actor and pioneer in Hindi Cinema.
Raj Kapoor was blessed with versatility. He was not only an actor but also a director and producer of Hindi Cinema. He is considered to be a master in both acting and directorial fields. He was given the title as “show man” of Bollywood cinemas for his filmmaking skills.
This one of the legend actors started his acting career at the age of twelve in the 1935 film Inquilab. His first big break through came after twelve years when he was selected for the lead role in Neel Kamal (1947) opposite Madhubala. With this film, Madhubala also made her debut as an adult.
Besides acting, he was actively involved in producing and directing films. When he established his own studio, R. K. Films, he was just twenty-four year old. His first directorial film was Aag. Making his directorial debut with the film, he became the youngest film director of his time. In this film, he starred opposite Nargis.
His first major success came in n Mehboob Khan’s blockbuster Andazwhere his co-stars were Dilip Kumar and Nargis.
He continued his working as a producer, director and actor and gave some box office hit films, such as – Barsaat (1949), Awaara (1951),Shree 420 (1955), Chori Chori (1956), Jagte Raho (1956) and Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960). Because of his popularity in these films, he gained his screen image as The Tramp, which is Charlie Chaplin’s most famous screen persona. He was also called charlie chaplin of Indian cinema by film historians and movie lovers. Raj Kapoor produced, directed and starred Sangam was the first color film. It was released in 1964.
Besides acting in his own productions, he was appeared in a number of successful films- Anari (1959), Chhalia (1960) and Teesri Kasam(1963).
Though he died long times ago, he is still remembered for his film making style and acting skills in the recent time too.
During his career, he won nine Filmfare Awards. The Indian government also gave him the Padma Bhushan in 1971 and because of his contribution towards Indian cinema he was also given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1987.