‘The show must go on’

The Kapoors, who per­formed an emo­tional Ganesh aarti, prob­a­bly for the last time at iconic R K Stu­dios, in­sist that the sale of prop­erty does not mean an end to the di­vine tra­di­tion

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THE ‘late’ pa­tri­arch ‘show­man’ Raj Kapoor’s guru-mantra, ‘the show must go on’ con­tin­ues to in­spire his three il­lus­tri­ous ac­tor-di­rec­tor sons Rand­hir, Rishi and Ra­jiv Kapoor.

On Thurs­day, at the le­gendary R K Stu­dios at Chem­bur, on Ganeshot­sav fol­low­ing an elab­o­rate Pu­jan, the sa­cred Ganesh aarti was per­formed by Rand­hir, Ra­jiv and ‘nona­ge­nar­ian’ ac­tor Vishwa Mehra (pop­u­larly called ‘Ma­maji’ who was very close to Raj-saab and his fam­ily) late af­ter­noon at 3.30 pm

The Ganeshot­sav at R K Stu­dios as­sumed ex­tra-sen­ti­men­tal sig­nif­i­cance this year, be­cause the iconic stu­dio-prop­erty has been put up for sale. If the realty deal goes through, this could pos­si­bly be their last obei­sance within their hal­lowed stu­dio premises, wit­ness to glo­ri­ous cin­e­matic his­tory. It was an emo­tion­ally over­whelm­ing mo­ment for the Kapoors and the large num­ber of guest-devo­tees when ‘Ma­maji’, 92, broke down while per­form­ing the aarti. Ra­jiv spon­ta­neously as­sisted ‘Ma­maji’.

The loy­al­ist said, “It was 63 years ago that the first Ganeshot­sav was held at RK and I have been with Raj Kapoor-saab even prior to that. The golden era I spent with creative ge­nius Raj-saab, all his bud­dies and his tech­ni­cal crew flashed in my mind, from the time we shot ‘Awara’ (1951) in RK stu­dios. Sud­denly, I re­alised that none of those se­nior tal­ented mas­ters are alive and I was per­haps the odd sur­viv­ing man out.”

Where’s Rishi?

make it. But the very next day [Fri­day morn­ing] I went for Ganesh dar­shan at RK.”

Tra­di­tion to con­tinue

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Ra­jiv Kapoor as­sists ‘Ma­maji’ as the lat­ter be­comes emo­tional dur­ing the aarti.

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