Raj Kapoor shot all his movies after 1950 in 4-acre space
Asource from the set said, “No one was present when the set caught fire. We are yet to calculate the cost of damage.”
Harshad Kale, assistant municipal commissioner, MWest Ward, too, said that no shoot was on when fire erupted. “The cause is yet to be ascertained.”
After actor Rishi Kapoor, whose father founded the studio, tweeted about the fire, actor Anupam Kher, too, took to Twitter to write: “Feeling terrible about the #RKStudio fire. Have unbelievable memories and life lessons about the legendary studio. Hope people are safe.”
Govandi police have registered a case of accident and said they waiting for the fire brigade probe. “We will take appropriate action if the fire brigade gives its opinion that it was a case of negligence,” said Shahji Umap, DCP ( Zone VI). Mumbai: Hindi cinema’s famous showman Raj Kapoor constructed RK Studio in Chembur in 1950, reportedly with profits earned from his first hit picture, ‘Barsaat’ in 1949.
This sprawling four-acre campus also served as the headquarters of his film company, RK Films, which had been founded two years earlier in 1948. His first film as independent director was ‘Aag’.
Raj Kapoor reportedly shot all his pictures after 1950 here at RK, beginning with the famous dream sequence of ‘Awara’ to ‘Mera Naam Joker’, ‘Bobby’, ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’, ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’, ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ and ‘Prem Rog’.
Over the decades, the fortunes of RK Studio peaked as hundreds of popular movies, not just those under the home banner, were shot here. Studio representative Kishore Darade said on Saturday, “Manmohan Desai shot all his pictures here. Newer RK productions such as ‘Henna’, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ and ‘Aa Ab Laut Chalein’ were filmed here.”
As time passed, private bungalows and outdoor locations became more economically viable and a popular option to shoot rather than creating lavish expensive sets in film studios. The family stopped making films a few years after Raj Kapoor’s death. Television shows do continue to rent the space, though.