Raj Kapoor shot all his movies af­ter 1950 in 4-acre space

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - HIS­TORIC LO­CA­TION OF HINDI CIN­EMA Bella.Jais­ing­hani @times­group.com

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.

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