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Raj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor In Aah (1953).png
Born Ranbir Raj Kapoor
(1924-12-14)14 December 1924
Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India
(now in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)
Died 2 June 1988(1988-06-02) (aged 63)
New Delhi, India
Other names The Show Man
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1935–1988
Spouse(s) Krishna Kapoor
Children Randhir Kapoor
Ritu Nanda
Rishi Kapoor
Rajiv Kapoor
Rima Jain
Parent(s) Prithviraj Kapoor (Father)
Ramsarni Kapoor (Mother)
Relatives Prem Nath (Brother-in-law)
Rajendra Nath (Brother-in-law)
Narendra Nath (Brother-in-law)
Shammi Kapoor (Brother)
Shashi Kapoor (Brother)
Ranbir Kapoor (grandson)
See Kapoor family
Awards Padma Bhushan (1971)
Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1987)
Signature
Raj Kapoor signature.svg

Ranbir Raj Kapoor (14 December 1924 – 2 June 1988), also known as "the greatest showman of Indian cinema", was a noted Indian film actor, producer and director of Hindi cinema.

Kapoor is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers and actors in the history of Indian cinema. He was the winner of several accolades including 3 National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards in India. The Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award is named after Raj Kapoor. He was a two-time nominee for the Palme d'Or grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his films Awaara (1951) and Boot Polish (1954). His performance in Awaara was ranked as one of the top ten greatest performances of all time by Time magazine. His films attracted worldwide audiences, particularly in Asia and Europe. He was called "the Clark Gable of the Indian film industry".

The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1971 for his contributions to the arts. India's highest award in cinema the Dadasaheb Phalke Award was bestowed him in 1987 by the Government of India.

Raj Kapoor was born in Dhakki Munawwar Shah near Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar, then India (modern day Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan) into a Punjabi Hindu family to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Devi Kapoor. He was the eldest of six children in the family. He was the grandson of Dewan Basheshwarnath Kapoor and great-grandson of Dewan Keshavmal Kapoor, part of the famous Kapoor family. His brothers are actors Shashi Kapoor and the late Shammi Kapoor. He also had a sister named Urmila Sial. Two other siblings died in infancy. They later on moved from Peshawar into present-day India for residence and for education.


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