Raj Kapoor was an Indian film actor, director and producer. Born to actor Prithviraj Kapoor and a member of the prestigious Kapoor family, he is regarded as one of the most influential actors and filmmakers in the history of Hindi cinema. The actor made his debut at the age of 10 with ‘Inquilab’ (1935). His big break came with the lead role in Kidar Sharma's ‘Neel Kamal’ (1947). This was followed by his directional debut ‘Aag’ (1948) in which he also starred.
Raj Kapoor’s first major success actor was 'Andaz' (1949). That year, he also had his first success as a director, producer and actor with ‘Barsaat’ (1949). He then went on to make and act in the hit movies including 'Dastan' (1950), 'Bawre Nain' (1950), ‘Awaara’ (1951), 'Bewafa' (1952), 'Boot Polish' (1954), Shree 420 (1955), Jagte Raho (1956) ‘Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960), 'Chhalia' (1960) and 'Sangam' (1964).
As a director, Raj Kapoor’s highest-grossing films are 'Bobby' (1973), 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' (1978), 'Prem Rog' (1982) and 'Ram Teri Ganga Maili' (1985).
His biggest cult film is considered to be ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970). The list of his flop films include 'Valmiki' (1946), 'Dil-Ki-Rani' (1947), 'Pyaar' (1950), 'Paapi' (1953), ‘Around the World’ (1966) and ‘Sapnon Ka Saudagar’ (1968), to name a few.
Awaara is a crime drama film which tells the story of Raj, a petty thief, who was forced to turn to crime due to his life of poverty. He kills his employer after his mother is attacked. He is arrested, but soon, he finds himself in a shock to discover that the judge is his estranged father. However, his father is not aware of this fact.
The story focuses on a simple peasant, who has recently relocated to the Indian city of Kolkata in search of job. One night, while looking for water to quench his thirst he enters an apartment complex. But the residents take him to be a thief and chase him while he tries to hide in different apartments, in course of which he becomes witness to a wide range of middle-class greed and corruption.
Siblings Belu and Bhola are left in the care of their abusive aunt Kamla after the death of their mother. Kamla forces them to beg and keeps all of the money often beating them. Belu and Bhola manage to save some money to become shoe polishers and face many hardships before finally finding a happy ending.
A spoilt rich girl runs away from home, after her father disapproves of her relationship with the man she likes. However, she meets and falls in love with another man, Sagar, a simplistic journalist. This proves to be a turning point in her life.
Barsaat tells the story of a naive village boy, who is attracted towards his classmate Tina, who belongs to a rich family. Although she starts to reciprocate his feelings, her father disapproves of their relationship, and gets the boy arrested on false charges.
Although he is just a friend to Neena, Dilip is in love with her and is shocked to find her engaged to Rajan. However, he continues with the association even after they get married so that the other man does not suspect anything. But Rajan comes to know about it by accident and thinks Neena is unfaithful to him, leading to death and heartburn.
Aag is a musical romance film, which tells the story of Kewal, a young man, who is thrown out of his house, after he fails his law exam. He eventually meets Rajan, who helps him work towards his dream of becoming a theatre actor.
Shekhar is a blind sculptor, who lives a solitary life. He meets a woman Kalpana, and they fall in love with each other, and get married. However, upon finding out that Kalpana had another lover in the past, Shekhar’s insecurities make him kill the man. He also confesses to the police about his crime and pleads guilty to murder in court.
The residents of a village named Anandpur are terrorized by Thakur Raibahadur Harnaam Singh. However, things take a turn with the arrival of a charming young man named Raju.
Two princesses are forced to flee the palace after a coup. While the elder one escapes to her uncle, the younger one is provided shelter by a poor family that is considered ‘untouchables’ by society.
A gang of bandits kidnap Raju, a simple-minded singer, who eventually fall in love with the daughter of their chief. He also leads the gang to a moral transformation. However, things take a turn and he informs the police about them, and they set out to kill them.
Raj Raibahadur lives in Allahabad with his widowed father who is a businessman. His father finds him a prospective bride named Chandra, and asks him to write letters to her. Raj starts writing, but he is unaware of the fact that it is Neelu, Chandra’s sister, who is responding to his letters, and eventually falls for him.
Chanda, a young woman, falls unconscious after being slapped by her father for refusing to get married. After she regains consciousness, she goes back home but few days later, she is visited by a man named Raj Kumar, who claims that she is her husband. He calls her to Bombay back to their house, which makes Chanda confused and unable to figure anything out.
Jagannath and Rajan are two brothers who decide to become thieves after their parents pass away. Years later, when Jagganath is found guilty of murder, he decides to maintain silence. However, his brother decides to appeal to the Judge to hear their story. The film then shows us the lives of the two brothers, in flashbacks.
After learning that she has a sister named Mohini, Roop decides to welcome her into her home. Things however get complicated when Mohini falls for Roop’s fiancé, a lawyer named Rajkumar. However, Rajkumer loves only Roop and shuns Mohini, which turns her love into bitterness.
After a lot of tragedies in her life, including her husband’s death, Manorama falls in love with her childhood friend Devdhar. However, this invites the wrath of her conservative family as Devdhar belongs to a family of much lower status.
As a young child, the right side of Roopa’s face and neck were burned horribly. From then on, Roopa keeps that side of her face hidden. When engineer Rajeev marries her and discovers the truth after their wedding he throws her out of the house. Roopa pretends to be someone else at night to win his love back.
Diwan, his son Ram, and Ram’s son, Rajesh, belong to three different generations, but decide to live together. However, due to their different mindsets, a lot of conflicts occur, resulting in disrupting the harmony in their house.
Roopa is a young woman belonging to a poor and abusive family living in a slum. A neighbor named Raj comes to her aid and helps her, after which she soon begins to develop feelings for him. However, her problems eventually drive her to the point of suicide, when she is saved by an artist named Ashok. He asks her to model for him, and over time, Ashok starts to like her. Things get complicated when Raj re-enters her life.
Ranjith is an unemployed and disabled man, who used to be a star badminton player. However, now his life is filled with problems and he is unable to provide for his family. Eventually he decides to commit suicide, and jumps off a bridge. Shortly after, he meets a mysterious man named Swaraj Singh who informs him that he is now a ghost. He also tells him that ghosts can only attain salvation after their unfulfilled wishes are fulfilled, after which Ranjith proceeds to tell his story.
Pyarelal is a simple and naïve young man, who was orphaned at birth, and raised by a woman named Fatima. Their lives take a turn when Pyarelal is arrested on the charges of murder, but people are unwilling to believe that this simple man can harm or kill anyone. However, they are shocked when Pyarelal openly admits to his crime in the Court.
This romantic comedy film tells the story of singer Chandermohan, who is unable to find a partner for marriage due to his astrological chart. He soon finds a girl Asha, and the two fall for each other, but her father, who is a retired military officer, refuses to let her marry a civilian. Chandermohan is left with no choice but to masquerade as an army officer.
A criminal named Shankar wants to lead a normal life but has his own struggles. He desires that his child should grow up and become an honest and decent man. To fulfil his wish he switches his son with the infant of an illustrious stage artist, Ashok.