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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.