New Delhi: “I dream cinema, I breathe cinema, I live cinema”, these were the words of Bollywood’s greatest showman Raj Kapoor when asked how he would like to sum up his life.

The actor and filmmaker was born on December 14, 1924 in a town called Samandru in Peshawar (now in Pakistan).

Some of his famous films include Barsaat (1949), Awara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Sangam (1964) and Mera Naam Joker (1970).

He formed a hit pair with Nargis Dutt. The iconic pose of Raj Kapoor and Nargis together from the movie Barsaat (1948) holding a violin became the logo of RK Studio.

Raj Kapoor depicted the story of a common man in most of his films and it appealed to every section of the society.

For his contribution to Indian cinema, Raj Kapoor was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1987 along with three National Awards, 11 Filmfare Trophies and the Padma Bhushan. He died on June 2, 1988 due to asthma-related complications. 

At the time of his death, he was working on a film Henna which was based on a love story between an Indian boy and a Pakistani girl.

The film was later completed by his son Randhir Kapoor and was a major commercial success.

As he rightly said, “Kal Khel Mein Hum Ho Na Ho, Gardish Mein Taare Rahenge Sada“.

The actor is not physically with us but his memories will always linger around and he will always be remembered as the ‘showman of Indian cinema’.