70 years after it was founded by the Bollywood’s original showman, Raj Kapoor, the Kapoor family have decided to sell off the iconic RK Studio. The decision has been necessitated by last year’s fire that gutted a part of the studio.
Last year in September, a fire had broken out on the sets of a dance reality show. On why the family decided to sell off the iconic landmark of Mumbai’s Hindi film industry, Rishi Kapoor told a tabloid that the family were originally contemplating with the idea of renovating the place with state-of-the-art technology. But, he told Mumbai Mirror, the investment in rebuilding the studio would just not have yielded sufficient revenue to keep it going adding that it was a ‘level headed decision.’
Reacting to the decision, Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan told news agency IANS that she had fond memories of the studio, built by her late legendary grandfather Raj Kapoor.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Lakme Fashion Week, Kareena said, “I don’t know how far what is actually happening. In fact, I have been quite under the weather and I haven’t even met my father in the last four or five days… But of course, we have all grown up walking around in those corridors.
“I think it’s probably something that the family has decided, so it’s upto my fathers, his brothers and up to them… If that’s what they have decided, so be it.”
RK Studio, the headquarters of the film production company RK Films, was founded and named after the Great Showman, Raj Kapoor, in 1948.
Although the first film produced under uts banner, Aag, had bombed at the box office, the second film, Barsaat, starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis had turned out to be a blockbuster. Buoyed by its success, the company went on to selected one of the scenes from the film to design its logo.
The list of successful films produced by RK Films included Awaara in 1951, Boot Polish in 1954, Shri 420 in 1955, Jaagte Raho 1956, Jis Desh Me Ganga Behti Hain in 1960, Mera Naam Joker in 1970, Bobby in 1973, Satyam Shivam Sundaram in 1978, Prem Rog in 1982 and Ram Teri Ganga Maili in 1985 among others.