Mumbai:  “Raj Kapoor was a legendary director. He deserved much more fame than how much he is famous” said Imtiaz Ali on Raj Kapoor’s 25th death anniversary on Sunday.  

Raj Kapoor was only 24 when he launched his own studio, R. K. Films, and became the youngest director of his time with "Aag" in 1948. He went on to taste success by producing, directing and acting in successful movies like "Barsaat" (1949), "Awaara" (1951), "Shree 420" (1955), "Chori Chori" (1956). He also made "Satyam Shivam Sundaram", and then launched his sons Randhir and Rishi. In 1985, he made "Ram Teri Ganga Maili" for his youngest son Rajiv. Three years after directing the controversial movie, Raj Kapoor died at the age of 63. The legendary directoir enjoyed national as well as international fame with his movies.

Imtiaz said Raj Kapoor’s body of work is inspirational for filmmakers like him. "Somewhere, we all are trying to understand his films and learn from his films. Although our work can never be good than his, but we can at least enjoy his work as a director," he said. Imtiaz has directed Raj Kapoor's grandson Ranbir in "Rockstar". Singers Mohammad Aziz and Raja Hasan also believe Raj Kapoor's legacy will continue for years to come.

"People remember him and always will. Such a legendary actor and director. Don't know we will ever get (such a talent) again or not," said singer Mohammad Aziz.  “I don't have words to describe him (Raj Kapoor). He was such a legend. Very few people have done the kind of revolutionary work that he did. From that point of view, he is number one for me," added Raja Hassan.

Courtesy: Mid-Day

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