One of the most reputed families of Bollywood, the Kapoors, have decided to sell the renowned R.K Studios based in Chembur, Mumbai. The studio was built by veteran actor Raj Kapoor in 1948. However, ever since a major part of the two-acre studio was destroyed in a fire, that took place while shooting the television reality show, 'Super Dancer', the family reportedly thought that it would not be a practical decision to renovate the studio and has decided to sell it off. The decision was made mutually by actor-director-producer Raj Kapoor’s wife Krishna Raj Kapoor and their children Ritu Nanda, Rima Jain, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, and Rajiv Kapoor.
In a recent development of the case, Sanjay Nirupam, President of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee, wrote to Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking permission for the state government to acquire the property and convert it into a film museum. Reportedly, after 70 years of its establishment, the family decided to sell the iconic studios for it would not be economically viable to rebuild it after the massive fire. Adding to his request for the studios to be converted into a museum, Nirupam reportedly disclosed that he completely respects the decision of the family, but one cannot disregard the fact that the people of Mumbai are emotionally attached to the studios, due to which he is seeking permission from the government to preserve the site and convert it into a film museum. As per reports, Nirupam also stated that a step like this will not only preserve an important part of the nation's heritage but also generate revenue for the government.
The iconic studios opened up a year after the country gained independence in 1948, and produced 'Aag' starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis Dutt, which failed to make its mark at the box office. 'Aag' marked veteran actor Raj Kapoor as a producer under the banner of R.K Studios. However, in 1949, it gained success with its release 'Barsaat' which was directed and produced by Kapoor. Several films produced by the iconic studios such as 'Awaara', 'Boot Polish', 'Jagte Raho' and 'Shri 420' were successful at the box office. Talking about his children and grandchildren taking over the responsibility of the studio, the Rishi Kapoor reportedly said that he is unsure about his children and grandchildren sharing a bond as strong as his siblings and him. Reportedly, Rishi Kapoor who was last seen in 'Mulk' also clarified that he does not want the studio to be a subject of courtroom proceedings if any differences were to arise between the next generation.
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