The Kapoor family is gearing itself up to sell its most cherished asset, the iconic R.K.Studio, and one can get a sense of how it must have been a very difficult decision, given that they have to let go of their most prized possession. Last month, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor confirmed the news of selling the iconic filming venue located in Mumbai's Chembur.
Recently, an emotional moment was witnessed for Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajeev Kapoor, while performing Ganesha Aarti at the R.K.Studio. As a yearly ritual during Ganesh Chaturthi, the Kapoor's bring in a Ganpati idol to the studio. Considering this could be the last time they would be celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi at the studio, a heaviness hung over the air as the Kapoor brothers performed the Aarti.
After the Aarti, Randhir Kapoor interacted with the press and mentioned that the family is sad that they have to sell the studio, and as much as they would have liked to revive it, it is nearly impossible for them, especially after the fire that broke out last year.
The famous RK Studio was engulfed in the fire last year, at which point it was assumed that the Kapoor family would be rebuilding it. But that doesn't appear to be on the cards as all three brothers, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor and Rajeev Kapoor, collaboratively decided to sell off the property with a 'very heavy heart'.
At around 70-years-old, RK Studio was built by showman Raj Kapoor, and 'Aag' (1948) was the first movie made under the banner of RK Films. The studio has witnessed a lot of cult classics being shot by filmmakers like Manmohan Desai and Dev Anand who would hire the studio to shoot their films. It is said that in the era of the 40's and 50's, the electricity would be provided only in evenings since most films were shot during the evening. And the last movie of which Raj Kapoor was a part of the production was 'Ram Teri Ganga Maili' (1985), before the legendary filmmaker passed away in 1988 and the eldest son of the family Randhir Kapoor took over the charge of the studio. While Rajeev Kapoor directed 'Prem Granth' (1996) starring his brother Rishi Kapoor, the latter directed 'Aa Ab Laut Chalen' (1999) -- the last film under the RK banner.
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