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A legendary actor, director and producer who's often compared to Charlie Chaplin and revered as one of Bollywood's biggest stars, Raj Kapoor was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Dec. 14, 1924. The son of well-known actor Prithviraj Kapoor, he appeared in his first film at age 11. By his 20s, he'd reached superstar status and began financing projects through his own studio.

Although Kapoor launched his career as a leading man in romantic musicals such as Aag (1948) and Sangam (1964), he finished it out as a character actor, pouring his energies into his work behind the camera. His sons Randhir and Rishi followed in his footsteps, and he worked with them on several films, including Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971) and Bobby (1973).

Kapoor died on June 2, 1988, during the filming of Henna, a politically charged romance. His sons completed the picture three years later, and it became a commercial success.

Raj Kapoor in Shree 420

Shree 420

1955 NR

Arriving in Bombay, Raj (Raj Kapoor) is disappointed to find that honesty and integrity don't always lead to success. Instead, it seems the city's so-called "420s" are having an easier time climbing the social ladder, relying on their skills of deceit and exploitation. Unfortunately, when Raj meets a beautiful woman who makes a meager living as a teacher (Nargis), he's so overcome by his desire to impress her that he discards his values for love.

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