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.
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.