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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 Aag


1948 NR

With a passion for drama, childhood sweethearts Kewal (Raj Kapoor) and Nimmi (Nargis) vow to start their own theater company when they grow up. But when Nimmi moves away, their dream disintegrates into a memory. Will Kewal find his way to the stage -- and will he ever find his lost love? This tragic Bollywood love story marks Kapoor's debut as a feature film director and the beginning of his storied onscreen partnership with Nargis.

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