By Aishwaria Sonavane
From playing Charlie Chaplin to a poor villager, Raj Kapoor has given cine lovers many classics to remember him by. Now it’s payback time as a museum called “Raj Kapoor Memorial– the Golden Era of Indian Cinema” revives legendary moments from Kapoor’s films at the Rajbaugh campus of MAEER’s Maharashtra Institute of Technology in Loni Kalbhor near Pune.
To mark the legacy of their father, Randhir and Rajeev inaugurated the museum on Friday. This 125-acre property was donated, a decade ago by the Kapoor family, to Vishwanath Karad, the founder of the college. The museum stands beside Raj Kapoor’s bungalow, which was his holiday home. “We have spent most of our childhood here,” said Randhir.
It is the same location where Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Mera Naam Joker, Bobby and Prem Rog were shot. It hosts 50 statues of characters from his iconic films.
Raj Kapoor started RK Films at 25, making his debut as the youngest film director in Aag. There are over 100 statues of actors including those of Prithviraj Kapoor, Balraj Sahni, Ashok Kumar, Guru Dutt, Dev Anand, Nargis, Mehmood, Amjad Khan, and Pran. The museum will be open to the public within a week.