Raj Kapoor Death Anniversary: The First Superstar And Showman of Indian Cinema
The first superstar and showman of the Hindi cinema, Raj Kapoor died on June 2, 1988 due to an asthma attack. He has been honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1971 and Dadasaheb Phalke award in 1987 for his remarkable work in the Indian film industry. He is known for his work in films such as Awara, Aag, Shree 420, Barsaat, Mera Naam Joker, Teesri Kasam, and Sangam. Raj Kapoor at the age of nine acted in front of the camera for the first time in the film Inquilab. His first job was of Clapper Boy, for which he was paid Rs 10 per month. At the age of 24 in the year 1948, he established his own studios –RK Films. The first venture of the studio was Aag but it was a commercial failure and Barsaat (1949) was the first film to be produced by the studio. On May 2, 1988, Raj Kapoor was conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award and attended the function with an oxygen mask. When his name was announced by President Venkataraman, he was unable to get up, and seeing his discomfort, he came down to present him the award and was then admitted to hospital. After battling with life for a month, he passed away on June 2.