MUMBAI: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan paid a tribute to late actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, popularly known as the ‘showman’, on his reality TV show India Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun? Years back, Kapoor narrated the life of a joker in a circus through his popular movie Mera Naam Joker, hinging on the notion that ‘The show must go on’.
It was when Khan saw one of the contestants from Delhi with a joker’s nose that he trailed back to the golden era of cinema, dominated by the likes of Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand. The ‘nose’ reminded Khan of Kapoor’s iconic character from the film, which released in 1970. He also tried on the ‘joker’s nose’.
The Happy New Year actor got nostalgic as he remembered the legend of Bollywood. Another interesting scoop is that the show, which will premiere on the small screen on Monday, has been shot in RK Studio. Kapoor was only 24 when he launched his own studio, RK Films, and became the youngest director of his time with Aag in 1948.
He went on to taste success by producing, directing and acting in successful movies, such as Barsaat (1949), Awara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), and Chori Chori (1956). His song, ‘Pyar Hua Iqraar Hua’, in which he donned a hat, jacket and shirt, sharing an umbrella with co-star Nargis, is still one of the most remembered songs of yesteryear cinema. In fact, Khan created the magic of the moment in his movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi for the song ‘Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte’.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2015.