It is Raj Kapoor's 99th Birth Anniversary today. He was the first showman of Indian cinema and changed its route forever with films like Awara, Anari, Mera Naam Joker, and many others. Exhibiting a sensitive and tender screen appeal, Raj Kumar was the epitome of the early romantic hero who engaged everyone with his antics. He is the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, who spearheaded the family's ascent into film.
The Kapoor legacy continues to this day with Ranbir Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor being major names in the Kapoor family who are still enthralling audiences.
Apart from the subject matter of his films, which dealt with some socio-political issues in the post-independence era, his songs are memorable. Having spotted talented writers like the lyricist Shailendra, Raj Kapoor frequently collaborated with him to come up with striking words for the songs.
Here are 5 memorable songs of Raj Kapoor to go back to on his birth anniversary:
Probably the greatest song in the history of cinema, Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe Ho Nisaar, is striking for its simplicity and the way in which it encodes the complexity of life through poetry. Raj Kumar brings the emotions out of the words in a charming manner as he roams all along the streets of Bombay. He is just an absolute treat to watch as the song consumes you.
Sung with an aching sweetness by Mukesh, Zindagi Khwab Hai is among the lesser-known songs featuring Raj Kapoor from his underrated film Jagte Raho. Carrying a very dreamy feeling throughout, Raj Kapoor exemplifies his iconic simplicity as he makes sense of the world around him with a childlike innocence.
The amount of pain that is exhibited in this song is just multiplied further by the expressions given by Raj Kapoor. Coming at a pivotal moment during the film, Anari, the song written by Shailendra, rings true even today for its universal themes.
From the film Phir Subha Hogi, this song is written by the legendary poet and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi. It has a very heavy feeling throughout as it speaks of that dawn that will subside all pain and suffering once and for all. It is among the most prolific songs featuring Raj Kapoor.
This affirmative proclaimation done by the character of Raj Kapoor in the beginning of Awara, which was also directed by him, is just nothing short of iconic. The lines describe the character in the best way possible. Again sung by Mukesh, the song remains timeless and still feels as fresh as it must've been when the film came out in 1951.
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