Raj Kapoor lives on in today's audience: Rishi Kapoor

Actor Rishi Kapoor, son of late filmmaker-actor Raj Kapoor, says the current generation still talks about his father's films and so, he is still alive in the audience. Rishi along with his brothers Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor on Wednesday attended The Raj Kapoor Awards for Excellence in Entertainment event to facilitate Raj Kapoor. "It's been 30 years since my father passed away and recently I visited Georgia and Tashkent. Today's generation has the exposure to watch any of Khans' films. They can see Kareena Kapoor or Karisma Kapoor or Ranbir Kapoor's movies also, but why the youth still reacts to Raj Kapoor's films? I also don't understand that," said Rishi. 

"They still talk about his films and his films' music, so I feel Raj Kapoor is still alive in today's audience which is amazing," he added. Talking about Raj Kapoor's passion for making films, Rishi shared an anecdote. He said: "When ‘Mera Naam Joker' was about to release, all our assets were mortgaged to release that film, and the picture bombed. We were in severe problems. "Then he made a film called ‘Bobby' with young actors, which was a huge risk after seeing the failure of ‘Mera Naam Joker'. But it became super hit and that is when his friends and my uncles insisted him to buy a house," he added.

Raj Kapoor was the winner of several accolades including 3 National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards. He was a two-time nominee for the Palme d'Or grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his films Awaara (1951) and Boot Polish (1954). His performance in Awaara was ranked as one of the top ten greatest performances of all time by Time magazine. Eminent filmmakers R. Balki, Ramesh Sippy and Umesh Shukla were also facilitated at The Raj Kapoor Awards for Excellence in Entertainment.