Rajiv Kapoor handed away on Tuesday after a large coronary heart assault. For the primary time in 31 years (his final launched movies had been Zimmedaaar and Aag Ka Dariya in 1990), he was gearing up for a brand new movie. He was set to return in Toolsidas Junior, starring Sanjay Dutt. The Ashutosh Gowariker-produced movie has been slated for launch this yr. Gowariker informs he has wrapped shoot for the manufacturing. “Rajiv was so affable and played his part with much fun and ease. Will miss him deeply,” he tweeted as condolence. The filmmaker added that he had been “a fan from his Ram Teri Ganga Maili days”.
Think Rajiv Kapoor and you’re pondering Ram Teri Ganga Maili. The legendary Raj Kapoor solid his youngest son reverse Mandakini within the 1985 movie, which went on to be a blockbuster.
In a profession that actively spanned lower than a decade, Rajiv Kapoor had a handful of releases following Ram Teri Ganga Maili. Notable amongst these had been Zalzala (1988), Hum To Chale Pardes (1988), Shukriyaa (1988), Lava (1985), Zabardast (1985), and his debut movie Ek Jaan Hain Hum (1983). Almost all of those had been no-shows.
Many really feel Rajiv could not actually emerge from the shadow of his illustrious lineage — from grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor and father Raj Kapoor to elder brothers Randhir and Rishi Kapoor. There had been his iconic uncles Shashi and Shammi Kapoor too, in addition to maternal uncles Rajendra Nath and Prem Nath.
Ram Teri Ganga Maili would emerge one of many greatest hits of the eighties, in addition to Raj Kapoor’s profession as a filmmaker.
It will even, over the many years, draw computerized recall primarily as a result of shot of Mandakini underneath a waterfall in a white sari. Rajiv, it could appear, stands burdened underneath the scorching glamour of his co-star regardless of placing up a superb act within the movie.
Perhaps it was the unassuming trait that Rajiv exuded on the display screen and off it that allow others steal his thunder. In the eighties, when ‘loud’ was the operative phrase on the Bollywood display screen, Rajiv would appear an excessive amount of of a misfit, a gentleman on display screen. He was largely the loverboy, mild and type. Even in motion multistarrers as Zalzala (1988), a Bollywoodised Wild West potboiler, he was the affable soul regardless of character cliches.
People have famous the ‘Shammi Syndrome’ about Rajiv in his heydays, notably in the best way he danced, smiled, turned in direction of the digital camera. Being a youthful model of Shammi Kapoor was a legacy that set him aside, in an period when Mithun Chakraborty reigned the dancefloor along with his breakdance, Jeetendra was nonetheless going robust along with his white sneakers and Jumping Jack groove, and Govinda was slowly rising in reputation along with his maverick strikes.
However, the Shammi Syndrome, which catapulted Shammi Kapoor himself to the zenith of recognition until the sixties, might need grow to be too retro for the eighties crowd that was by and huge blinded by larger-than-life, over-the-top masala.
Many would draw fast parallels between Rajiv Kapoor and Kumar Gaurav, sons of Illustrious fathers who flaunted dashing seems and began out on a excessive notice solely to achieve stagnation level quickly sufficient. Rajiv Kapoor would share a major likeness with Kumar Gaurav beyond the plain traits. Both these business children, at some stage, in some way appeared subconsciously not too connected with the very thought of fame. They got here throughout as some kind of forsakers of the world of glamour. May be, rising up amidst a plenitude of glamour does that to you.