Kunal Kapoor is an Indian actor. Kapoor was born in Mumbai on the 18th of October 1977, his father, Rajkishore Kapoor was in the construction business and his mother, Kanan a singer and homemaker. His parents were from Amritsar, Punjab, he is the youngest, born after two sisters Reshma. In February 2015, he married Naina Bachchan, niece of Amitabh Bachchan, at a private family ceremony in Seychelles. Kapoor trained for an acting career under Barry John, became a part of Motley, a theatre group run by acting legend Naseeruddin Shah He began his career as an assistant director of Aks, which starred Manoj Bajpayee and in which Amitabh Bachchan played a major character role, but moved on to be a movie actor. Kapoor made his movie debut as the male lead opposite Tabu in Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, helmed by painter MF Hussain, his next film was the Aamir Khan starrer Rang De Basanti, for which he received a nomination in the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award category. The film was successful both critically and commercially, it was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2007 BAFTA Awards.
Kapoor subsequently got signed by Yash Raj Films studio for a three-film contract. He appeared in films like Aaja Nachle and Bachna Ae Haseeno. After this, Kapoor took a break for two years, appeared next in national award winner Rahul Dholakia's Lamhaa starring Sanjay Dutt; the film didn't do well but Kapoor received accolades for his performance as a young Kashmiri politician. Critics hailed it as "One of the most powerful performances of the year" That same year, Kapoor voiced the Indian God Rama in Mahayoddha Rama, an animation film made by Raizada Rohit Jaising Vaid. In 2011, he appeared in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Don 2. In 2012, Kapoor played the lead role in Sameer Sharma's light-hearted comedy film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. A film that he co-wrote; the film received positive reviews and was hailed by the critics as being amongst the ten best films of the year. The New York Times called Kapoor the Indian Matthew McConaughey. In 2014, he appeared in the off-beat comedy film Kaun Kitne Paani Mein.
Kapoor has three films up for release. The epic action trilingual film, directed by National Award winner Jayaraj, Gauri Shinde's next and Tigmanshu Dhulia's war drama Raagdesh based on the INA trials. In 2017, he started filming for one of the most expensive Indian movies; the film, based on the first Indian hockey team to win a Gold at the Olympics will see him pairing up with Akshay Kumar for the first time. It was released on 15 August, 2018. Kapoor has endorsed popular brands like Thums Up, Indian Terrain, Ray-Ban, Mahindra Logan and Save the Children charity along with Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2009, Kapoor started writing weekly columns for HT City, the lifestyle supplement of the Hindustan Times; these columns still appear online on the social network Desimartini. He is a trained pilot, rally car driver. In 2014, he started training for the Formula Three, he is known to be a tech geek and co founded Asia's largest crowdfunding platform called Ketto, which raises money for social and individual causes.
To date, the platform has raised close to one billion rupees. He is known for his style, and has been voted amongst the most stylish men in the country. He was on GQ's list of the top ten stylish men in the country. 2006: Star's Sabsey Favourite Naya Hero 2007: Stardust Breakthrough Performance, Male 2017 - Asiavision Awards - Outstanding performance - Veeram 2018 - Toronto international South Asian film awards - Special jury award - Veeram Kunal Kunal Kapoor on IMDb
Harivansh Rai Bachchan
Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was an Indian poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement of early 20th century Hindi literature. Born in a Hindu Awadhi Indian Srivastava Kayastha family, in Allahabad in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, in British India, he was a poet of the Hindi Kavi Sammelan, he is best known for his early work Madhushala. He is the husband of social activist, Teji Bachchan, father of Amitabh Bachchan and grandfather of Abhishek Bachchan. In 1986, he received the Padma Bhushan in 1976 for his service to Hindi literature, he incorporated vocabulary from several Hindustani dialects, including Awadhi and Urdu, while writing in Hindi script. Bachchan was the eldest son of Pratap Narayan Saraswati Devi, his ancestral village was Babupatti in the Pratapgarh district, in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, in British India. He received his formal schooling in a municipal school and followed the family tradition of attending Kayastha Paathshaalas to learn Urdu as the first step to a career in law.
He attended college at Allahabad University and Banaras Hindu University. During this period, he came under the influence of the independence movement under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. From 1941 to 1952 he taught in the English Department at the Allahabad University and after that he spent the next two years at St Catharine's College, Cambridge University completing a PhD on W. B. Yeats, he began using the pen name "Bachchan" instead of Srivastava. After returning to India he again took to teaching English literature at Allahabad university, he worked at All India Radio, Allahabad simultaneously. In 1926, at the age of 19, Bachchan married his first wife, 14 years old; however she died ten years in 1936 after contracting tuberculosis. Bachchan thereafter married Teji Bachchan in 1941, they had Amitabh Bachchan and Ajitabh Bachchan. Bachchan came from a Hindu caste, fluent in several Hindustani dialects as well as Persian, he incorporated a broadly Hindi-Urdu vocabulary, written in Hindi script.
While he could not read Persian script, he was influenced by Persian and Urdu poetry Omar Khayyam. Bachchan used to introduce himself like this: Bachchan's work has been used in movies and music. Examples include couplets of his work "Agneepath" are used throughout in the movie Agneepath again starring Amitabh Bachchan and in the remake Agneepath मधुशाला का मूल पाठ हरिवंश राय बच्चन मधुशाला हरिवंश राय बच्चन A Collection Kaveendra, Anil Pushker. Harivanshrai Bachchan Ki Anuvad Drishti. Ruby Press & Co. New Delhi. ISBN 978-93-82395-20-1'कविता -नीड़ का निर्माण फिर फिर
Indians are the nationals or citizens of India, the second most populous nation in the world, containing 17.50% of the world's population. "Indian" refers to nationality, rather than a particular language. Due to emigration, the Indian diaspora is present throughout the world, notably in other parts of Asia, North America, the Caribbean and Africa; the demonymn Indian today applies to nationals of the Republic of India, although before the partition of India in 1947, nationals residing in the entirety of British India were known as Indians as well. The name Bhārata has been used as a self-ascribed name by people of the Indian subcontinent and the Republic of India; the designation "Bhārata" appears in the official Sanskrit name of Bhārata Gaṇarājya. The name is derived from the ancient Vedic and Puranas, which refer to the land that comprises India as "Bhārata varṣam" and uses this term to distinguish it from other varṣas or continents; the Bhāratas were a vedic tribe mentioned in the Rigveda, notably participating in the Battle of the Ten Kings.
India is named after legendary Emperor Bharata, a descendant of the Bhāratas tribe, scion of Kuru Dynasty who unified the Indian Subcontinent under one realm. उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम् । वर्षं तद् भारतं नाम भारती यत्र संततिः ।। "The country that lies north of the ocean and south of the snowy mountains is called Bhāratam. In the Hindu text, Skanda Purana it is stated that "Rishabhanatha was the son of Nabhiraja, Rishabha had a son named Bharata, after the name of this Bharata, this country is known as Bharata-varsha." This has been mentioned in Vishnu Purana, Vayu Purana, Linga Purana, Brahmanda Purana, Agni Purana, Skanda Purana and Markandeya Purana that this country is known as Bharata Varsha after Bharat Chakravartin.ऋषभो मरुदेव्याश्च ऋषभात भरतो भवेत् भरताद भारतं वर्षं, भरतात सुमतिस्त्वभूत् Rishabhanatha was born to Marudevi, Bharata was born to Rishabh, Bharatvarsha arose from Bharata, Sumati arose from Bharata — Vishnu Purana In early Vedic literature, the term Āryāvarta was in popular use before Bhārata.
The Manusmṛti gives the name Āryāvarta to "the tract between the Himalaya and the Vindhya ranges, from the Eastern to the Western Sea". While the word Indian and India is derived from Greek Ἰνδία, via Latin India. Indía in Koine Greek denoted the region beyond the Indus river, since Herodotus ἡ Ἰνδική χώρη, hē Indikē chōrē; the name is derived from Sindhu, the Sanskrit name of the river Indus, but meaning "river" generically. The history of India includes the prehistoric societies in the Indian subcontinent; the Indian people established during ancient, medieval to early eighteenth century some of the greatest empires and dynasties in South Asian history like the Maurya Empire, Satavahana dynasty, Gupta Empire, Rashtrakuta dynasty, Chalukya Empire, Chola Empire, Karkota Empire, Pala Empire, Vijayanagara Empire, Maratha Empire and Sikh Empire. The first great Empire of the Indian people was the Maurya Empire having Patliputra as its capital, conquered the major part of South Asia in the 4th and 3rd century BC during the reign of the Indian Emperors Chandragupta Maurya and Ashoka alongside their senior advisor, Acharya Chanakya, the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in the World.
The next great ancient Empire of the Indian people was the Gupta Empire. This period, witnessing a Hindu religious and intellectual resurgence, is known as the classical or "Golden Age of India". During this period, aspects of Indian civilisation, administration and Hinduism and Buddhism spread to much of Asia, while Chola Empire in the south had flourishing maritime trade links with the Roman Empire during this period; the ancient Indian mathematicians Aryabhata, Bhāskara I and Brahmagupta invented the concept of zero and the Hindu–Arabic numeral system decimal system during this period. During this period Indian cultural influence spread over many parts of Southeast Asia which led to the establishment of Indianized kingdoms in Southeast Asia. During the early medieval period the great Rashtrakuta dynasty dominated the major part of the Indian subcontinent. From the 8th to 10th century and the Indian Emperor Amoghavarsha of the Rashtrakuta Dynasty was described by the Arab traveller Sulaiman as one of the four great kings of the world.
The medieval south Indian mathematician Mahāvīra liv
Jaya Bachchan born on 9 April 1948 is an Indian film actress and politician. She is the Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from the Samajwadi Party, notably serving four terms since 2004, she is recognised as one of the finest Hindi film actresses of her time known for reinforcing a naturalistic style of acting in both mainstream and "middle-of-the-road" cinema. During her career, she won nine Filmfare Awards: including three for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress, which makes her the overall most-awarded performer in the female acting categories, along with Nutan, she was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In 1992, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Making her film debut as a teenager in Satyajit Ray's Mahanagar, Bachchan's first screen role as an adult was in Guddi, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, with whom she would collaborate in several films, she was noted for her performances in films including Uphaar and Kora Kagaz, among others.
She appeared alongside her husband Amitabh Bachchan in films such as Zanjeer, Chupke Chupke and Sholay. Following her marriage to actor Amitabh Bachchan and the birth of their children, Bachchan restricted her work in films. After her appearance in the Silsila, she took an indefinite sabbatical from films, she returned to acting with Govind Nihalani's Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa in 1998. Since she has appeared in several critically and commercially successful films such as Fiza, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... and Kal Ho Naa Ho, all which garnered her critical acclaim, as well as several awards and nominations. Jaya Bachchan, an alumna of the Film and Television Institute of India, started her career with a supporting role in Satyajit Ray's Bengali film, Mahanagar at the age of 15, with Anil Chatterjee and Madhabi Mukherjee. After that, she had appeared in two Bengali films: a 13-minute short film, a Bengali comedy Dhanyee Meye, as Uttam Kumar's sister-in-law. Inspired by her experience with Ray, she decided to join the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune to learn acting and passed with the gold medal.
She was picked out to play the eponymous role of Guddi in the 1971 Hrishikesh Mukherjee film, Guddi in which she played a school girl obsessed with film star Dharmendra. Guddi was a success, she moved to Mumbai and soon picked other roles, however her role of a 14-year-old schoolgirl, aided by her petite looks, created the girl-next-door image for her, which she was associated with through the rest of her career. Though she tried to break out of the mould with glamorous roles as in Jawani Diwani, a negative character of the heroine faking amnesia, in Anamika, she was recognised for roles of the sort which were credited with epitomising middle-class sensibility, which she played amiably in films of "middle-cinema" directors such as Gulzar, Basu Chatterjee and indeed Hrishikesh Mukherjee; these films include Uphaar, Piya Ka Ghar, Parichay and Bawarchi, performed with marked sensitivity. By now, she was a popular star. In Gulzar's Koshish and Sanjeev Kumar played a deaf couple who struggle through their difficulties as handicapped people.
She described the film as "a learning experience". She first acted with her future husband Amitabh Bachchan in the film Bansi Birju, followed by B. R. Ishara's Ek Nazar in the same year. Amitabh had undergone a string of flops and when most lead heroines refused to work with him in the Salim-Javed scripted Zanjeer, she stepped into the film; the film gave rise to Amitabh Bachchan's angry-young-man image. This was followed by their pairing in films such as Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke and Sholay, her daughter Shweta was born while Amitabh were working on Sholay. Following this, she focused on raising her children, her last film as a lead actress was Silsila, opposite her husband. During the late 1980s, she wrote the story for the film Shahenshah, which starred her husband in the lead. After a gap in film appearances of 18 years, she returned to acting with Govind Nihalani's Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, a film about the Naxalite movement. In 2000, she starred in Fiza for which she received the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her work.
She starred in Karan Johar's family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... with her husband. She starred in Karan Johar's next film, Kal Ho Naa Ho playing the role of Preity Zinta's mother, Jennifer Kapur, for which she again received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, she appeared with her son Abhishek in Drona. In 2011, she appeared in the Bangladeshi film Meherjaan starring with Victor Banerjee and Humayun Faridi; the film is based on a Bangladesh-Pakistan love story in the backdrop of the 1971 Bangladesh atrocities. It is the story of Meherjaan, a Bangladeshi woman who falls in love with a Pakistani army officer, who refuses to join the war and saves her from being raped by other Pakistani troops, who do not however spare her cousin Neela and kill her father. Bachchan was first elected in 2004 as the Member of Parliament from the Samajwadi Party, representing Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha till March 2006, she got a second term from June 2006 till July 2010 and in February 2010 she stated her intent to complete her term.
She was re-elected in 2012 for the third term and again in 2018 for her fourth term in the Rajya Sabha from Samajwadi Party. Bachchan's speech
The British Raj was the rule by the British Crown in the Indian subcontinent from 1858 to 1947. The rule is called Crown rule in India, or direct rule in India; the region under British control was called British India or India in contemporaneous usage, included areas directly administered by the United Kingdom, which were collectively called British India, those ruled by indigenous rulers, but under British tutelage or paramountcy, called the princely states. The whole was informally called the Indian Empire; as India, it was a founding member of the League of Nations, a participating nation in the Summer Olympics in 1900, 1920, 1928, 1932, 1936, a founding member of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945. This system of governance was instituted on 28 June 1858, after the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the rule of the British East India Company was transferred to the Crown in the person of Queen Victoria, it lasted until 1947, when it was partitioned into two sovereign dominion states: the Dominion of India and the Dominion of Pakistan.
At the inception of the Raj in 1858, Lower Burma was a part of British India. The British Raj extended over all present-day India and Bangladesh, except for small holdings by other European nations such as Goa and Pondicherry; this area is diverse, containing the Himalayan mountains, fertile floodplains, the Indo-Gangetic Plain, a long coastline, tropical dry forests, arid uplands, the Thar Desert. In addition, at various times, it included Aden, Lower Burma, Upper Burma, British Somaliland, Singapore. Burma was separated from India and directly administered by the British Crown from 1937 until its independence in 1948; the Trucial States of the Persian Gulf and the states under the Persian Gulf Residency were theoretically princely states as well as presidencies and provinces of British India until 1947 and used the rupee as their unit of currency. Among other countries in the region, Ceylon was ceded to Britain in 1802 under the Treaty of Amiens. Ceylon was part of Madras Presidency between 1793 and 1798.
The kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan, having fought wars with the British, subsequently signed treaties with them and were recognised by the British as independent states. The Kingdom of Sikkim was established as a princely state after the Anglo-Sikkimese Treaty of 1861; the Maldive Islands were a British protectorate from 1887 to 1965, but not part of British India. India during the British Raj was made up of two types of territory: British India and the Native States. In its Interpretation Act 1889, the British Parliament adopted the following definitions in Section 18: The expression "British India" shall mean all territories and places within Her Majesty's dominions which are for the time being governed by Her Majesty through the Governor-General of India or through any governor or other officer subordinates to the Governor-General of India; the expression "India" shall mean British India together with any territories of any native prince or chief under the suzerainty of Her Majesty exercised through the Governor-General of India, or through any governor or other officer subordinates to the Governor-General of India.
In general, the term "British India" had been used to refer to the regions under the rule of the British East India Company in India from 1600 to 1858. The term has been used to refer to the "British in India"; the terms "Indian Empire" and "Empire of India" were not used in legislation. The monarch was known as Empress or Emperor of India and the term was used in Queen Victoria's Queen's Speeches and Prorogation Speeches; the passports issued by the British Indian government had the words "Indian Empire" on the cover and "Empire of India" on the inside. In addition, an order of knighthood, the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, was set up in 1878. Suzerainty over 175 princely states, some of the largest and most important, was exercised by the central government of British India under the Viceroy. A clear distinction between "dominion" and "suzerainty" was supplied by the jurisdiction of the courts of law: the law of British India rested upon the laws passed by the British Parliament and the legislative powers those laws vested in the various governments of British India, both central and local.
At the turn of the 20th century, British India consisted of eight provinces that were administered either by a governor or a lieutenant-governor. During the partition of Bengal, the new provinces of Assam and East Bengal were created as a Lieutenant-Governorship. In 1911, East Bengal was reunited with Bengal, the new provinces in the east becam
Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. As of 2011 it is the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.4 million. The larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region is the second most populous metropolitan area in India, with a population of 21.3 million as of 2016. Mumbai has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city, it is the wealthiest city in India, has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the city's distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings; the seven islands that constitute Mumbai were home to communities of Koli people, who originated in Gujarat in prehistoric times. For centuries, the islands were under the control of successive indigenous empires before being ceded to the Portuguese Empire and subsequently to the East India Company when in 1661 Charles II of England married Catherine of Braganza and as part of her dowry Charles received the ports of Tangier and Seven Islands of Bombay.
During the mid-18th century, Bombay was reshaped by the Hornby Vellard project, which undertook reclamation of the area between the seven islands from the sea. Along with construction of major roads and railways, the reclamation project, completed in 1845, transformed Bombay into a major seaport on the Arabian Sea. Bombay in the 19th century was characterised by educational development. During the early 20th century it became a strong base for the Indian independence movement. Upon India's independence in 1947 the city was incorporated into Bombay State. In 1960, following the Samyukta Maharashtra Movement, a new state of Maharashtra was created with Bombay as the capital. Mumbai is the financial and entertainment capital of India, it is one of the world's top ten centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 6.16% of India's GDP and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 70% of maritime trade in India, 70% of capital transactions to India's economy. The city houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India, the SEBI and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations.
It is home to some of India's premier scientific and nuclear institutes like Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Nuclear Power Corporation of India, Indian Rare Earths, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Atomic Energy Commission of India, the Department of Atomic Energy. The city houses India's Hindi and Marathi cinema industries. Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract migrants from all over India, making the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures; the name Mumbai is derived from Mumbā or Mahā-Ambā—the name of the patron goddess Mumbadevi of the native Koli community— and ā'ī meaning "mother" in the Marathi language, the mother tongue of the Koli people and the official language of Maharashtra. The Koli people originated in Kathiawad and Central Gujarat, according to some sources they brought their goddess Mumba with them from Kathiawad, where she is still worshipped. However, other sources disagree.
The oldest known names for the city are Galajunkja. In 1508, Portuguese writer Gaspar Correia used the name "Bombaim" in his Lendas da Índia; this name originated as the Galician-Portuguese phrase bom baim, meaning "good little bay", Bombaim is still used in Portuguese. In 1516, Portuguese explorer Duarte Barbosa used the name Tana-Maiambu: Tana appears to refer to the adjoining town of Thane and Maiambu to Mumbadevi. Other variations recorded in the 16th and the 17th centuries include: Mombayn, Bombain, Monbaym, Mombaym, Bombaiim, Boon Bay, Bon Bahia. After the English gained possession of the city in the 17th century, the Portuguese name was anglicised as Bombay. Ali Muhammad Khan, imperial dewan or revenue minister of the Gujarat province, in the Mirat-i Ahmedi referred to the city as Manbai; the French traveller Louis Rousselet who visited in 1863 and 1868 tells us in his book L’Inde des Rajahs: "Etymologists have wrongly derived this name from the Portuguese Bôa Bahia, or, not knowing that the tutelar goddess of this island has been, from remote antiquity, Bomba, or Mamba Dévi, that she still... possesses a temple".
By the late 20th century, the city was referred to as Mumbai or Mambai in Marathi, Gujarati and Sindhi, as Bambai in Hindi. The Government of India changed the English name to Mumbai in November 1995; this came at the insistence of the Marathi nationalist Shiv Sena party, which had just won the Maharashtra state elections, mirrored similar name changes across the country and in Maharashtra. According to Slate magazine, "they argued that'Bombay' was a corrupted English version of'Mumbai' and an unwanted legacy of British colonial rule." Slate said "The push to rename Bombay was part of a larger movement to strengthen Marathi identity in the Maharashtra region." While the city is still referred to as Bombay by some of its residents and by Indians from other regions, mention of the ci
Raj Kapoor was an Indian film actor and director of Indian cinema. Born at Kapoor Haveli in Peshawar to actor Prithviraj Kapoor– he was a member of the Kapoor family which produced several Bollywood superstars. Kapoor is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors and filmmakers in the history of cinema. and known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema". He received multiple accolades, including 3 National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards in India; the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award is named after Raj Kapoor. He was a two-time nominee for the Palme d'Or grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his films Awaara and Boot Polish, his performance in Awaara was ranked as one of the top ten greatest performances of all time by Time magazine. His films attracted worldwide audiences in Asia and Europe, he was called "the Clark Gable of the Indian film industry". The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 1971 for his contributions to the arts. India's highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was bestowed on him in 1987 by the Government of India.
Kapoor was born into a Punjabi Hindu family in 1924 at Kapoor Haveli, a house owned by his father, in Peshawar, North Western Frontier Province, British India, to Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsarni Devi Kapoor. He was the eldest of six children in the family, he was the grandson of Dewan Basheshwarnath Kapoor and great-grandson of Dewan Keshavmal Kapoor, part of the famous Kapoor family. His brothers were Shammi Kapoor, he had a sister named Urmila Sial. Two other siblings died in infancy, they on moved from Peshawar into present-day India for residence and for education. His maternal cousin, Juggal Kishore Mehra, was a singer, whose granddaughter, Salma Agha became a Bollywood actress; as Prithviraj moved from city to city early in his career during the 1930s, the family had to move too. Raj Kapoor attended several different schools like Colonel Brown Cambridge School, Dehradun and and Mumbai. At the age of ten, he appeared in Bollywood films in 1935's Inquilab. Ranbir Raj Kapoor's big break came with the lead role in Neel Kamal opposite Madhubala in her first role as a leading lady.
In 1948, at the age of twenty-four, he established his own studio, R. K. Films, became the youngest film director of his time making his directorial debut with Aag starring himself, Kamini Kaushal and Premnath. In 1949 he co-starred alongside Dilip Kumar and Nargis in Mehboob Khan's hit film Andaz, his first major success as an actor, he had his first success as producer and star of Barsaat released that year. He went on to produce and star in several hit films made under his R. K. Banner including Awaara, Shree 420, Jagte Raho and Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai, the last was directed by Radhu Karmakar, his longtime cinematographer, which won Filmfare Award for Best Film; these films established his screen image modeled on Charlie Chaplin's most famous screen persona of The Tramp. Outside of his home productions, his other notable films as a leading actor included Dastan, Aah, Chori Chori, Anari and Dil Hi To Hai, he produced the hit social films Boot Polish. and Ab Dilli Door Nahin. In 1964, he produced and starred in the romantic musical Sangam alongside Rajendra Kumar and Vyjayantimala, his first film in colour.
This was his last major success as a leading actor as his films like Around the World and Sapnon Ka Saudagar with younger starlets Rajshree and Hema Malini were box office flops. In 1965 he was a member of the jury at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1970 he produced and starred in his ambitious film Mera Naam Joker which took more than six years to complete, his son Rishi Kapoor made his debut in this film playing the younger version of his character. When released in 1970, it was a box office disaster and put Kapoor and his family into a financial crisis. In years it was acknowledged as a cult classic. In 1971, he launched his eldest son Randhir Kapoor in the family drama Kal Aaj Aur Kal starring himself, his son Randhir, his father Prithviraj Kapoor as well as Randhir's to-be wife Babita, he launched his second son Rishi Kapoor's career in 1973 when he produced and directed Bobby, a huge box office success and introduced actress Dimple Kapadia a popular actress. Dimple wore bikinis, quite unique for Indian films then.
In 1975 he acted alongside his son Randhir again in Dharam Karam, which Randhir directed. In the latter half of the 1970s and early 1980s he produced and directed films that focused on the female protagonists: Satyam Shivam Sundaram with Zeenat Aman, Prem Rog with Padmini Kolhapure and Ram Teri Ganga Maili which introduced Mandakini, he acted in fewer films by the late 1970s and early 1980s but played a notable supporting role alongside Rajesh Khanna in Naukri and as the titular character alongside Sanjay Khan in Abdullah. He played a detective in two comedy films: Do Jasoos and Gopichand Jasoos, both directed by Naresh Kumar. In 1979 he was a member of the jury at the 11th Moscow International Film Festival. Raj Kapoor's last major film appearance was in Vakil Babu where he appeared with his younger brother Shashi. A film he had shot and completed in 1982 titled Chor Mandali in which he appeared opposite fellow veteran actor Ashok Kumar remained unreleased due to a legal dispute. H