Actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor’s RK studio is up for sale — 70 years after it was established — as it is not “economically viable” to rebuild it after it was gutted in a fire last year, says the late actor’s elder son, Randhir Kapoor .
Founded by Raj Kapoor in 1948 in suburban Chembur, the studio witnessed several films made by the Kapoor family over the decades. On September 16 last year, a major fire broke out on the sets of dance reality show ‘Super Dancer’ at the studio in which its ground floor was gutted. No casualty was reported in the mishap.
While actor Rishi Kapoor had earlier expressed a desire to rebuild the studio with “state-of-the-art technology,” his brother Randhir said it was not practical. “Yes, we have taken the decision to sell RK Studio. It is already up for sale. After the fire, it is not viable to build the studio again,” Randhir said. The films made under the RK banner include Aag, Barsaat, Awaara, Shri 420, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, Mera Naam Joker, Bobby, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, among others.
The last film made under the banner was the Rishi Kapoor-directed Aa Ab Laut Chalen. When Raj Kapoor passed away in 1988, Randhir took over the studio. Later, his younger brother Rajiv Kapoor directed Prem Granth.
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