The iconic RK Films and Studios which was built by the late Bollywood actor and producer Raj Kapoor nearly 70 years ago is all set to be sale by Kapoor family.
The studio which is located in Chembur was in the news last year in September when a major fire broke out. Raj Kapoor’s wife and sons Randhir, Rishi and Rajiv Kapoor along with daughters Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain have unanimously decided to sell the studio.
Rishi Kapoor, son of Raj Kapoor spoke on behalf of his family regarding the same and said, “The investment in rebuilding the studio would just not have yielded sufficient revenue to keep it going. Believe me, we had to take the larger picture into account and take a level-headed decision. Even before the fire, for years R. K. Studio had become a huge white elephant, toting up losses. The few bookings we would get from films, TV serials and ad shoots would expect free parking space, air-conditioning and discounts”.
He even went on to add that the Chembur, in the eastern suburbs, is no more preferred by filmmakers since they now build their sets at studios in Andheri and Goregaon’s Film City.
Talking about the future Kapoor generations, Rishi added, “We brothers are strongly bonded. But who knows about our children and grand-children? What if differences crop up in the next generation? The studio would only end up in litigation as so many industrial and textile estates have. There would be family differences and only lawyers would end up charging heavy sums of fee. Do you think my father would have liked to see his labour of love becoming the subject of courtroom proceedings?”.
When asked if his son Ranbir Kapoor is interested in keeping the studio, Rishi reacted saying, “If he has the money, let him buy it from us then. But seriously, that’s a silly question. It’s Ranbir’s time to concentrate on his career, Sanju has validated him as a commercially successful actor”.
He also spoke about how difficult it was for the family to take this decision and said, “Not really,” he said. “We had to place a stone on our hearts. Chhati pe patthar rakkhar, soch samajh kar decision liya hai”.
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 Rishi Kapoor-directed “Aa Ab Laut Chalen”.