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. The Kapoor family took this decision with a heavy heart.
Well now, Mumbai Congress Chief Sanjay Nirupam writes a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, demanded that the iconic RK Studios should be converted into a film museum for posterity.
Nirupam wrote in his letter, “For the Kapoor family, this will surely be more of an emotional loss than a financial one. Over the past few decades, the people of Mumbai too have developed an emotional bond with the legendary film studio. Hence, we demand that the Govt to acquire this property at the market value stated by the Kapoor family and convert it into a film museum. This will serve the dual purpose of preserving an important part of our nation’s heritage while generating revenue for the Govt. as well.”
Mr Nirupam also demanded that the government preserve the tremendous historical and emotional value attached to the studio. “The film studio is an extremely important part of our country’s cinematic history as well as an icon of cultural integration,” he said.
Read the full letter here:
Last year on September 16, a major fire broke out at one of the main stages of RK Studio and destroyed the sets of a dance reality show while the ground floor was gutted.
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”.