The well-known classic Hindi film production house RK Studio is now put on sale by the Kapoor family after a fire incident last year, ending the golden legacy of Raj Kapoor and perhaps, a possible beginning of a new era.
Established by legendary Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor in 1948, RK Studio was located in suburban Chembur region of Mumbai . There were also many successful films made by the Kapoor family at the RK studio over the past decades until the studio caught fire on September 16 last year during the shot out of dance reality show Super Dancer season-2. Although, there were no casualty reported in the fire but it managed to do significant damage to the studio rendering it economically unviable to rebuild it to continue the Kapoor family legacy.
After coming to a collective conclusion that it would be unwise to rebuild the studio again, finally the Kapoors have decided to sell the studio 70 years after it was established. Although, earlier Rishi Kapoor was of the opinion to rebuild the studio with state-of-the-art technology”, his elder brother and the eldest of the Raj Kapoor sons, Randhir did not regard it as a practical thought. “Yes we have taken the decision to sell RK Studio. It is already up for sale. After the fire that broke at the studio it was not viable to build the studio again… It was not economically viable to do it again,” told Randhir who was the person in-charge of the studio after the demise of Raj Kapoor.
It is a well know fact that the members of the Kapoor family have been devoted to the Hindi film industry over the past decades and thus they are emotionally attached with it. So, the decision of selling off the RK studio although practical was a tough one to be executed by the Kapoors themselves. It is remarkable that the Kapoor family has made many successful films in the studio like Jis Desh Me Ganga Behti Hain (1960), Mera Naam Joker (1970), Bobby (1973), the debut film for Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia, Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978), Prem Rog (1982), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), which was Raj Kapoor’s last film before his death in June 1988.