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Best Films of Raj Kapoor: Masterpieces by the showman!

Raj Kapoor is not just an actor, he is a legend. Hindi cinema’s original “Showman” the late Raj Kapoor, was entertainment personified. We have had a tough choice picking 5 out of his many masterpieces, but we managed to do it. On his 89th birth anniversary we take you on a journey the best films of Raj Kapoor.


Awara was a fascinating movie about a man caught in the center of a nature-versus-nurture debate. Raj Kapoor lives as a derelict as a result of being estranged from his bitter father, a district judge, who threw Raj’s mother out of the house years ago. The film not only did well in India, but was also hugely appreciated overseas. The title track Awara Hoon also became a chart buster.

Shree 420

When Nargis and Raj Kapoor came together on screen for this film, they were simply phenomenal. They storyline is quite simple. It tracks the journey of an innocent man coming to the big bad city to make his fortune. The songs of this film were all top chart busters. The most famous one though was Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua.

Mera Naam Joker

Raj Kapoor is a joker, a clown. It is what he is and what he always shall be. In this film his life story unfolds in three chapters. This was a super hit film all thanks to his great comic sense and we get to see his humorous side in abundance in this film.


Raj Kapoor is a multi-tasker. He acts, directs and writes films. This was one such film where he donned the hat of a director and actor. Also this was his first color film. Sangam is a love triangle starring Vyjayanthimala and Rajendra Kumar along with Raj Kapoor. The movie’s thunderous success triggered off a trend among the Indian filmmakers to shoot abroad.


Raj Kumar is an honest, handsome and intelligent young man to boot. He works as a painter by trade. Anari was the story of a young man, who refuses to compromise his moral values for either love or money. Nutan played the female lead in the movie. Great story, good songs and a lovable lead pair, that was the mantra for this super hit film.

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