Raj Kapoor, the creator of such classics of the silver screen as Awara, Aag and Sangam, is many things to many people producer, director, actor, editor, musician, storyteller, a man of many moods, and an acknowledged patriarch of India's film industry. He is also known to the world as an extraordinary and controversial showman, a lover, an idealist, a reformer. There will be endless debates about his exact contribution to the art of film-making, but few can deny that he was the greatest entertainer of Hindin cinema. He worked within the cinematic tradition he inherited, modified it, added new elements to it, and thus produced a distinctive, seductively romantic and immensely popular oeuvre.
In this pictorial tribute, his daughter Ritu Nanda uses his own words, culled from interviews, journals and anecdotes, to give us a unique 'autobiography'. As revealing as it is engaging, this is a fascinating record for posterity of the life and work of the man widely regarded as 'the last true movie mogul of Indian cinema'.
About the Author :
Ritu Nanda, the second child of Raj Kapoor, has been one of the leading insurance intermediaries of the Life Insurance Corporation of India for the last fourteen years and ranks among the top 1000 insurance professionals in the world. She is Chairman and CEO, ESCOLIFE, a high technology platform created to provide service to the entire insurance sector worldwide. She is also CEO of Raksha TPA, which provides third party administrative services for health care. In 2000, she established the RNIS College of Insurance, which today has over 50 branches all over the country.
Ritu Nanda is married to the industrialist Rajan Nanda, and has two children, Nitasha and Nikhil, a daughter-in-law, Shweta, and two grand children, Navya Naveli and Agastya. She lives in New Delhi.
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