Late Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor's RK Studios goes up for sale, his son and actor Rishi Kapoor confirmed. After a massive fire broke out last year, the Kapoor clan has unanimously decided to sell off the iconic RK Studio, which was established four decades ago at Chembur, Mumbai. In an interview with a leading daily, Rishi said that while there is an emotional attachment to the place, the studio “had become a huge white elephant, toting up losses.”
RK Films is behind movies like Shri 420, Barsaat & Awaara
“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 the fee. Do you think my father would have liked to see his labor of love become the subject of courtroom proceedings?” Rishi said while talking about the decision to sell off RK Studio.
“For a while, we did juggle with the idea of renovating the place with state-of-the-art technology. However, in reality, it isn’t always possible for a phoenix to rise from the ashes. We Kapoors, are very emotional lot but then… 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 added.
Last year, a massive fire broke out at the studio building during the of reality show Super Dancer 2, which destroyed invaluable RK Films memorabilia. Further reports revealed that all the costumes were worn by the RK leading ladies, from Nargis and Vyjayanthimala to Aishwarya Rai, costume jewellery, the clown mask of Mera Naam Joker, the guns used in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, publicity material, and the grand piano used ever so prominently in Awara, Sangam and Bobby, were burnt to cinders.
The studio was the venue for movies 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.