Raj Kapoor’s Top 5 Non-RK Banner Films

Raj Kapoor’s name has always been associated with his own banner. But in addition to acting and directing films under the legendary RK banner, he was also a versatile actor who also starred with other filmmakers. For his birthday, we are releasing a list of his best films with other banners.

Phir Subha Hogi (1958)
Producer: Ramesh Saigal
Director: Rameh Saigal

Based on the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, this socially relevant drama led Raj Kapoor to play a good-natured man who commits murder due to the circumstances and has a huge crisis of consciousness about it. The actor did grasp the inner dilemma of the central character. The songs of the film, composed by Khayyam and written by Sahir Ludhianvi, were in keeping with the social theme of the film. The film’s Chin-o-Arab hamara became very controversial at the time.

Dastan (1950)
Producer: Abdul Rashid Kardar
Director: Abdul Rashid Kardar

This love triangle, or rather quadrilateral, will seem overtly melodramatic by today’s standards, but it is considered one of the best successes of 1950. Raj Kapoor plays an unhappy lover there and he does not resemble any RK film you’ve ever seen. The film had a complicated plot involving self-destructive characters. It was a musical containing several beautiful songs sung by Suraiyya. Naushad composed the music.

Chori Chori (1956)
Producer: Anant Thakur
Director: LB Lachman

It was the last film in which Raj Kapoor and Nargis starred together. It was an adaptation of It Happened One Night (1934). Nargis played a rich heiress who fled to marry the man of his dreams and Raj plays a journalist with a nose for a scoop. This road movie partly, partly romantic comedy had some great songs composed by the favorites of RK Shankar-Jaikishan and was declared a musical success.

Andaz (1949)
Producer: Mehboob Khan
Director: Mehboob Khan

Andaz, with Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Nargis was a coup of all kinds. The film was a love triangle, when the two young men thought that the girl had fallen in love with them and that the resulting misunderstanding led to tragic circumstances. All three main roles were in good shape regarding the game and their reaction shots to each other make the viewing compelling even now. The film had fabulous music from Naushad.

Sharada (1957)
Producer: LV Prasad
Director LV Prasad

The film was miles ahead of its time and its subject would seem shocking even today. Raj Kapoor and Meena Kumari love each other. Raj encounters an accident and has been missing for a long time. Upon his return, he learns that Meena has married a much older man who happens to be his father. The fact pushes him towards alcoholism even as Meena tries to rehabilitate it. He had great tragic performances by the two tracks.


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