3 reasons why the Kapoor family is against a Raj Kapoor biopic


Authors: TheIndianSubcontinent News Agency

'You can’t make a biopic and not say things that happen­ed other than work,' said Rishi



2017 has been a year of biopics. From Daddy to Haseena, Bollywood’s obsession to bring real life personalities to the big screen has skyrocketed. Ranbir Kapoor quite often made headlines this year when he decided to play Sanjay Dutt in an upcoming biopic.

So, it only made sense to wonder, why does no one make a biopic on Raj Kapoor?

The megastar, who rose to fame with movies such as Mera Naam Joker and Shree 420, was famous for his contribution to Indian cinema and his scandalous life.

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According to The Indian Express, his son, Rishi Kapoor revealed that there was various reasons for not turning Raj’s life into a movie.

“We don’t want to do anything that would upset any family in the film industry. You can’t make a biopic and not say things that happened other than work,” said Rishi, hinting at his father’s extra-marital affairs.

He said, “There were relationships, which I have spoken about in my book, you can’t deny it at all, so why make it at all. I don’t want to hurt anybody’s emotions or stir up a hornet’s nest, we don’t want to sensationalise. We want the younger generation to know the real Raj Kapoor through his biopic.”

The actor opened up about Kapoor in his autobiography, Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, where he also mentioned his father’s affair with yesteryear’s actor Nargis Dutt. The Chandani actor then also spoke about how one of his sisters once approached Sunil Dutt (Nargis’ husband) seeking permission to make a biopic on Kapoor, but “Dutt sahab just said one thing, ‘let sleeping dogs lie, let’s not stir up or upset anybody’.”

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Rishi insisted that it is a collective decision taken by the Kapoor family to not make a biopic. “Since the past 50 years, it (offer for a biopic) is on.” He said. Rishi also spoke about all the film-makers who had approached the Kapoor family to make a film on Raj’s life. “Producer Bobby Bedi, who made Bandit Queen, offered to do it. But we, as a family, have an objection till our mother is living,” he said.

He also added, “If someone wants to make the film against our wishes and if we try to negate it, it will go wrong.”

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