Raj Kapoor

Active - 1943 - 2008  |   Born - Dec 14, 1924 in Peshawar, India  |   Died - Jun 2, 1988   |   Genres - Drama

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Raj Kapoor has been among India's most popular movie stars since the 1940s and is best known for playing a plucky little fellow who is able to use his cleverness and determination to overcome numerous daunting obstacles. In this regard, Kapoor's character has been compared to that of Chaplin's . Kapoor is the son of silent-film actor, theater owner and film producer Prithvi Ra Kapoor. His brothers Shashi and Shammi are also actors.

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  • First appeared on screen as a twelve-year-old in Inquilab (1935)
  • Two-time winner of the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
  • Has received a total of 11 Filmfare Awards.
  • Two-time nominee for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • The Indian government presented him with the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award in 1971.
  • Was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his cinematic achievements in 1987.