Legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor’s films have been a feast of cinematic excellence and are extremely popular not only in India but worldwide. Now, the organisers of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) want North Americans to understand the work of the genius. TIFF, in association with the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), is organising a Raj Kapoor retrospective in which a total of 15 of his iconic films will be screened including Aag, Awara, Shree 420 and Sangam.
“We have long believed at TIFF that Raj Kapoor is one of the most under- recognised filmmakers in North America. His contributions have been essential to Indian cinema and seeing his films is essential to understanding Indian cinema, particularly Hindi cinema,” Noah Cowan, TIFF's artistic director, said. “Also, several pieces of memorabilia like costumes, cut-outs and props used during his films will be displayed,” he adds.