Actor Randhir Kapoor, son of legendary filmmaker Raj Kapoor, reveals that after the debacle of his father’s ambitious project, Mera Naam Joker in 1970, the family faced a major financial crunch. “We were facing a financial crunch in the early 1970s because Mera Naam Joker didn’t work and we suffered huge losses due to that. My father was very fond of Mera Naam Joker and made it with a lot of passion, love and money according to those days. But it flopped.”
“However, as of today, that film is the biggest profit point for R.K films. Wherever it gets screened, in festivals or on TV, it earns money for us. It’s a super duper hit for us,” Randhir says.
The actor has got together with his brothers — Rishi and Rajiv Kapoor — to announce ‘Raj Kapoor Retrospective’, that will take place in Toronto, June 26, in association with International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Rishi Kapoor says, “Our father was a great man both in his personal and professional life. I’m thrilled about this retrospective of his work.”
A total of 15 iconic Raj Kapoor films will be screened at the retrospective, including Aag, Awara, Shree 420 and Sangam, among others.