Pune: If you are a Raj Kapoor fan or wish to relive the glorious age of cinema (1940’s- 1990’s), then come Friday and you can visit a ‘museum’ dedicated to this era of Bollywood. This display has been named as ‘Raj Kapoor Memorial – The Golden Era of Indian Cinema’
The museum will be put up at the Rajbaugh campus of MAEER’s MIT College in Loni Kalbhor, about 19 kms from Pune. It is the same place where films such as Satyam Sivam Sundaram, Mera Naam Joker, Bobby and Premrog were shot. However, the museum will not have statues of actors per se, but instead will show highlight famous characters and roles they portrayed, stills from movies and photographs.
Two generations of Raj Kapoor’s family, his sons Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor and his grandchildren Karishma Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor, are expected to inaugurate the memorial on Friday, May 16. Songtress Lata Mangeshkar and Krishna Raj Kapoor are also expected to be present at the ceremony.
The gate to this memorial has been named after Dadasaheb Phalke, the pioneer of Indian Cinema.
You can expect pictures and statues of Indian cinema stalwarts such as Prithviraj Kapoor, Soharab Modi, Balraj Sahani, Ashok Kumar, Gurudutt, Dev Anand, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and female actors including Nargis, Meena Kumari, Nutan, Durga Khote, Nirupa Roy, Lalita Pawar and Smita Patil.
The museum also pays ode to famous comedians such as master Bhagwan, Jonny Walker, Mehmood, Aga and Mukri, and villians such as Pran, Jivan, Premnath, Ajit and Amjad Khan.
Along with this, people will also see famous artists from Marathi cinema, including Suryakant, Chandrakant, Jayashree Gadkar, Dada Kondke, Nilu Phule, Sharad Talwalkar and Vasant Shinde as statues on display.