RK Studios, has a legacy that will be spoken about for generations. 70 years ago, Raj Kapoor established his baby where iconic films like Mera Naam Joker and Sangam were shot.
However, last year after a fire broke out destroying many a portion of the classic studio, the costs could not be incurred.
To add on top of that, barring a few TV shows, RK Studios was not on the top of filmmaker’s studio lists to shoot. Hence, the Kapoor family had to make the grave decision of putting the RK Studios up for SALE.
One festival which was religiously celebrated at the RK Studios even after Raj Kapoor’s demise was Ganesh Chaturthi with the entire Kapoor family including Randhir Kapoor, Rajiv Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor partaking in the festival and lighting up Chembur like never before.
However, this year the 70-year-old tradition comes to its completion and 2018 will be the last year that RK Studios welcomed Ganpati Bappa home. Randhir Kapoor was an emotional mess as he welcomed the media including myself to what can be touted as the Kapoor ‘temple’ today.
At 3 pm, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor came. The tradition kickstarted with a sthapna aarti which saw many employees breaking down. Someone who caught attention to an old worker who has been associated with RK Studios since its inception. You could see the gentleman on the verge of tears as he indirectly said goodbye to his beloved RK Studios which became his home.
Even Randhir Kapoor could not hold back his tears but proudly spoke about RK Studios with us. Confirming that this was indeed the last Ganesh Utsav for RK Studios, Randhir got candid about how the damages caused by the fire could not be recovered and that they were incurring losses as films were not being shot there, given the location.
We could sense the sombre atmosphere in the air of RK Studios, as the tradition was finally broken! And just like Raj Kapoor bid us farewell leaving a smile on our faces, RK Studios follows its leader’s footsteps as well. Exactly 10 days to go and the three Kapoor brothers will dance on the streets of Chembur with the Nashik Dhol playing in the background for the very last time bidding goodbye not only to their bappa but to loads of memories and a legacy that has seen 7 decades pass by.>