The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema

The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema

Madhu Jain / Nov 13, 2019

The Kapoors The First Family of Indian Cinema There is no film family quite like the Kapoors A family of professional actors and directors they span almost eighty years of film making in India from the twenties to the present Each decade in the

  • Title: The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema
  • Author: Madhu Jain
  • ISBN: 9780670058372
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There is no film family quite like the Kapoors A family of professional actors and directors, they span almost eighty years of film making in India, from the twenties to the present Each decade in the history of Hindi films has had at least one Kapoor if not playing a large part in defining it Prithviraj came to Bombay in the twilight era of silent movies and wentThere is no film family quite like the Kapoors A family of professional actors and directors, they span almost eighty years of film making in India, from the twenties to the present Each decade in the history of Hindi films has had at least one Kapoor if not playing a large part in defining it Prithviraj came to Bombay in the twilight era of silent movies and went on to straddle both theatre and the silver screen like a colossus, starring in the first full length talkie, Alam Ara 1931 , setting up Prithvi Theatres, and giving life to memorable characters like Akbar and Sikandar on screen His three sons Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor have earned secure and distinct places in the celluloid pantheon, dominating Hindi cinema throughout the fifties and sixties Over the next decade and a half, Raj Kapoor s sons Randhir and Rishi Kapoor survived the Amitabh Bachchan spawned age of the action hero Later, just when it looked like the family s fortune in tinsel town was finally in decline, Karisma Kapoor, the first daughter of the clan to become a star, and her sister Kareena put it right back in the lead As this book goes to press, Rishi Kapoor s son Ranbir Raj is waiting in the wings.Never before have four generations of this family or five, if you include Bashesharnath Kapoor, Prithviraj Kapoor s father, who played the judge in Awara been brought together in one book The Kapoors details the professional careers and personal lives of each generation box office successes and failures, the ideologies that informed their work, the larger than life Kapoor weddings and Holi celebrations, their extraordinary romantic liaisons and family relationships, their love for food and their dark passages with alcohol Madhu Jain goes behind the fa ade of each of them to reveal what makes them tick what prompted Prithviraj Kapoor to leave Peshawar for Bombay to become an actor, abandoning his semi bourgeois background what explains Raj Kapoor s all consuming, at times self destructive, passion for cinema what it was about the Kapoors that made them so irresistible to the women they worked with and what it has been like for each successive generation of the Kapoors to grow up in the shadow of overwhelming ancestors.Based on extensive personal interviews conducted over seven years with family members and friends, The Kapoors resembles the films that the great showman Raj Kapoor made grand and sweeping, with moments of high drama and touching emotion.Unprecedented in its scope and wealth of detail, it is a must read for all lovers of cinema.

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    1. Done! At 6 AM on a sticky Dubai morning, done done done! =D What an incredibly written book covering the mammoth odyssey of the Kapoor family tree. I'm almost jealous of the author for having shared the moments she has with Shammi and Shashi Kapoor during its writing, and while I did notice a couple of flaws and lackings in terms of the branches and twigs of the family she missed (overlooked?) - annoying to me purely because I'm SO obsessed with them - I can't help but fall in love with Raj Kapo [...]


    2. The book has not only interviews with various persons and extensive writing about everyone concerned but also interesting details of history, of the family clan and incidentally that of the times they lived in, tracing various parts of history of our recent past of country and society. Worth a read, yes, certainly.


    3. The book is a new look to the Indian audience. Kapoor family and Indian cinema both are the extension of each other. Indian cinema became pride to get the real hero like Raj Kapoor – whose identity always remain the original and greatest showman of Indian Cinema. Prithviraj came to Bombay in the twilight era of silent movies and went on to straddle both theatre and the silver screen like a colossus, starring in the first full-length talkie, Alam Ara (1931), setting up Prithvi Theatres, and giv [...]


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