Kolkata is Always Special to the Kapoor Family: Randhir Kapoor

RBN Web Desk: Veteran actor-director Randhir Kapoor has said that Kolkata has always been, and will be very special to the Kapoor family. That aside, nothing in the world can beat Bengali food, he said.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of an event in the city yesterday, Randhir said, Kolkata (then Calcutta) was the first place where their family stayed after migrating from Peshawar in Pakistan to India before resettling in Mumbai. His father, actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, would often recall fond memories of Kolkata. Randhir admitted that while his father and grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor spoke Bengali well, courtesy the few years they stayed in the city, Randhir can’t speak the language since he has grown up entirely in Mumbai.

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People in Kolkata are extremely hospitable and often go out of their way to help others, particularly visitors from other cities, Randhir said.

In a six-decade long career, Randhir Kapoor has acted in more than 50 films. He was also the director of Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971), Dharam Karam (1975) and Henna (1991).

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On why the Kapoor family never made a film in Bengali in all these years, Randhir said, there have been talks regarding various projects but nothing materialised. However, their 1956 Hindi film Jagte Raho directed by Sombhu Mitra and Amit Maitra, was remade in Bengali as Ek Din Raatre. Both films had Raaj Kapoor in the lead. The Bengali version went on to win the Crystal Globe Grand Prix at the 1957 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Randhir recalled.

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