‘My father was a master storyteller’: Randhir Kapoor at IFFI

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Rahul Rawail said that the book ‘Raj Kapoor: The Master at Work’ is not about showman Raj Kapoor, but about the passionate workman and professional ‘Raj Kapoor’.

New Delhi: Bollywood actor Randhir Kapoor said at the 52nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that his father Raj Kapoor was a master storyteller. Talking about Rahul Rawail’s book ‘Raj Kapoor: The Master at Work’ on his father’s legacy, the veteran actor said that the book is very special and has come out really well.

“My father was a master storyteller. Though there are many books on his legacy, a book by Rahul Rawail, who has shared a rich history with my father, is something special. He said the book turned out well.

Rahul Rawail said that the book ‘Raj Kapoor: The Master at Work’ is not about showman Raj Kapoor, but about the passionate workman and professional ‘Raj Kapoor’.

Rawail shared that the biography of the legend, dedicated to late actor Rishi Kapoor, is slated to release on December 14, 2021, on the occasion of Raj Kapoor’s 97th birth anniversary.

According to Rawail, the book provides readers with a comprehensive account of the filmmaking style of Maestro Shilpakar. It not only explores the talent but also brings to the fore never-before-seen facets of Raj Kapoor. I am where I am today because of him. There are plenty of anecdotes on the legend in my book, which give a window into his sense of humor, insight, relationship with his crew, extreme love for food and of course his love for Russia. ,

Rawail, who shares a close relationship with the legendary filmmaker, said he would like to dedicate this book to those who have a thirst for knowledge on filmmaking. “Raj Kapoor was the best teacher in the world. I will never forget the fascinating things I have learned from him. There are ten chapters devoted exclusively to giving a detailed account of his style of filmmaking.

The renowned director, who has made notable films like Love Story, Betaab and Arjun, says he has no hesitation in admitting that he tried to imitate Raj Kapoor’s unique style in many of his films.

On the writing of the book, Rawail revealed that he had discussed it with Randhir Kapoor, the late Rishi Kapoor and Mrs. Krishna Kapoor. “He allowed me to go ahead saying that only a person who knows Rajji’s way of working can write a book on him.”

Film representatives were curious to know if he is planning a book on Rishi Kapoor as well. Rawail said that the publishers have suggested something on the lines of a book on the Kapoor family.

First published:November 25, 2021, 10:49 am

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