Hindi Cinema Legend’s Best Movies

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In frame: Shashi Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Prithviraj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. (Photo: @rebel_star_shammi_kapoor/Instagram)

From Prithviraj to his sons, grandsons/granddaughters and great-grandsons/granddaughters, five generations of the Kapoor clan have now starred in Bollywood films

Prithviraj Kapoor, legendary filmmaker and actor, was one of the few pioneers of Hindi cinema and theatre. He opened the door of opportunities in film for the next generations of Kapoors. Born of Basheshwarnath Kapoor, Prithviraj first showed his acting skills in the silent era of Hindi films and then changed the course of cinema in our country with his brilliant ideas and work. From Alam Ara to Mughal-e-Azam, his works have gained worldwide recognition. For the growth of the film industry in India, he even founded the traveling theater company named Prithvi Theaters in the 1940s.

From Prithviraj to his sons, grandsons/granddaughters and great-grandsons/granddaughters, five generations of the Kapoor clan have now starred in Bollywood films.

Prithviraj died on May 29, 1972. On his death anniversary, let’s take a look at some of his best films.

  1. Alam Ara (1931)
    The first sound film in Indian cinema, made in 1931, left its mark on history. The film was directed by Ardeshir Irani and starred Master Vithal, Zubedia and Prithviraj Kapoor. This film is said to have introduced the concept of songs in Indian films as well.
  2. Sikandar (1941)
    Prithviraj was known for his work in this film as Alexander, the Great or Sikandar. The film is set in 326 BC, after Sikandar conquered Persia and the Kabul Valley and approached the Indian borders. The film was directed by Sohrab Modi and also starred Vanamala.
  3. Anand Math (1952)
    Anand Math, star of Prithviraj, is a 1952 patriotic and historical film based on the famous Bengali novel Anandamath, written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee. The film was directed by Hemen Gupta and starred Prithviraj, Bharat Bhushan, Geeta Bali, Pradeep Kumar and Ajit in it.
  4. Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
    The biggest hit of its time, the historical drama shows Mughal Prince Salim falling in love with a court dancer and fighting for her love with his father Akbar. The film was directed by K. Asif and Prithviraj shared screen space with veteran actors Dilip Kumar and Madhubala.
  5. Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971)
    The film featured three generations of the Kapoor family. In the film, Prithviraj, his son Raj Kapoor and his grandson Randhir Kapoor were seen together. The film also starred Babita, who married Randhir, the film’s director, in the same year.

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