Founded by the legendary late actor, director and producer Raj Kapoor in 1948, the iconic RK Studio in Chembur, Mumbai is up for sale now.
Actor Rishi Kapoor, son of Raj Kapoor, confirmed the decision to sell off RK Studio to the press, “We brothers are strongly bonded. But who knows about our children and grand-children? What if differences crop up in the next generation? The studio would only end up in litigation as so many industrial and textile estates have. There would be family differences and only lawyers would end up charging heavy sums of fee. Do you think my father would have liked to see his labour of love become the subject of courtroom proceedings?”
The decision has been taken up collectively by the late icon’s wife Krishna Raj Kapoor and their sons Randhir, Rishi and Rajiv Kapoor, along with daughters Ritu Nanda and Rima Jain. Rishi added that there is still an emotional connect to the place but the studio had become a huge white elephant, toting up losses especially after the fire that broke out at the studio last year on September 16th.
A major fire broke out on the sets of dance reality show: Super Dancer 2 at the RK Studio and the entire ground floor was burnt to ashes. Though no causality was reported, continuing to maintain the studio was unprofitable as even before the fire, only few bookings were made for films.
The reports on the fire revealed that all the costumes worn by the RK leading ladies, from Nargis and Vyjayanthimala to Aishwarya Rai, costume jewellery, the clown mask of Mera Naam Joker, the guns used in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, publicity material, and the grand piano used ever so prominently in Awara, Sangam and Bobby, were all burnt to ashes.
Though there is no timeline yet decided as to when will the studio be sold, it is for sure not going to be a part the Kapoor dynasty in the coming future.