Mumbai: 70 years after it was established, legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor's RK studio is up for sale. According to the late actor's elder son Randhir Kapoor, it was not “economically viable” to rebuild it after it was gutted in fire last year.
Raj Kapoor founded the iconic studio back in 1948 and it has witnessed a number of films made by the Kapoor family over the decades.
A major fire broke out on the dance reality show 'Super Dancer' at the studio on September 16 last year. The ground floor of the studio was gutted in fire and no casualty was reported.
Actor Rishi Kapoor had expressed a desire to rebuild the studio with “state-of-the-art technology,” his brother Ranbir said it was not practical.
“Yes, we have taken the decision to sell RK Studio. It is already up for sale. After the fire, it is not viable to build the studio again,” Randhir said.
Films like Aag, Barsaat, Awaara, Shri 420, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, Mera Naam Joker, Bobby, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, among others were made under the banner of RK.
Rishi Kapoor-directed Aa Ab Laut Chalen was the last film to be made under the banner. Randhir took over the studio when Raj Kapoor died in 1988.