Sunday, October 27, 2013

PRITHVIRAJ KAPOOR

Prithviraj Kapoor was one of the pioneer of Indian cinema and theatre who will  be always remembered for his vivid contributions in these fields.As the founder of 'Prithviraj Theatre' in Bombay he was hard working and adventurous  to travel all over India with the travelling troupe and staged several classic plays which entertained the masses.He was a virtuoso who handled the protagonist roles himself in all his plays and gained much admiration.
Prithviraj Kapoor was a humanist,social reformer and a very compassionate person who helped  so many poor people.He worked for cinema from the silent era of films but gave more attention for stage plays.
Prithviraj Kapoor was born in Lyalpur in the city of Peshawar  on November 3, 1901 as the son of a Police Officer.He moved to Bombay in late 20's and as an educated youth who knew several languages including English who was able to handle any type of work could get a dignified job easily.The moment he decided to take acting as his career turned to be a boon for the Indian audience, since for five generations from thereon  till now, from his  Kapoor family great actors entertained the masses with their wonderful acting talents.
His entry in to films was with the silent movie 'Do Dhaari Talwar' in 1929.
After acting in many silent movies Prithviraj Kapoor acted in a supporting role in India's first sound film 'Alam Ara' in 1931.Throughout 30's he played lead roles of Hindi films produced by New Theatres of Calcutta.
He launched 'Prithviraj' moving theatre in 1942 and travelled widely.He could inspire young generation of those times to join freedom struggle and Quit India movement through his plays.His contributions to upsurge Indian theatre by his hard working efforts for 16 years is remarkable.As a skilful and transcendent  actor who promoted both celluloid and theatre scenario his contributions were great.In films like Sikhandar(41),Awara(51) and Mughal-e-Azam(60) he presented superb acting talents.
He was given 'Padma Bhushan' Award in 1969.



He was posthumously awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1972 for his contributions to Indian Cinema.He served as a  nominated member of Rajya Sabha, Upper House of Indian Parliament also.
Selected Filmography

Alam Ara Seeta
Vidyapati
Sikhandar
Ishara
Awara
Anand Math
Chatrapati Shivaji
Pardesi
Mughal-e- Azam
Zindagi
Janwar
Sikandar- e- Azam
Daku Mangal Singh
Heer Raanjha
Kal Aaj Aur Kal
  

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