Mumbai: Actor Randhir Kapoor has joined brother Rishi Kapoor and daughter Kareena Kapoor to talk about the sale of iconic RK Studio, owned by their family, and how it is an “emotional loss” for all of them.
Talking to media, Randhir Kapoor described the sale of RK Studio has left the family sad but it was not viable anymore for them to set up a new studio.
“With the state of the roads and traffic today, no actor comes to Chembur to shoot in this studio. They would rather go to Film City. So, with a very heavy heart, we have decided to let it go. My whole family is very sad, but there’s no other way,” he said.
He added that after the 2017 fire that gutted the studio, they had no choice but to dismantle the studio. “It’s, even more, an emotional loss than a monetary loss. We have lost the entire memorabilia of Raj Kapoor. Whatever Raj Kapoor had built has been burnt down,” he told the website.
Earlier Rishi had said, “We had to place a stone on our hearts. Chhati pe patthar rakh kar, soch samajh kar decision liya hai. We Kapoors are very emotional lot but then… The investment in rebuilding the studio would just not have yielded sufficient revenue to keep it going.”
The sprawling two-acre studio is the place where many hit films like Barsaat, Jagte Raho, Awaara, Bobby, Shree 420, Sangam and others had been shot.
A few months back, a major fire broke out at RK Studios on the sets of reality TV show Super Dancer 2. Though there were no casualties reported, invaluable RK Films memorabilia including costumes worn by actors such as Vyjanthimala, Nargis and Aishwarya Rai was destroyed. The famous studio was founded by Raj Kapoor in 1948.
However, the Kapoors finally have something to cheer up as their beloved RK Studios was finally put up on sale. The new owners of a property that once belonged to legendary actor and producer Raj Kapoor, have commissioned a large structure, a part of which will pay tribute to the actor and his life’s works.