‘Raj Kapoor kept his head in my lap and started crying’: Manoj Kumar on his interaction with the showman

For Manoj Kumar, his first introduction to Raj Kapoor was not on the display screen, however in entrance of it. As a baby, Manoj had gone to observe the actor’s Shree 420 when a gaggle of hooligans tried to create a ruckus throughout the present in a Delhi theatre. Raj Kapoor had jumped on the dais and informed them off in no unsure phrases.

As a younger Manoj went residence impressed by Raj’s actions, his grandmother had referred to as the actor a ‘karmayogi’ — a person who connects with God by his actions. That is how he remembered Raj Kapoor when he supplied him a job in Mera Naam Joker (1970). The function was small however the younger actor had no hesitation.

However, Raj felt he was attempting to keep away from him a couple of days later when he referred to as Manoj and acquired informed rudely that it was a mistaken quantity. The fact was that Manoj was capturing exterior Mumbai and by no means acquired Raj’s message.

Manoj Kumar, Raj Kapoor Raj Kapoor and Manoj Kumar in a body. (Photo: Express Archive)

In an interview to Mumbai Mirror a couple of years in the past, Manoj had recalled how he tried to elucidate the whole lot to Raj Kapoor in a gathering. “We met at 4 pm at (composer) Jaikishan’s residence, the place I assured Raj saab that neither I nor my spouse Shashi would dare discomfit him. I informed him I used to be wanting ahead to working with not the showman however a karmayogi and went on to inform him about the earlier incident at Regal theatre in Delhi. Raj saab quietly heard me out, then, put his head in my lap and started crying.”

Manoj Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Ashok Kumar on te set of film KRANTI Manoj Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Ashok Kumar on the set of film Kranti. (Photo: Express Archive)

He was so impressed with Manoj that he requested him to rewrite his personal scenes in Mera Naam Joker. “When I demurred, mentioning that (KA) Abbas saab (who wrote the story and screenplay) was a senior author, he made me converse to him on the cellphone and he gave me his permission,” he additional informed the tabloid, including, “Appreciating that dialogue (God and joker do issues for others, not themselves), Raj saab referred to as (DoP) Radhu Karmakar and a couple of others to take heed to me as I narrated what I’d written, mentioning that I had encapsulated the philosophy of the joker in these strains.”

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