A major fire broke out at Mumbai’s RK Studio ground floor on Saturday afternoon. Reportedly the fire broke out on the sets of Super Dancer. In an unfortunate incident, a major part of RK Studios burned down to ashes.
Rishi Kapoor, who is still in a state of denial, has spoken his heart out in an interview with Mumbai Mirror about the tragedy.
Talking about the losses, Rishi said that the family has lost all the memories built through the years, “Everything was gone, including the famous joker mask Raj Kapoor wore in Mera Naam Joker. There were costumes from every RK film, from Awaara to Chalen. Most of the stuff was kept neatly in trunks and some of it was even labelled,”
The actor got very emotional explaining what it means for the family who treasured it for so many years. He said, “I still cannot believe it. I’m partially in denial even now.” It’s something the whole film industry is proud of as that’s the ground where a lot of blockbusters were mounted which shaped Bollywood. Rishi Kapoor reveals what all they have lost apart from the emotional loss.
He further added that Kapoors had saved all the costumes worn by RK heroines at the studio and they have lost all of it, “The costumes worn by every RK heroine, from Nargis to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is lost. The jewellery worn by Padmini in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai was also stored here with a lot of love. There were spears, sabres, artefacts, furniture and other regalia used for the various shoots. The Mera Naam Joker mask and clothes… Dabboo and I couldn’t believe what hit us. This is probably why they say that one should never put all eggs in one basket. But for us, this was our father’s legacy, and it was a treasure trove.”
“My brothers and I can build the four walls again and even add a roof. But how can we compensate the loss of the precious memorabilia? That will never come back. Countless films, besides those made under our home banner, have been shot at RK Studio. It has also been the venue for our Holi and Ganpati celebrations. The loss is not just ours as a family, it is a loss for the entire film fraternity.” he said.
Talking about how Raj Kapoor had not got a house of his own till Bobby released, Rishi Kapoor said, “My father didn’t buy a home for his family until Bobby’s success. He put all his earnings into the studio because cinema was his religion.” For some one who has been frequenting the place for ’63 years’, it’s a loss he will hardly be able to recover from.
The famous studio was initially founded and setup by the showman Raj Kapoor in 1948 and is currently operational under the supervision of Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor.