Top 5 non-RK banner films of Raj Kapoor
Dastan (1950)Producer: Abdul Rashid KardarDirector: Abdul Rashid KardarThis love triangle, or rather, quadrangle, will appear overtly melodramatic by today’s standards but is counted as one of the top hits of 1950. Raj Kapoor plays an unhappy lover in it and it’s unlike any RK film you’ve ever seen. The film had a complicated plot involving self-destructive characters. It was a musical containing several lovely songs sung by Suraiyya. Naushad composed the music.
Chori Chori (1956)Producer: Anant ThakurDirector: LB LachmanThis was the last film in which Raj Kapoor and Nargis starred together. It was an adaptation of It Happened One Night (1934). Nargis played a wealthy heiress who runs away to marry the man of her dreams and Raj plays a reporter with a nose for a scoop. This part road movie, part romantic comedy had some great songs composed by RK favourites Shankar-Jaikishan and was declared a musical hit.
Andaz (1949)Producer: Mehboob KhanDirector: Mehboob KhanAndaz, starring Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Nargis was a casting coup of sorts. The film was a love triangle, what with both young men thinking that the girl has fallen for them and the ensuing misunderstanding that occurs leads to tragic circumstances. All the three leads were in fine forms as far as acting is concerned and their reaction shots to each other makes for compelling viewing even now. The film had fabulous music by Naushad.
Sharada (1957) Producer: LV PrasadDirector LV PrasadThe film was miles ahead of its time and its subject would appear shocking even today. Raj Kapoor and Meena Kumari love each other. Raj meets with an accident and is unaccounted for a large amount of time. Upon his return, he learns that Meena has married a much older man who happens to be his father. The fact pushes him towards alcoholism even as Meena tries to rehabilitate him. It had fine tragic performances by both leads.