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MoMA Presents Retrospective Of Bollywood Legend

Written by: FFT Webmaster | December 28th, 2011

New York’s venerable cultural institution the Museum of Modern Art will present a retrospective devoted to the legendary Indian actor, director and movie mogul Raj Kapoor (1924-1988). The program, entitled Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema, will present eight films in newly struck 35mm prints during its 10 day run from January 6 to 16, 2012. Largely unknown in North America, Kapoor is revered not only in India but also throughout Asia, the Middle East, and beyond for the films he made during the Golden Age of Indian cinema. Kapoor founded RK Films in 1948, and it became the most important Hindi studio of the post-Independence era—and the one most commonly associated with the fantastically prolific and popular Indian cinema known as Bollywood. The exhibition opens on Friday, January 6, with AWAARA (The Vagabond, 1951), a modern-day version of the mythical tale of Rama’s banishment of Sita. The series will present the best known films from this Indian master of the 1950s and 1960s, whose career began in 1948 with AAG (Fire), his first film as producer and director, and continued to his final film in 1973, BOBBY, which follows the teenage son of a wealthy family who falls in love with their maid’s granddaughter. For information on the full series, visit: www.moma.org

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