Randhir Kapoor on selling RK Studios: It’s an emotional loss
After Rishi Kapoor confirmed the news of the iconic RK Studios being put up for sale, many fans including the Kapoor family are left disheartened. Numerous films including Shri 420, Boot Polish among others have been shot there, and the memories of the family and actors attached to the landmark.
Revealing the decision behind doing so, Rishi, in an interview with Mumbai Mirror had said, “The investment in rebuilding the studio would just not have yielded sufficient revenue to keep it going. Believe me, we had to take the larger picture into account and take a level-headed decision. Even before the fire, for years R. K. Studio had become a huge white elephant, toting up losses. The few bookings we would get from films, TV serials and ad shoots would expect free parking space, air-conditioning and discounts.”
what is your guys’ opinion on the Kapoor family selling off R.K. Studios? – i personally dont mind it that much. like i understand their decision and all but at the end of the day it does make me sad. it was founded in 1948 by raj kapoor, like he put so much hardwork into the films and the studio itself. so it does break my heart, but i do respect the kapoors’ decision.
After Rishi Kapoor, his elder brother, Randhir Kapoor has commented on the same. Talking to The Quint, the veteran actor stated, “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.”
“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 added.
Not only Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor are letting the iconic studio go with a heavy heart, Randhir’s daughter, Kareena Kapoor Khan, who has grown up walking around in the corridors of RK studios, feels the same.