Richa Chadha, Nikkhil Advani are heartbroken as RK Studio will be grounded today
Every cinephile out there knows the contribution of Raj Kapoor in the Hindi cinema. The iconic filmmaker has given some gem of the films like ‘Mera Naam Joker, ‘Satyam Shivan Sundaram’, ‘Shree 420′ amongst several others. The filmmaker had made these films under his banner ‘R.K Films’ which was established in Chembur in 1948.
Unfortunately, the banner which churned out so many memorable films will be grounded today. The Kapoors took the decision of selling-off the studio after a major fire had broken out on its premises in 2017. Godrej has bought the property and will be turning it into a multi-purpose project.
Today as the news of the studio being grounded surfaced, several Bollywood celebs took to Twitter to express their sorrow over losing the iconic studio.
Some of the blockbusters films of the 70s and 80s were shot on the RK Studio premises. Many were of the opinion that RK Studio should have been preserved but for the Kapoors it was not economically viable to renovate the studio or preserve it.
Actress Richa Chadha took to the micro-blogging site and wrote, “No personal stake in this but am feeling so heartbroken. Iconic studio! Wish the govt took steps to retain this, save it for future generations… The films made at studio contributed greatly to Hindi cinema.”
No personal stake in this but am feeling so heartbroken 💔… Iconic studio! Wish the govt took steps to retain this, save it for future generations… The films made at studio contributed greatly to Hindi cinema… #RKStudio https://t.co/tnOs1cCRoR
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) August 8, 2019
Writer-actor Sharib Hashmi expressed his sorrow by citing sher.
— Sharib Hashmi (@sharibhashmi) August 8, 2019
‘Batla House’ director Nikkhil Advani shared a broken heart emoji to express his feelings.
— Nikkhil Advani (@nikkhiladvani) August 8, 2019
In any other country, RK Studio would have been preserved and celebrated. We claim to love films but there's not a peep when an iconic studio like this is torn down to make way for apartment buildings. It's such a shame https://t.co/xgAvxGKogO
— YellowGlassDragon (@karishmau) August 8, 2019
After #RajKapoor everything went downhill for #RKStudio Should it have been protected as a special site which saw enduring movies being produced there ? Agree that his family needs the bucks. Still, so tragic. https://t.co/pianOwgJgK
— Arup Ghosh (@ArupSG) August 8, 2019
Prior to the massive fire that broke in its premise, the studio was rented for television and film shoots. Randhir Kapoor, sharing the reason behind selling off the property, had told Times of India, “My father believed in moving on with time; he always said that the show must go on, come what may. That is exactly what we did when it came to RK Studios. We all have an emotional attachment with what our father had built for us, but this was the need of the hour. The property was in good hands in the past and it continues to be in good hands even now. My best wishes are with the new owners. I hope they will respect the legacy of the land that they have bought from us.”