Tribute followed by retrospective of 15 films
The Toronto Film Festival and the Intl. Indian Film Academy will host a tribute to legendary Bollywood multihyphenate Raj Kapoor on June 26.The tribute will be followed by a retrospective of 15 Kapoor films, including “Aag,” “Barsaat” and “Awara,” which will run for six weeks at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Kapoor, who died in 1988, was known for making entertaining pics with an underlying social message. Apart from India, his work is popular in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia. The Kapoors are known as the first family of Indian cinema. His father, Prithviraj Kapoor, was a renowned actor, while his brothers (Shashi and Shammi), sons and most of his grandchildren are also popular thesps. In 1987, Kapoor was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke, India’s highest film honor. The 12th IIFA awards will be held in Toronto June 23-25.