Date – April, 1961.
Related Category – Indian Film Industry
Caption – Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar exchange greetings on Eid day at the R. K. Studios. Raj gave a party that night.
Racing against time to complete “Nazrana” for Venus Pictures, Raj Kapoor was held up in Madras during Holi and missed all the fun and gaiety. But he made up for it at Ramadan’s Eid.
On Eid night he gave a dinner at his house. The party served a double purpose—to celebrate Eid and to bid farewell to Dr. Edward Hais, Representative of Czechoslovak Films, and Mrs. Hais. Dr. Hais has been in Bombay for several years and has been popular with members of the film industry.
Shooting at R. K. Studios for Reuben, Dubey Productions’ “Aashiq”, Raj, however, came home late for his own party.
On their way to the party some of the guests, Dilip Kumar, Balraj Kohli, Pran and music-director Shanker, dropped in at the Studio to see Raj, who was in the middle of an emotional shot.
Raj and Dilip exchanged Eid greetings. Dilip also chatted for a few minutes with Padmini, and then, turning to Raj, he said: “I had better hurry to your house and hold the fort till you come.”
Among others at the party were: Dr. and Mrs. Hais, who were the chief guests, Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor and his wife, and Vijayalakshmi, Shubha Khote, Bunny Reuben and Vijay Kishore Dubey, Kumari Naaz who had come earlier to the R. K. Studios to wish Raj “A Happy Eid,” David, Jairaj, Shailendra, Vishwa Mehra, Inder Raj Anand and Nirupa Roy.
Highlights of the party which went on till the small hours were a discussion on film-making between veteran Raj Kapoor and newcomer Shailendra; a song session in which Dilip Kumar sang accompanied by music-director Shanker on the piano; a discussion on acting between Shammi Kapoor and his brothers; and a lavish dinner prepared by Raj’s wife, Krishna.