Convert RK Studios into film museum: Mumbai Congress
He suggested to Fadnavis that rather than some private buyer, the government should acquire the property at the prevailing market rates sought by the Kapoor family and the government can later convert it into a full-fledged museum.
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"This will serve the dual purpose of preserving an important part of our nation's cinematic history, culture and heritage while generating revenues for the government," Nirupam pointed out.
He listed the names of the some of the greatest films of all times which were shot in the RK Studios during its 70-year history and said the government must initiate steps to preserve the tremendous historical and sentimental value attached to it.
Located in a shady corner of Chembur, a north-eastern suburb of Mumbai, the studio was founded by 'The Showman' Raj Kapoor in 1948.
Ironically, the first film shot there was RK FIlms' "Aag". Seventy years later, a fire consumed the premises on September 16, 2017, spelling doom for the studio.
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Over the years, some of the most memorable films were made there under the RK Films banner like "Barsaat", "Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hain", "Awaara", "Shri 420", "Boot Polish", "Jagte Raho", "Mera Naam Joker", "Ram Teri Ganga Maili", "Satyam Shivam Sundaram", till Raj Kapoor's death in 1988.
Unlike most other studios in Mumbai, the RK Studios managed to preserve all the costumes used in its films shot here during its more than six decades of heydays.
After the fire last year, the Kapoor family has cited financial crunch to restore and revive the studio to make it a viable entity and announced its sale recently, signaling the curtains down for RK Studios.
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