Interview with Randhir Kapoor (Mumbai, India)

The Zubovsky Project
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Jessica Bachman, Interviewer |

0:00 - Introduction

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Segment Synopsis: Randhir Kapoor is introduced as the oldest son of Raj Kapoor. Since his father's death in 1988, he has served as the head of R.K. Films and Studios.

Keywords: filmmaker; R.K. Films and Studios; Raj Kapoor

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1:07 - The success of Raj Kapoor's films in the Soviet bloc

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Segment Synopsis: Randhir Kapoor talks about the popularity of his father's films in the Soviet bloc and other global markets in the early 1950s.

Keywords: Awaara; Shree 420

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3:16 - The dream merchant: Raj Kapoor brings aspirations and joy to Soviet audiences

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Segment Synopsis: Randhir Kapoor discusses why he thinks his father's films were so popular in the Soviet bloc.

Keywords: dreams; propaganda; songs; war

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5:36 - The challenges of distributing Indian films in the Soviet bloc

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Segment Synopsis: Randhir Kapoor discusses the challenges of distributing foreign films in the Soviet bloc and how things changed after 1991.

Keywords: Awaara; changes after the dissolution of the Soviet Union; Shree 420; state-controlled cinema

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9:07 - Dubbing Raj Kapoor's films/ Randhir's early encounters with Soviet culture

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Segment Synopsis: Randhir Kapoor describes how his father's films were dubbed in Russian and how the dubbing process changed over time. His also discusses his earliest encounters with Soviet culture.

Keywords: Awaara; Bombay; Dubbing; Leningrad (Saint Petersburg); Moscow; Para-dubbing; Shree 420; Tashkent Film Festival; Uzbekistan

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14:51 - The influence of Raj Kapoor's films on Indo-Soviet geopolitical relations during the Cold War

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Segment Synopsis: Randhir describes the role his father's films played in Indo-Soviet geopolitical relations during the Cold War era. He also describes the particular cultural affinity the eastern part of the Soviet Union shared with India.

Keywords: dreams; Jawaharlal Nehru; Kazakhstan; Nikita Khtushchev; propaganda; the importance of family; Uzbekistan; war

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17:15 - Soviet actors in R.K. films and the challenges of bringing them to India

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Segment Synopsis: Randhir describes how members of the Soviet circus, including a famous Soviet ballerina, were used in his father's film Mera Naam Joker. He also discusses how his father's popularity in the Soviet bloc meant that bringing Soviet actors to India was not a challenge.

Keywords: Indo-Soviet cultural exchange; Kseniya Ryabinkina; Mera Naam Joker (My Name is Clown); Soviet ballet; Soviet circus

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19:30 - Emotion has no language: the appeal of Indian films with Soviet actors in India

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Segment Synopsis: Randhir describes why his father's film, "Mera Naam Joker" (My Name is Clown), which featured Soviet actors as well as Indian ones, appealed to Indian audiences. He also discusses the use of Soviet actors in films by his uncle, Shashi Kapoor, and his fellow director, Umesh Mehra.

Keywords: Ajooba; Bombay; Eagle Films; Mera Naam Joker (My Name is Clown); Mithun Chakraborty; Shashi Kapoor; Soviet circus; Umesh Mehra; Uzbekistan

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23:10 - 1991 as a turning point/ The challenges R.K. films faced in the Soviet Union

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Segment Synopsis: Randhir describes how interest in Indian film in Russia changed after 1991. He also discusses the greatest challenge that R.K. films faced in working with the Soviets.

Keywords: challenges; interpreters; Ranbir Kapoor; television

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25:24 - Randhir's involvement in Indo-Russian cultural exchange today/ Soviet literature in India during the Cold War era

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Segment Synopsis: Randhir describes his involvement in Indo-Russian cultural exchange today. He also notes that although Soviet literature was popular in India when he was young, he was more influenced by Western culture.

Keywords: "Raj Kapoor: the Comrade Vagabond"; Indo-Russian cultural exchange; Mumbai; Russian Centre for Science and Culture; Soviet literature in India during the Cold War era; Vladmir Dementiev

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