Kamal Kapoor, who was one of the most prolific actor of yester years left the world today 7 years back at the age of 90. He started his career in 1946 with a film called Door Chalen and later acted in more than 600 films of Hindi, Punjabi and gujarati language. He was the cousin of Prithvi Raj Kapoor and also acted with Raj Kapoor in films like Aag. One of his most iconic roles was Narang in Amitabh Bachchan’s Don.
Post the 60’s he usually played the roles of father and also shared screen space with Rishi Kapoor in Hum Kisi se Kum Nahi. Born in 1920 Lahore, British India, he completed his study in Lahore DAV college and post the partition lived in India. Supporting actors like Kamal Kapoor have played a very significant role in making what Hindi cinema is now. The Chacha’s and Mama’s or character artist that we have seen over a period of time on celluloid of Hindi films had a hard time getting their name out to the audience because the biggest space on the poster was taken by the HERO. Character actors have given us some of the most memorable performances or the most fun times in films as a performer who comes makes us laugh or gets us emotional and then walks back nameless out of the screen.
Absolutely no Hindi film could have been completed without character artist as the star cast of our films is usually gigantic. There are more than one actor who we failed to honour at the time but we make no such mistake today, Kamal Kapoor will always be remembered to whom who loved the films of 60’s and 70’s.