#GaneshChaturthi: Kapoors keep up with tradition, probably for last time
While the iconic RK Studio in Mumbai is up for sale, it hasn't stopped the Kapoors from celebrating the annual festival of Ganesh Chaturthi there. For years now, RK Studio has been staying true to the long-standing tradition of welcoming the elephant-headed Lord, and this year, despite everything they did the same. However, this might be the last year of celebrations in the studio.
Rishi Kapoor tweets the beginning of the annual celebrations
Studio was hit by fire last year, Rishi confirmed selling
In August, Rishi Kapoor confirmed the family has decided to sell RK Studio, established by Raj Kapoor. Notably, last year, a major fire at the studio had caused a lot of damage. Iconic props like Raj Kapoor's 'Mera Naam Joker' mask, the piano used in 'Awara' and costumes worn by Nargis and Vyajanthimala turned into ashes. Rishi said the family took the decision with a heavy heart.
Rishi highlights why renovation of studio isn't a good idea
Rishi said the decision was taken after learning that the studio's renovation would still not bring in enough revenue to keep the establishment running. Further, he said, "With the state of the roads and traffic today, no actor comes to Chembur to shoot in this studio. They'd rather go to Film City. So, with a very heavy heart, we've decided to let it go."
RK Studio was home to many legendary films and events
The studio was founded in 1948 along with the RK Films. The studio gained recognition overtime with films like 'Barsaat' and 'Awara', being shot there. Notably, Holi and Ganesh Chathurthi were celebrated pompously in the studio with actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, basking in the festivities. Interestingly, the studio was where the reception of Rishi and Neetu Kapoor was held.
Separately, other Bollywood celebrities welcomed Lord Ganpati too
Meanwhile, other Bollywood celebrities have poured their wishes on the auspicious occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi. From Jeetendra and son Tushaar's Kapoor's house to Mukesh Ambani's posh mansion, Ganpati has been given a grand welcome in the celebrities' homes. The 11-day festival starts today and despite actors' hectic schedule, they sure made time to seek Ganpati's blessings. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone!