Props used in various RK banner films such as spears, sabres, artefacts, furniture and other regalia, including the Mera Naam Joker mask and clothes have been lost in the fire.
RK Studio fire: Rishi Kapoor and film fraternity mourn loss of memorabilia
Mumbai - 18 Sep 2017 11:39 IST
Not just the Kapoor family or people from the film industry, the major fire at the iconic RK Studio has saddened even members of the audience.
Rishi Kapoor is heartbroken as the fire has destroyed a number of valuables related to RK Films' yesteryear era of his late father Raj Kapoor. This also includes the iconic mask from Mera Naam Joker. While talking to daily, Mumbai Mirror, he said, "There were costumes from every RK film, from Awaara (1951) to Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999). Most of the stuff was kept neatly in trunks and some of it was even labelled."
This is not all though. "The costumes worn by every RK heroine, from Nargis to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is lost. The jewellery worn by Padmini in Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai (1960) was also stored here with a lot of love. There were spears, sabres, artefacts, furniture and other regalia used for the various shoots. The Mera Naam Joker mask and clothes," added Kapoor.
He and brother Randhir Kapoor are still to come to terms with the loss. "Dabboo (Randhir) and I couldn’t believe what hit us. This is probably why they say that one should never put all eggs in one basket. But for us, this was our father’s legacy, and it was a treasure trove," he said.
Rishi also expressed his sorrow on Twitter. “Sad A major fire broke out at RK StudiosWe have lost the iconic Stage 1 Thankfully no casualties nor injuries. All your concerns appreciated. A Studio can be built again but the loss of the irreplaceable memorabilia and costumes of all RK Films,is tragic for all. Fire took it away,” the tweet read.
Sad A major fire broke out at RK StudiosWe have lost the iconic Stage 1 Thankfully no casualties nor injuries. All your concerns appreciated— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) September 16, 2017
A Studio can be built again but the loss of the irreplaceable memorabilia and costumes of all RK Films,is tragic for all. Fire took it away— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) September 16, 2017
RK Studio was opened in 1948, and in all these years, a number of films have been shot at the studio on a regular basis. Others from the industry are also saddened by the loss. Some of them took to Twitter to express their grief.
These include the likes of Anupam Kher, Farhan Akhtar, Farah Khan, Boman Irani, Suniel Shetty, Vikram Bhatt, Rohit Roy, among others.
The fire broke out on Saturday, 16 September, afternoon and destroyed the stage one of the studio. The fire was brought under control by evening and no casualties have been reported.
Feeling terrible about the #RKStudio fire. Have unbelievable memories and life lessons about the legendary studio. Hope people are safe.— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) September 16, 2017
Just heard about the fire at RK Studios.. here's hoping no one is injured.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 16, 2017
Such sad news.. hav shot so many songs there including " happy new year 's.. iconic studio https://t.co/oRTnnxQcT0— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) September 17, 2017
Sad about the fire at #RKStudio! Hard to see history in flames. Hope all are safe....that's what matters. Even the great RK would wish that.— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) September 16, 2017
Truly irreplaceable Chintuji, breaks my heart... but the love respect & fond memories for RK Films will always remain etched in our minds! https://t.co/0tonLdRzUT— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) September 17, 2017
#Rkstudios fire will sadden everyone as its seeped in our psyche.. I have shot for months on that iconic stage no1.. ðÂÂ¢— Rohit Roy (@rohitroy500) September 16, 2017