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Rightly described as a megastar, producer, director, actor and all-round showman, Raj Kapoor has permanently carved for himself a special niche in commercial Hindi cinema. The son of actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor bagged his first film role at the age of eleven. In 1948, he set up his own studio and made his first feature film, Aag, which was followed by a series of successes, including Barsaat, Andaaz (1949), Awara (1951), Boot Polish (1954), Shri 420 (1955), Jagte Raho (1956), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Sangam (1964), Mera Naam Joker (1970), Bobby (1973), Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) and Ram Teri Ganga Maili Ho Gayi (1985). Raj Kapoor made every effort to ensure that his movies appealed to every section of society, in particular the mythical 'common man'. Film historians and buffs have spoken of him as the 'Charlie Chaplin of India', since he often himself played a tramp-like figure that despite being in adversity could still remain cheerful and honest.