Padmini Kolhapure performed in two Raj Kapoor films – like the young Zeenat Aman Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) and as the protagonist in the 1982 blockbuster Prem Rog opposite Rishi Kapoor. She talks to The Woods about her memories of the iconic RK Studios, where she has photographed for many films, which are offered for sale.
My relationship with RK is long and there are so many memories of the iconic studio and the family. There is another kind of attachment with the studio. What can I say that it is being sold? The reasons for this decision are best known to the family and there is a wise fate. Normally, such cases lead to disputes in the family, but in the case of the Kapoors they deal with it in an amicable way. They have been held in the studio for a long time. What we have are great memories of the studio.
The first time I walked into the studio I was overwhelmed when I went there to meet Raj (Kapoor) uncle in his house for Satyam Shivam Sundaram. I have such clear memories of where he was sitting. But they say that all good things come to an end. The Shivji ki Murti in itself is so iconic. Every time I went to Pune, I would say a prayer or bend my head when I passed RK Studios because of the Shivji ki Murti. If a building is to come there now, then that is something that will be missed on that road. The last time I went to the studio was for a Ganpati darshan.
Among the many memories that are connected to RK are the Holi parties, which we look forward to. I have such beautiful memories of those Holi celebrations. I also remember the preview theater, where we always watched the previews of our films. I wish that the person who develops this place will keep part of it as a studio. RK Studios was the baby of Raj Uncle.
As told to Bharati K. Dubey