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Rakeysh Mehra On Why  Rishi  Kapoor’s Bobby Ranks As His All-time Favourite Romantic Film

Raj Kapoor’s Bobby and Guru Dutt’s Pyasa are the two romantic films that shaped and moulded Rakeysh  Omprakash  Mehra’s   view of love and life. 
 
Says  Rakeysh, “Actually . I first saw Bobby at the Regal theatre in Connaught Place in Delhi in 1973 when I was 10  with my family.Movie-going was always a big event for the family.  My father was great fan of Raj  Kapoor.And Raj Saab was launching his son in Bobby.So it was a specially important film for our family.”
 
Rakeysh  was addicted the romance of  Bobby. ” I must have seen Bobby at least ten times when it first had its golden-jubilee run.Each time, it was in the theatre and not on the small screen. I remember falling in love with the film and with Dimple Kapadia. That was a child’s amazement at a film that shaped his romantic perceptions.”
 
Then later when hr   grew up Rakeysh   saw Bobby with the eyes of  a filmmaker. “Then I saw what great filmmaking skills had gone into it. Somewhere deep down  Bobby remains entrenched in my heart. And then as filmmaker nobody can beat Raj Kapoor Saab. The whole treatment of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet was totally RK.”
 
Rakeysh   fell in love with the concept of love watching  Rishi  romance  Dimple. “Rishi Kapoor  epitomized  love romance and And Dimple Kapadia completely changed our lives.She changed the way we looked at a Hindi film heroine. She defined the very concept of a ‘breath of  fresh air.’ She was so comfortable with her sexuality. We had never seen anything like her.”
 
What   made Bobby  even more memorable for Rakeysh   was its music. “What  songs by LaxmikantPyarelalLataji at 40 sang like a 16-year old for Dimple. Music today in our films has become a tool for marketing and not a  tool for creative expression.The only better interpretation of Romeo & Juliet  than Bobby is Titanic. The sacrifice of love at the end worked for me. The forced happy ending in Bobby spoilt it for me. For me the film ends when Rishi and Dimple jumps into the river.A really great  love story must have a tragic end. Shakespeare told us this.”
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