On Raj Kapoor’s 83rd birth anniversary, we pay a tribute to Bollywood’s original showman and the films he made. Well, you could never disassociate the filmmaker from his women. Indeed, there have always been controversies about the way he treated the female protagonists in his films. But then again the women were in more ways than one the focus of his films. Think about it, we always remember Satyam Shivam Sundaram for Zeenat, Ram Teri Ganga Maili for Mandakini and so on. Here’s taking a look at some of the best-known ladies from Raj Kapoor’s life on screen.

(1) Mandakini:

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Like Zeenat, Mandakini’s claim to fame was the white sari albeit in a different film – Ram Teri Ganga Maili. Needless to say she was noticed so much that poor Chimpu Kapoor was completely overshadowed

(2) Zeenat Aman:

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Although Hare Rama Hare Krishna was Zeenat Aman’s first big film Satyam Shivam Sundaram is arguably her most memorable film till date. Dev Saab in his autobiography has made a veiled claim of losing her to Raj Kapoor

 (3) Dimple Kapadiya:

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The sexy Dimple Kapadia was the heartthrob of the nation at 16 when she starred opposite Rishi in Bobby. And today at 51 with films like Dil Chahta Hai and National Award winning Rudaali, she continues to charm the audience

(4) Simi Garewal:

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Simi Garewal will always be remembered as the temptress who breaks the heart of a young boy time and again in Mera Naam Joker. And like all RK heroines, white dresses are what she’s best remembered for…

 (5) Hema Malini:

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Sholay may have made Hema Malini famous. But it took a Raj Kapoor to give her the title that stuck. It was in Sapnon Ka Saudagar that he launched her and ever since the Dream Girl has reigned supreme

 (6) Nargis:

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It took Nargis and Raj Kapoor under an umbrella in Shri 420 to epitomise the image of love in Bollywood. His muse and allegedly the love of his life, Nargis continues to remain in our collective memory essentially because of this one scene

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