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Is it Ranbir Kapoor’s silent tribute to his ‘showman’ grandpa Raj Kapoor?

Luv Ranjan's ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar‘ poster, Is this Ranbir Kapoor’s silent tribute to his ‘showman’ grandpa Raj Kapoor and Nargis?

Among the various promotional posters of the rom-com movie musical romantic comedy ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’ (TJMM) directed by Luv Ranjan, there is one that has a unique nostalgic aura. In that poster, charming heroine Shraddha Kapoor is bending backwards and cozily resting on the macho arm of her screen-hero Ranbir Kapoor.

Those familiar with Raj Kapoor’s major-hit musical movie ‘Barsaat’ (1949) and its popular posters and the RK Studios banner logo-emblem, may recall the uncanny striking similarity. Where Raj Kapoor is shown fondly holding his heroine Nargis on his right arm in a similar fashion and has clutched a violin instrument in his other left hand.

In the poster of ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar’, which has slightly different poses with Shraddha swaying more towards the camera and Ranbir looking upwards. Also, there is no musical instrument clutched by Ranbir Kapoor in his (empty) left hand. The outspoken Ranbir has often said on record that he holds his showman grandfather Raj Kapoor saab as an iconic inspiration both for his memorable movies and the meaningful evergreen songs from the RK repertoire. This amazing innovative poster of TJMM, is it apparently a ‘silent tribute’ tribute to late showman Raj Kapoor?

Meanwhile, it’s an interesting coincidence that ‘TJMM’ is releasing during the ongoing Holi festivities current week. It may be recalled that during Raj Kapoor’s lifetime the Holi festival used to be celebrated every year, with so much colourful hungama at RK Studios (Chembur) with almost all the top stars participating in the revelry.

Co-produced by director Luv Ranjan and T-Series Films (Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar) and distributed by Yash Raj Films, the melodious songs of ‘TJMM‘ are composed by Pritam. With the blessings of his grandpa ‘showman’ Raj saab, and the love and affection of millions of fans, the romantic musical comedy ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’ releasing this Wednesday (March 8th) is expected to emerge a mega-hit. As the dazzling super-icing on the filmy cake, the movie ‘TJMM’ has none other than Raj Kapoor’s discovery Dimple Kapadia (‘Bobby’ movie) in an important supporting character. What a surreal wonderful coincidence!

–By Chaitanya Padukone

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