Kapoor's Legacy RK Studios located in Chembur, Mumbai got disastrously demolished by fire on September 16, Saturday. By 2.30 in the afternoon, fire sparked and turned iconic Stage 1 set of RK studios into ashes. Security guards said they spotted smoke arousing from the building and called out the fire brigade. One of the guards said, "The shooting for television programme Super Dancer was going on last night, after which everyone left. No one was inside when the fire started," fortunately nobody was injured and no casualty was reported. Earlier Rishi Kapoor tweeted,"Sad A major fire broke out at RK Studios We have lost the iconic Stage 1 Thankfully no casualties nor injuries. All your concerns appreciated."
The vintage sets of RK Studios dated back since 1948 and was one of the finest cinematic contributions to Bollywood introduced by the legend Raj Kapoor. In a talk with Mumbai Mirror, the actor got extremely emotional explaining how the Kapoor family treasured it for so long. He said, "I still cannot believe it. I'm partially in denial even now. It's something the whole film industry is proud of as that’s the ground where a lot of blockbusters were mounted which shaped Bollywood." Rishi Kapoor opens up and talks about this emotional loss.
Rishi Kapoor further said, "There were costumes from every RK film, from Awaara to Chalen. Most of the stuff was kept neatly in trunks and some of it was even labelled. The costumes worn by every RK heroine, from Nargis to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is lost. The jewellery worn by Padmini in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai was also stored here with a lot of love. There were spears, sabres, artefacts, furniture and other regalia used for the various shoots. The Mera Naam Joker mask and clothes… Dabboo and I couldn't believe what hit us. This is probably why they say that one should never put all eggs in one basket. But for us, this was our father’s legacy, and it was a treasure trove."
Talking about how his father Raj Kapoor had not got a house of his own till Bobby released, Rishi Kapoor said,"My father didn't buy a home for his family until Bobby's success. He put all his earnings into the studio because cinema was his religion. For someone who has been frequenting the place for 63 years', it's a loss he will hardly be able to recover from."