The term ‘awaara’ means rowdy in Hindi. But the (cult) film by the very name (released in 1951), made by the original Showman Raj Kapoor, has now made it to one of 100 greatest films in the prestigious Time magazine. The magazine has included this film among 20 new entries added to its list of ‘All Time 100 Greatest Films made since 1923’. The magazine also called the film as ‘a glistening showcase for Kapoor and the great India siren Nargis.’ They also added that ‘The 50s films he headlined and directed became huge hits not just in his newly freed homeland but also across the Arab crescent from Indonesia to North Africa’.
Time critic Richard Corliss described the legendary Raj Kapoor as ‘the great star-auteur of India’s postcolonial golden age of movies – Cary Grant and Cecil B. DeMille in one handsome package.’
Readers may recall that the ‘All-Time 100’ list published in 2005 saw the likes of Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, Mani Ratnam‘s Nayakan and Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa listed in it.