Raj Kapoor clan gathers at street naming in Canada

By Radhika Bhirani (10:13)

Brampton (Canada), June 25 (IANS) It was a picture-perfect moment. Bollywood's ultimate showman Raj Kapoor's wife, three sons, daughters and daughter-in-law were all in town for the official naming ceremony of the Raj Kapoor Crescent - a new street in a city on Toronto's outskirts known for its large South Asian population.

It was a rare moment to see Krishna Raj Kapoor, Randhir, Rishi, Rajiv, Reema, Ritu and Neetu together on the same stage as Susan Fennell, mayor of Brampton unveiled the placard of the street name at the Rose Theatre here Friday evening.

"We shall always cherish this moment. We are greatly honoured and proud that my father has been honoured miles away from India. We thank you Brampton for this love," said Randhir.

Fennell, who was dressed for the ocassion in a green and gold Indian suit, urged the big fat family to pose for a classic portrait, which she wishes to present to them on a visit to India in February next year.

Raj Kapoor's grandchildren Ranbir and Kareena too were expected to be at the event, but they couldn't make it due to their busy shooting schedules, said Randhir.

Toronto, which is currently hosting the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards extravaganza, will also organise a Raj Kapoor retrospective where a total of 15 of his iconic films will be screened including "Aag", "Awara", "Shree 420" and "Sangam". This will be held as part of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

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