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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Raj Kapoor studios could have been a movie museum

Our readers have their say about Bollywood, Paul Manafort's confession and race discrimination

A still from the movie Shree 420, directed, produced by and starring Raj Kapoor, with co-star Nargis. Courtesy YouTube
A still from the movie Shree 420, directed, produced by and starring Raj Kapoor, with co-star Nargis. Courtesy YouTube

With regards to your story Kapoor family to sell RK Studio (August 27), the late Raj Kapoor was the doyen of the India film industry.

He started the renowned RK Studio in Chembur, Mumbai, where he made many of his well-known moves like Awara and Bobby. The studio was also leased to other producers to make movies. RK Studios became an integral part of Bollywood’s folklore and history.

Now the Kapoor family has decided to close the studio and sell the two-acre plot. This is indeed a tragedy because the iconic RK Studio is a mine of memories of the late Prithviraj Kapoor and his three talented sons, Raj, Shammi and Shashi.

The Kapoor family is rich with stars like Rishi, Ranbir, Karina and Karishma.

The family has dominated and contributed immensely to the Indian film industry and Bollywood, on a scale unlike any other family. They should have converted RK Studio into a Kapoor family museum, with the memorabilia of their movies on show, and thrown it open to the public.

The ticket sales could have paid for the maintenance and the memories of Raj Kapoor and his glorious family and movies would have been honoured and enshrined forever.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Will Manafort’s deal finally reveal the truth about Russia?

With reference to your story Paul Manafort agrees to help inquiry into Russian election meddling (September 15), the article on the latest development of the FBI investigation into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has agreed to co-operate with inquiries into Russian election meddling, is a fascinating development.

This investigation should bring the truth to the American people and, one can only hope, finally reveal once and for all whether the allegations of Russian medding are true.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Unhealthy hiring practices should not taint the UAE

Regarding your story Job ads must not specify gender or race, says UAE ministry (September 11), yet again the UAE authorities have promptly responded to the pulse on the ground by taking notice of some unhealthy practices going on in manpower recruitment.

Your earlier editorial in on the subject was spot-on when it underscored the fact that those who come to the UAE to work do not leave their prejudices behind, but they must not be allowed to exercise them here.

No wonder the opportunity to reside in the UAE is a rare privilege that must be held as precious by all.

Mohammad Hamza, Dubai

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