Yep. It's his birthday today.
What do I say of his particular brand of awesomeness?
I could talk about how he makes khaki look couture . . .
How he wears an Errol Flynn mustache with a surprisingly quiet bravado . . . and knows how make naughty look awfully nice.
|I shouldn't like him in this film, but I do. (Lal Patthar, 1971)|
Or how his face makes me want to spill all my troubles. . . .
|Lal Patthar (1971)|
But tonight, I'll just say, that among the stars of the 60's and 70's, I have no category for Raaj Kumar-ji. He was completely himself. Not exactly a masala hero, nor a typical romantic lead . . . not really the perfect man, but not exactly suited for proper villainy, either. He wasn't in as many films as I could hope for, so I cherish each one I see. Later this week I'll be sure to review one OR three of his films, to celebrate his legacy.
Thank you, Raaj-Kumar-ji!