Raj Kapoor birthday: From a 'Spotboy' to 'Showman' of Indian Cinema. If Raj Kapoor was alive, he would have turned 95 today. Known as the greatest showman of Indian cinema Raj was an actor, director and producer who made some of Indias most entertaining and path-breaking films. Winner of 3 National Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards, Raj Kapoor was also a two-time nominee for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his 1951 masterpiece Awaara and his 1954 film Boot Polish. The maestro was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1971 and later, with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest award pertaining to Indian cinema.
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