No, not those kind of props, but, you know, ACTUAL, props!
Along with the retrospective film series Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema, the TIFF Bell Lightbox has arranged a small display of props from various films.
They include such delicious items as one of Dimple Kapadia's dresses from Bobby:
I apologize about the glare, but the display is on the wall in the stairwell, and there wasn't a good angle to take the picture and cut the glare. What struck me about this was how tiny it was! Okay, some of you have heard my opinion that Dimple's costumes in the film were all one size too small for her, but still, I stood there looking at this dress and thinking what a wee slip of a thing she was in that film.
There's also Shashi Kapoor's jacket from Awaara (where he plays the younger, child version of Raj Kapoor's character in the film):
Some of you might want to avert your eyes for this next one, or scroll quickly to the next picture, because they also had the clown doll from Mere Naam Joker:
And Raj Kapoor's dafli:
Which of course, is from this film:
And if all that weren't enough to move me to tears, there was this:
The accordian from Sangam, as well as Raj Kapoor's famous tramp hat and shoes. I bet you'd like a close-up of the shoes, right?
Like Dimple's dress, I was struck at how small the shoes were.
And because I can't resist a chance to watch the hat and shoes in action:
If you're interested in seeing the props in the films, the TIFF Bell Lightbox will be showing them as follows:
Bobby - Sunday, August 7th at 8:15 p.m.
Awaara - Friday, July 8th at 3;00 p.m.
Sangam - Sunday, July 3rd at 12:30 p.m.
Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai - Thursday, July 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Mera Naam Joker - Friday, July 29th at 1:30 p.m.
Shree 420 - Friday, July 15th at 3:00 p.m.
I *highly* recommend checking out all the films in the Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema retrospective. It's a rare chance to see some of these films on a proper cinema screen. I went to see Barsaat yesterday, and although I've seen it maybe five times, nothing compares to the experience I had yesterday. Nothing. In fact, if I could afford tickets to every single one of these films, I'd be seeing them ALL!
(Also? I read on Wikipedia that RK Studios has all the props and sets to all their films. This may be an exaggeration, but really, if they have even a fraction of them, wouldn't it be FABULOUS to see an exhibit of them sometime? Oh, I'm telling you, FABULOUS!!)