Raj Kapoor Death Anniversary: These Russian actresses have worked with Raj Kapoor, where are you nowadays?
I thought it would be very interesting if we talked to Senia about Raj Kapoor and his experience working with her. But it was going to be very difficult to find out about them.
When I asked Russian actress and famous ballet dancer Kseniya Rebankina if you could speak anything in Hindi, she said this line in response. Senia has worked in Raj Kapoor's famous 1970 film Mera Naam Joker. In the film, he played the role of a dancer working in a circus who falls in love with Raju (Raj Kapoor).
I thought it would be very interesting if we talked to Senia about Raj Kapoor and his experience working with her. But it was going to be very difficult to find out about them. Where is she now, what does she do and would she like to talk to me or not, because despite her famous role in 'Mera Naam Joker', Senia has disappeared from Hindi films.
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I also tried to get in touch with the Kapoor family and wanted to know from their son and famous actor Rishi Kapoor whether he was in touch with Senia but Rishi Kapoor replied that at the moment he did not have any information related to Senia.
Then I contacted the BBC Russian Service and they finally found out the number of Senia. I hesitated and messaged her on the phone asking if she would like to talk to us about Raj Kapoor.
Within half an hour of sending the message, his reply came, "I will be very happy to talk about Raj Kapoor but at the moment I am in Italy and celebrating holidays. You can call me after three-four days By then I will return to Moscow and talk to you leisurely. "
When I called him a week later, he spoke to me in very broken English and said, "See, my English is very bad. How can I talk to you? I speak Russian."
I replied that you at least speak poor English, but I cannot speak even a single word of the Russian language, so I will be forced to speak in English.
I gave him permission to speak broken English which he happily accepted and our conversation started.
Senia currently lives in her native Russia and at the age of 74, she has kept her hobby of ballet dancing alive.
Meeting Raj Kapoor
Senia said that she was 24-25 years old when she met Raj Kapoor for the first time. Raj Kapoor was preparing for 'Mera Naam Joker' and was in Moscow. One evening, he saw Seniya's ballet dance and was impressed by him.
He proposed to Senia to act in his film. Senia was known by the name of Raj Kapoor because his films 'Awara' and 'Shree 420' were very popular in Russia and their songs used to be humming by the Russian people. Senia accepted the offer and she came to India to shoot.