Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Shammi Kapoor was an Actor who was having  elated talents  and evinced it during 1950's 60's and 70's with several block buster films which provided ebullience to all the audience across the Globe.It is amazing that all the three sons of Great Pritviraj Kapoor rose to Stardom and earned identity of their own.Raj Kapoor,Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor were flowers of the same bud  and all were blessed with in-bred qualities and abilities.All of them with discretion consummated their career as actors to the extreme appreciation of the spectators.
Shammi Kapoor was born on October 21, 1931 as the second son of Pritviraj Kapoor.His original name was Sham Sher Kapoor.During the childhood days he stayed at Calcutta with his father and later moved to Bombay.After schooling and College studies he joined Pritvi Raj Theaters and worked as a junior artist.He continued in the same position for  four years and then was lucky enough to get the main role in the film 'Jeevan Jyothi' directed by Mahesh Kaul and his heroine in that film was 'Chand Usmani'.This was in the year 1953.
During the early stages he was unable to create his own style and was also in the shadow of elder brother Raj Kapoor.Some films were also flops  but that indefatigable personality tried his level best to create a style of his own and we can say that the inception was with the Nazir Hussain film 'Thumse Nahin Dekha' (1957).
Dil Dekha Dekho was another super hit.'Jungli' rose him to stardom.His gestures, mannerisms, dancing style.
elaborate sets, wonderful  lovely locations in India and abroad with melodious super hit songs- all made his films
a treat for  all kinds of audiences.
'Dil Tera Diwana', Professor, Raj Kumar, Janwar, etc were all well acclaimed films.He conquered the hearts of millions of Indians through his easy and flexible dance movements.He introduced rock'n'roll in Indian Cinema.Other than the south Indian heroines, Ashaparekh,Saira Banu and Sharmila Tagore were also his successful pairs in several films.
He worked with Salman Khan in 'Janam Samacha Karo' and acted with Sharukh Khan in 'Chamatkar'.He acted also with Raj Kapoor's grandson Ranbir Kapoor.
He married actress Geeta Bali but she had an untimely death and afterwards Shammi Kapoor married Neela Devi in 1969 who hailed from a royal family of Gujarat.His wife Geeta Bali died because of Chicken pox in 1965  and during the gap of four years till remarriage he was careless in food control and gained over weight.
He had to shift to supporting roles since he lost his charming figure.'Andaz' with Hema Malini which was a block buster film was his last film as a hero.(1971)
Shammi Kapoor gave much importance for songs and songs sequences also. There are so many Shammi-Rafi combination hit songs like 'Aaj Kal There mere Pyar ke, Oh Hasina Sulfan(Brahmachari) Sukhu Sukhu
(Jungli) Bar Bar Dekho (China town) Aaja(Teesri Manzil) which are all still enjoyed by millions.'Yahoo' the sound was introduced in the film Jungli.
He directed films 'Manoranjan' and ' Bandalbas' but were not successful and so could not establish as a director.
He had acted in a Malayalam film of Director/Producer  Balachandra Menon which was  'Sukham Sukhakaram'.
He was recipient of several awards from a number of organisations.
In 1968 he received Filmfare Best Actor award for film Brahmachari.
In 1982 he received Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1995 he was given Filmfare Lifetime achievement Award.
In 2009 he was given Dada Saheb Phalke Award.
From 1996 he was having kidney disease and was under treatment.
He left us on 14th August 2011 in the early morning at 5.15 at Breach Candy Hospital.He was 79.Anybody who has seen at least one film of Shammi Kapoor  can not forget him.He was such a charming personality.
Selected Filmography
Jeevan Jyothy
Teesri Manzil
Kashmir ki kali
Thumse Nahin Dekha
Dil tera diwana
Raj Kumar
Dil Dekha Dekho
College Girl
Boy Friend
Bluff Master
Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya
An Evening in Paris

China Town
Professor Pyarelal

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