Actor Shammi Kapoor passes away

Shammi7Veteran actor Shammi Kapoor (79) passed away Sunday morning at 5:15 am. He was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital and was suffering from chronic renal failure.

He is survived by his wife Neela Devi, son Aditya Raj and daughter Kanchan Desai. He was one of the three sons of actor Prithviraj Kapoor; the other two being actors Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor.

He was a renowned actor of Hindi cinema in the 1950s and 60s known for films like Junglee, Kashmir ki Kali, China Town, An Evening in Paris and Janwar. He made his debut in 1953 with the film Jeevan Jyoti.

The 79-year-old legend, who was often compared to Elvis Presley due to his looks, breathed his last on Sunday morning, family sources said.

The funeral will take place on Monday morning, they informed.

For the last few years, he was undergoing dialysis for three days a week.

Born Shamsher Raj Kapoor on October 21, 1931, Kapoor was the middle son of veteran theatre and film actor Prithviraj Kapoor and younger brother of showman Raj Kapoor.

Despite his family background, Shammi’s entry into Bollywood was initially not successful even though he worked with major heroines like Madhubala in Rail ka dibba, Suraiya in Shama Parwana and Nalini Jaywant in Hum Sab Chor Hai.

His initial movies flopped at the box office. He reinvented himself with Tumsa Nahi Dekha cutting his hair in the famous duck-tail style of the 50s and never looked back since then.

With the success of Junglee in 1961, an entire decade reeled under its colourful impact.

Shammi heralded the swinging 60s and a large part of his appeal was primarily due to the immensely catchy and upbeat numbers like “Suku Suku”,”O Haseena Zulfo wali”, “Aaj kal tere mere pyar ke charche”, “Aaja Aaja Main hoon Pyar tera” where he was at his boisterous best.

Even though success came with light weight tales like Kashmir ki kali, Rajkumar, Jaanwar and An evening inParis, his performances in flicks like Junglee, Badtameez, Bluff Master and Pagla Kahin Ka, Teesri Manzil, Brahmachari silenced his critics.

Andaz released in 1971 was his last movie as a leading man but his character roles in Vidhata, Hero, Prem Rog were well received.

Shammi was a computer aficionado and his last years were veered towards spiritualism.

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One Response to “Actor Shammi Kapoor passes away” »

  1. Comment by Indira Kohli — August 15, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    I am so SAD !!!

    He was my favourite- the most flamboyant, handsomest star ever !

    Rest in peace Shammiji. Love you forever.

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