Shammi Kapoor
Shammi Kapoor

Shammi Kapoor (born Shamsher Raj Kapoor; 21 October 1931 – 14 August 2011) was an Indian actor and movie director who labored in Hindi cinema. He’s the recipient of two Filmfare Awards, profitable within the classes of Greatest Actor for Brahmachari (1967) and Greatest Supporting Actor for Vidhata (1981). In 1995, he was honored with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

A member of the Kapoor household, he made his movie debut with the commercially unsuccessful Jeewan Jyoti (1953). Following roles in continued box-office flops, he had his breakthrough with Tumsa Nahi Dekha (1957), which attained him the picture of a classy playboy and dancer, and subsequently gained additional recognition with Dil Deke Dekho (1959). He rose to widespread recognition with the blockbuster hit Junglee (1961), and went on to change into one of the crucial marketable Bollywood stars all through the Nineteen Sixties, showing in plenty of extremely profitable and standard movies, which embrace Professor (1962), Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), Teesri Manzil (1966), An Night In Paris (1967), Brahmachari (1968) and Prince (1969). Following his main function in Andaz (1971), Kapoor began appearing primarily in supporting roles.

Kapoor married actress Geeta Bali in 1955, with whom he had a son and a daughter. Bali died because of smallpox in 1965, and he had his second marriage with Neila Devi 4 years later. He died on 14 August 2011 because of continual kidney failure on the age of 79 simply 2 months and seven days earlier than his eightieth birthday.

Formative years

He was given the title Shamsher Raj Kapoor at his start in Bombay (now Mumbai) to movie and theatre actor Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsharni Kapoor (née Mehra).[2] Shammi was the second of the three sons born to Prithviraj (the opposite two being Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor, each profitable Hindi Movie actors). He was the primary cousin of singer, Juggal Kishore Mehra, whose granddaughter is the actress-singer Salma Agha. Thus, Shammi Kapoor is an uncle of Salma Agha.

Although born in Mumbai, he spent a significant portion of his childhood in Calcutta (now Kolkata), the place his father was concerned with New Theatres Studios, appearing in movies. It was in Kolkata that he did his Montessori schooling and Kindergarten. After coming again to Bombay, he first went to St. Joseph’s Convent (Wadala) after which, to Don Bosco College. He completed his matric education from New Period College at Hughes Highway.

Kapoor had a brief stint at Ramnarain Ruia School after which he joined his father’s theatrical firm Prithvi Theatres. He entered the cinema world in 1948, as a junior artiste, at a wage of Rs. 50 per thirty days, stayed with Prithvi Theatres for the following 4 years and picked up his final paycheck of Rs. 300, in 1952. He made his debut in Hindi Movies within the yr 1953, when the movie Jeewan Jyoti was launched. It was directed by Mahesh Kaul and Chand Usmani was Kapoor’s first heroine. He was in a relationship with Nadia Gamal, a stomach dancer from Cairo[3] and Egyptian actress, from 1953–55 after they met in Sri Lanka on an event whereas he was on a vacation journey,[4] however their relationship ended when she moved again to Cairo.

Movie profession

Shammi Kapoor debuted into Hindi movies in 1953, with the discharge of Jeewan Jyoti, starring Shashikala and Leela Mishra. Kapoor’s profession began unsuccessfully within the early Nineteen Fifties with him appearing with established actresses enjoying second fiddle in woman-oriented films: with Madhubala in movies corresponding to Rail Ka Dibba (1953) and Naqab (1955), with Nutan in Laila Majnu, with Shyama in Thokar and with Nalini Jaywant in Hum Sab Chor Hain and Mehbooba Shama Parwana (1954) with Suraiya, comedy flick Mem Sahib (1956) with Meena Kumari, and thrillers like Chor Bazar (1954), in addition to within the tragic love story Mirza Sahiban (1957) reverse Shyama.[5] From 1953 to 1957, none of his movies made him standard.

Kapoor with Meena Kumari in Mem Sahib (1956)

With Filmistan’s Nasir Hussain directed Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) reverse Ameeta and with Dil Deke Dekho (1959), he attained the picture of a light-hearted, and trendy playboy.[6] With Junglee (1961) his new picture was cemented and his subsequent movies have been all on this style viz.Romcoms. Mohammed Rafi was ceaselessly chosen as his playback voice within the films that he did. Within the Nineteen Sixties he was typically paired with new actresses corresponding to Asha Parekh, Saira Banu, Sharmila Tagore and Sadhana all of whom went on to have very profitable careers.[7] Within the first half of the Nineteen Sixties, Kapoor was seen in profitable movies like Junglee, School Woman, Basant, Singapore, Boy Good friend, Rajkumar, Professor, Dil Tera Diwana, Vallah Kya Baat Hai, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, China City, Kashmir Ki Kali, Bluff Grasp, Janwar and Teesri Manzil.

In 1968, he acquired the primary Filmfare Greatest Actor Award of his profession for Brahmachari. He made a singular place for himself within the trade as he was the one dancing hero in Hindi movies from the late Nineteen Fifties until the early Seventies.[8] He used to compose dancing steps within the songs starring him and reportedly by no means wanted a choreographer. This earned him the title of Elvis Presley of India.[9][10]

His pairing reverse Southern heroines tended to be commercially profitable. He performed reverse B. Saroja Devi in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya and Preet Na Jane Reet, with Padmini in Singapore, and reverse Vyjayanthimala in School Woman and Prince.[11] Within the late Nineteen Sixties, his profitable movies included Budtameez and Sachaai with Sadhana, Brahmachari with Rajshree, Latt Saheb with Nutan, Tumse Achha Kaun Hai with Babita, A night in Paris with Sharmila Tagore and Prince with Vyjayanthimala.

A few of his movies within the early 70’s like Preetam and Jawan Mohabbat went unsuccessful on the field workplace. Within the Seventies, Kapoor’s weight downside proved an impediment when enjoying the romantic hero, and the final such movie he performed in was Andaz (1971) costarring celebrity Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini was a success. Chhote Sarkar (1974) was a late launched movie of Shammi Kapoor and in addition his final film in a lead function. He became a profitable supporting actor within the Seventies, enjoying Saira Banu’s father in Zameer (1974), when he had been her main man a decade earlier in Junglee (1961) and Bluff Grasp (1963) and enjoying Amitabh Bachchan’s foster father in Parvarish. He additionally directed Manoranjan (1974), a film impressed from Irma La Douce and Bundal Baaz (1976). Neither have been profitable commercially although they received essential acclaim and have been hailed as classics and forward of their time.

Within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, he continued to play many supporting roles and received a Filmfare Greatest Supporting Actor Award for his efficiency in Vidhaata (1982) the place large giants as Dilip Kumar and Sanjeev Kumar performed main roles. He did a social melodrama serial referred to as Chattan aired on Zee TV for greater than a yr within the Nineteen Nineties. He ultimately reduce down on movie appearances by the late Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s with appearances within the 1999 Salman Khan and Urmila Matondkar starrer Jaanam Samjha Karo, Dev Anand’s 2001 movie Censor, the 2002 launch Waah! Tera Kya Kehna and the delayed 2006 launch Sandwich.

Shortly earlier than his dying, he made his final movie look in Imtiaz Ali’s 2011 directorial enterprise Rockstar co-starring his grand-nephew Ranbir Kapoor, the grandson of his brother Raj Kapoor.

Director Shakti Samanta directed Shammi Kapoor in six movies — Singapore, China City, Kashmir Ki Kali, An Night In Paris, Pagla Kahin Ka and Jaane Anjane (the final two have been unsuccessful) — and mentioned in an interview “I discovered Shammi to be a completely good man. Even in his heyday, he was humble.”[12]

Private life

Kapoor together with his spouse Neila Devi (2010)

Kapoor met Geeta Bali in 1955, in the course of the taking pictures of the movie Rangeen Raaten, the place he was the main actor and he or she performed a cameo. 4 months later, they married at Banganga Temple, close to Malabar Hill of Mumbai. They’d a son, Aditya Raj Kapoor, on 1 July 1956, at Shirodkar’s Hospital, Mumbai, a yr after they have been married. 5 years later, in 1961, they’d a daughter, Kanchan. Geeta Bali died from smallpox in 1965. Shammi Kapoor married Neila Devi, from Bhojapara, Gujarat, on 27 January 1969.[6][13]

In an interview in 2011, Mumtaz had acknowledged that Shammi Kapoor had proposed marriage to her, as they’d drawn shut whereas taking pictures for Brahmachari. This was submit the dying of his first spouse Geeta Bali. Mumtaz states that she had politely refused, as Shammi Kapoor needed her to surrender her profession.[14] Bina Ramani, an eminent socialite additionally claims to have had a tumultuous affair with Shammi Kapoor.[citation needed]

Shammi Kapoor was the founder and chairman of Web Customers Group of India (IUCI). He had additionally performed a significant function in organising web organizations just like the Moral Hackers Affiliation. Kapoor additionally maintained a web site devoted to the Kapoor household.[15]

Shammi Kapoor was a follower of Haidakhan Baba.[16]


Kapoor was admitted to the Breach Sweet Hospital, Mumbai on 7 August 2011 affected by continual kidney failure. His situation remained severe for the following few days and he was saved on ventilator assist.[17] He died on 14 August 2011, 05:15 am IST, of continual kidney failure, aged 79.[18][19] The funeral was held on Monday, 15 August on the Banganga cremation floor, Malabar Hill, Mumbai. His son, Aditya, carried out the final rites on the cremation. Your entire Kapoor household have been current to pay their final respects, together with his youthful brother Shashi Kapoor, sister-in-law Krishna Kapoor, grand nephew Ranbir Kapoor, nephews Rishi, Randhir and Rajiv, Randhir’s spouse Babita and grand nieces Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.[20] Bollywood personalities Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Subhash Ghai, Amitabh Bachchan, Ramesh Sippy, Danny Denzongpa, Prem Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Govinda, Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Shah Rukh Khan, Kabir Bedi and Priyanka Chopra have been amongst those that attended the funeral.[21]

To honour Kapoor, a brass statue of his was unveiled at Stroll of the Stars at Bandra Bandstand in Mumbai.


Kapoor on a 2013 stamp of India

Filmfare Awards
  • 1968 – Greatest Actor, Brahmachari[22]
  • 1982 – Greatest Supporting Actor, Vidhata[23]
  • 1995 – Lifetime Achievement Award[24]
IIFA Awards
  • 2002 – Invaluable Contribution To Indian Cinema on the IIFA.[25]
Bollywood Film Awards
  • 2005 – Lifetime Achievement Award[26]
Zee Cine Awards
  • 1999 – Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement
Star Display screen Awards
  • 2001 – Star Display screen Lifetime Achievement Award[27]
Different Awards
  • 1998 – Kalakar Awards – Particular Award for “contribution in Indian Cinema”[28]
  • 2001 – Anandalok Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Residing Legend Award by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Business (FICCI)[29]
  • 2008 – Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema on the Pune Worldwide Movie Pageant (PIFF).[30]
  • Rashtriya Gaurav Award[31]


Kapoor starred in over 200 movies in his profession. He received the Filmfare Award for Greatest Actor as soon as for his efficiency within the movie Brahmachari (1968) and Greatest Supporting Actor in Vidhaata (1982).

Additional studying

  • The Kapoors: the primary household of Indian cinema, by Madhu Jain. Penguin, Viking, 2005. ISBN 0670058378.

  • Official web site
  • Shammi Kapoor at IMDb
  • http://www.shammikapoor.web

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