Shammi Kapoor passes away!!! An obituary by Nilanjann Nandy.

shammiji Veteran film actor Shammi Kapoor, the ELVIS of Bollywood, the heart-throb of millions, the real entertainer of the Golden Era passed away at Breach Candy Hospital, Bombay,at exactly 5.15 am today. He was 79. The actor had been admitted to Breach Candy Hospital, Bombay,  where he was undergoing treatment for Kidney failure and lung congestion.

He made his Bollywood debut  with 'Jeevan Jyoti' in 1953 and ruled the silver-screen during the late 1950s / 1960s and also the early 70's with his super-energetic performances. According to BBC, Shammi Kapoor was "one of the most popular actors of his generation, Shammi Kapoor starred in hits like Junglee, Teesri Manzil, An Evening in Paris, Chinatown and Kashmir Ki Kali.

Shammi Kapoor has more than 1 hundred films to his credit. Fans called him the "Elvis Presley of India" for his frenetic and nifty dancing.

Shammi Kapoor will forever remain as a style icon and a great star who not only popularized stylized sequences, but also brought about melodious and westernized music, Elvis style shakes and a charming screen persona that is still un-matched to this day. 

His unforgettable films include - TEESRI MANZIL, ANDAZ, JUNGLEE, JAANWAR, PROFESSOR, PRITAM, DIL DEKHE DEKHO, KASHMIR KI KALI, PRINCE, CHINATOWN as a hero and for his superb character portrayals in films like - PREM ROG, VIDHATA, MANORANJAN, MAMA BHANJA, BUNDELBAAZ, ZAMEER and SHALIMAR. His last theatrical release was SANDWICH in the year 2006.shammijiteesrimanzil

Recently he did a magnificent cameo in his grand-son Ranbir Kapoor's forthcoming film in November 2011 - ROCKSTAR.

He developed a style of his own,which was very much improvised and moviegoers flocked to the theatres just to see Shammi Kapoor's "antics and mannerisms."


shamwifeyfullWith his infectious on-screen persona and energy, Shammi Kapoor was Bollywood's first real star, say correspondents.  BBC also says that "The actor was also a keen internet buff and amongst the first Indians to have a website of his own.

Shammi was married to actress Geeta Bali who he said was the love of his live. She died of small pox during the filming of Teesri Manzil.
They have two children - a son Aditya, and a daughter Kanchan. He later married Neela Devi.

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My instrumental album (pic above) - "FLASHBACK" (Cozmik Harmony) where I've featured as AROOPRATAN, released last April 2011 features the unforgettable Shammi Kapoor number - "Tumne Mujhe Dekha" from his evergreen film - TEESRI MANZIL.

May his soul rest in Peace. Hari Om !!!

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