Shammi Kapoor – Complete Biography, Personal life and achievments



Shammi Kapoor (Hindi: शम्मी कपूर, Marathi: , born 21 October 1931 in a Punjabi Khatri family, is an Indian film actor and director. He was a prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema during the late 1950s and 1960s. He passed away on the morning of August 14th, 2011. He was given the name Shamsher Raj Kapoor at his birth in Mumbai to film and theatre actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shammi was the second of the three sons born to Prithviraj (the other two being Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor), both of whom were, like their father, successful Bollywood actors. Though born in Mumbai, he spent a major portion of his childhood in Kolkata, where his father was involved with New Theatres Studios, acting in films. It was in Kolkata that he did his Montessory and Kindergarten. After coming back to Mumbai, he first went to St. Joseph’s Convent (Wadala) and then, to Don Bosco School. Shammi Kapoor finished his schooling from New Era School, at Hughes Road. Shammi Kapoor is hailed as one of the finest actors that Hindi cinema has ever produced. Extremely versatile as an actor, he was the leading star of Hindi cinema during the late 1950s as well as the 1960s. He debuted in Bollywood in 1953 with the film Jeevan Jyoti, and went on to deliver hits like Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Dil Deke Dekho, Junglee, Dil Tera Diwana, Professor, China Town, Rajkumar, Kashmir Ki Kali, Janwar, Teesri Manzil, An Evening in Paris, Bramhachari, and Andaz and Vidhaata. He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1968 for his performance in Brahmachari and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Vidhaata in 1982. Contents 1 Early Life and Entry into Films 2 Film career 3 Personal life 4 Awards, nominations and other recognition 5 Partial filmography 6 Further reading 7 References 8 External links Early Life and Entry into Films Shammi Kapoor had a short stint at Ruia College, in Matunga, Mumbai, after which he joined his father’s theatrical company “Prithvi Theatres”. He entered the cinema world in 1948, as a junior artiste, at a salary of Rs. 150 per month, stayed with Prithvi Theatres for the next four years and collected his last paycheck, Rs. 300, in 1952. He made his debut in Bollywood in the year 1953, when the film Jeevan Jyoti was released. It was directed by Mr. Mahesh Kaul and Chand Usmani was Kapoor’s first heroine. Film career Kapoor started out with serious roles but with Filmistan’s Nasir Hussain directed Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) opposite Ameeta and Dil Deke Dekho (1959) with Asha Parekh, he attained the image of a light-hearted, stylish playboy. Tall, athletic, lively, fair complexioned, green-eyed and with handsome features- Shammi was a heartthrob, and his good looks and physique complemented his image. With Junglee (1961) his new image was cemented and his subsequent films were all in this genre. He particularly chose Mohammed Rafi as his playback voice. Though in his early career he had often played second fiddle to established heroines like Madhubala in films such as Rail Ka Dibba (1953), producers now loved pairing Shammi with new heroines, and three of them became huge stars in their own right: Asha Parekh, Saira Banu, and Sharmila Tagore. Of all his heroines, he said that Sharmila Tagore, Rajshree, and Asha Parekh were easy to work with. He and Asha Parekh were paired together in four films, the most successful being the murder mystery Teesri Manzil (1966). In the first half of the 1960s, Kapoor was seen in successful films like Professor, Char Dil Char Rahen, Raat ke Raahi, Dil Tera Diwana, ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’, China Town, Kashmir Ki Kali, Bluff Master, Janwar and Rajkumar. Although nominated before, in 1968, he received the first Filmfare Best Actor award of his career for the film Bramhachari. In the 1970s, Kapoor’s weight problem proved an obstacle in his path of success and ended his career as a romantic hero. One of his last hits, in which he played the lead role, was Andaz (1971). With time, he moved to carecter roles and acted in films like Zameer, Hero and Vidhaata. In 1974, he donned the hat of a director and made Manoranjan, a film based on Irma La Douce. Two years later, he made Bandalbaaz (1976). However, both the films failed to create magic at the box office. His last appearance, as a character actor, was in the delayed 2006 film, Sandwich.Recently he has decided to act with Ranbir Kapoor, the great-nephew of his brother Raj Kapoor, in Imitiaz Ali’s next movie. Personal life Shammi Kapoor met Geeta Bali in the year 1955, during the shooting of the film ‘Rangeen Raaten’. He was the leading actor and she played a cameo. They fell in love, but since she was a year older to him and had acted with his elder brother and father, they were skeptical. Four months after they first met, they married at Banganga Temples, near Napean Sea Road of Mumbai. Hari Walia as the sole witness. They informed their parents only after their marriage. Shammi and Geeta lived a life of bliss in the coming years. They had a son, Aditya Raj Kapoor, on 1 July 1956, at Shirodkar’s Hospital, Mumbai, a year after they were married. Five years later, in 1961, they had a daughter, Kanchan. Tragedy struck in 1965, during the filming of Teesri Manzil. Geeta died of small pox, leaving Shammi with two small children. It led to a failed romance with Mumtaz, his co-star from Brahmchari (1968). In 1969, he married his second wife Neela Devi Gohil from the Royal Family of Bhavnagar in Gujarat. He was gaining weight rather significantly now and this ended his career as a romantic hero in the early 1970s. Andaz (1971) was one of his last hits. Shammi turned into a successful supporting actor in the 70′s, playing Saira Banu’s father in Zameer (1975), when he had been her leading man a decade earlier in Junglee (1961) and Bluff Master (1964) and playing Amitabh Bachchan’s foster father in Parvarish. He also directed Manoranjan (1974) a copy of Irma La Douce and in which he played a supporting role himself and Bandalbaaz (1976), but neither were successful. In the 1980s and 1990s, he continued to play supporting roles in many films and won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Vidhaata (1982). He eventually cut down on film appearances by the late 1990s and early 2000s and made his last appearance in the delayed 2006 release Sandwich. Shammi Kapoor is the founder and chairman of Internet Users Community of India (IUCI). He has also played a major role in setting up internet organizations like the Ethical Hackers Association. Kapoor also maintains a website dedicated to the ‘Kapoor family’. In 2006, he told interviewers that he goes to dialysis three times a week. Irrepressible even now, this punishing regimen has failed to depress him. Rather, he is thankful to God for giving him so much. Awards, nominations and other recognition 1962 – Filmfare Nomination as Best Actor–Professor 1968 – Filmfare Best Actor Award, Brahmachari 1982 – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Vidhata 1995 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award 1998 – Kalakar Awards – Special Award for “contribution in Indian Cinema 1999 – Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement 2001 – Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award 2001 – Anandalok Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2002 – Invaluable Contribution To Indian Cinema at the IIFA. 2005 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bollywood Movie Awards 2008 – Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian cinema at the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF). 2009 – Phalke Legend Actor Award by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Recipient of the prestigious Living Legend Award by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Indian entertainment industry. Rashtriya Gaurav Award Partial filmography Jeevan Jyoti (1953) Rail Ka Dibba (1953) Thokar (1953) Laila Majnu (1953) Nutan Ladki (1953) Gul Sanobar (1953) Khoj (1953) Shama Parwana (1954) Mehbooba (1954) Ehsan (1954) Chor Bazar (1954) Tangewali (1955) Naqab (1955) Miss Coca Cola (1955) Daku (1955) Sipahsalar (1956) Rangeen Raatein (1956) Mala Sinha Memsahib (1956) Hum Sab Chor Hain (1956) Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957 film) Ameeta Maharani (1957) Coffee House (1957) Mirza Sahiban (1957) Mujrim (1958) Dil Deke Dekho (1958) Asha Parekh Ujala (1959) Mala Sinha Raat ke Raahi (1959) Mohar (1959) Basant (1960) College Girl (1960) Vyjayanthimala Singapore (1960) Padmini Boyfriend (1961) Junglee (1961) Saira Banu Dil Tera Diwana (1962) Mala Sinha Professor (1962) Kalpana China Town (1962) Shakeela/Helen Bluff Master (1963) Shahid Bhagat Singh (1963) Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hai (1963) Pyar Kiya To Darna kya (1963) Rajkumar (1964) Sadhana Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) Sharmila Tagore Janwar (1965) Rajashri Teesri Manzil (1966) Anil Kumar Preet Na Jaane Reet (1966) Budtameez (1966) An Evening in Paris (1967) Sharmila Tagore Laat Saheb (1967) Nutan Brahmachari (1968) Rajashri Prince (1969) Vyjayanthimala Tum se Acchaa Kaun Hai (1969) Babita Sachchai (1969) Sadhana Pagla Kahin Ka (1970) Asha Parekh/Helen Andaz (1971) Hema Malini/Simi Jawan Mohabbat (1971) Asha Parekh Jaane Anjane (1971) Leena Chandavarkar Parvarish (1973) Zameer (1973) Manoranjan (1974) Zeenat Aman Chhote Sarkar (1974) Sadhana Shalimar (1978) Meera (1979) …. Raja Vikramjeet Singh Sesodia Professor Pyarelal (1981) Rocky (1981) Naseeb (1981) Prem Rog (1982) Sushma Seth Vidhaata (1982) Desh Premee (1982) Hero (1983) Urmila Bhat Betaab (1983) Sohni Mahiwal (1984) Hukumat (1987) Ijaazat (1988) Ajooba (1991) Chamatkar (1992) Sukham Sukhakaram (1994) (Malayalam) Aur Pyar Ho Gaya (1996) Shammi Kareeb (1998) Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999) East Is East (1999) Yeh Hay Jalwa Waah! Tera Kya Kehna (2002) Bhola in Bollywood (2005) Sandwich (2006) Rockstar (film) (2011) Complete Filmography [edit]Further reading The Kapoors: the first family of Indian cinema, by Madhu Jain. Penguin, Viking, 2005. ISBN 0670058378. References [1] Ahmed, Ishtiaq (Tuesday, November 07, 2006). “Prithviraj Kapoor: A centenary tribute – Daily Times”. Stockholm University. Daily Times. p. 1. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011. http://www.screenindia.com/news/shammi-kapoorl-lionheart/388339/ thirtymm.com – Celebrity Interviews – powered by React Media”The Nominations – 1962″. Filmfare Awards. Retrieved 15 December 2010. The Winners – 1968″. Filmfare Awards. Retrieved 15 December 2010. The Winners – 1982″. Filmfare Awards. Retrieved 15 December 2010. Lifetime Achievement (Popular)”. Filmfare Awards. Retrieved 15 December 2010. Kalakar Awards IIFA : IIFA Awards – Past Awards – 2000 – Winners Bollywood Awards | Bollywood Fashion Awards | Bollywood Music Awards Shammi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore honoured at Pune International Film Fest- Hindustan Times FICCI-Frames award for Kamal Haasan Environmentalist Ajay Jain awarded “Rashtriya Gaurav Award 2010””. i-Newswire. Retrieved 15 December 2010.

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