The world celebrated iconic Shammi Kapoor’s 87th birthday on 21st Oct.2018 posthumously. In his life, he incarnated himself as a hero of his time in showbiz. His unique style and body language caught the attention of masses, and people loved his attitude and performance.
Born in a family of legendary actors, the genes of acting was already in him. Shammi Kapoor was the son of the great cinema icon, Prithviraj Kapoor, who was a pioneer of Indian theatre and the Hindi film industry. The sibling of Great Hero, Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor rose to success and fame in showbiz industry from 1950 to 1980.
Shammi Kapoor got a career break in Jeevan Jyoti, released in 1953, but it did not grab the attention of audiences. Initially, he faced a lot of criticism for his acting. The failures did not deter his determination to give his best. His real cinema career got kickstarted with his amazing performance in Tumsa Nahin Dekha, that stole the hearts of millions of audience. It proved to be an important milestone changing his career graph in an upward direction. There was no looking back for the next decade in Bollywood…and his blockbuster movies, Dil Deke Dekho, Singapore, Junglee, College Girl, Professor, China Town, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya brought laurels for him, and people recognized his unique style in each of his movies…in a few years, he amassed a huge number of fan following. Even today, he is remembered for his exclusive acting style, and no one could ever replace his iconic style.
On the eve of Shammi Kapoor birthday, ZEE5 has launched a collection of 8 movies of this iconic superstar for the viewers of today and yesteryears. You can tune in to ZEE5 to watch those movies.
Pagla Kahin Ka: Shammi Kapoor played a role of a mentally challenged person. Asha Parekh was his co-star in the movie. This movie and the song, “Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paaoge” was the favorite number of Shammi Kapoor, and later when mobile came into existence, he set this song as the ringtone. It was a sad movie, and the Indian audience was not so happy to watch their enthusiastic actor portray such a tragic character. It wasn’t a blockbuster at the box-office, but still, people do remember this movie.
Dil Deke Dekho: Shammi Kapoor was in a comic role in this evergreen film, and it was one of the greatest hits of the 20th century at the Box-office and paved the way of success for the icon in a comic role. His dancing moves caught the attention of the audience. His dance moves were so crazy for that time period that some even compared to Elvis Presley.
Junglee: In Junglee Shammi Kapoor dawned a new energetic character which contradicts his otherwise subtle way of acting. This movie gave a new dimension to his acting skill. It was one of the most significant hits of Shammi Kapoor. The audience was amazed by his performance in this light-hearted musical movie. Shammi portrayed his character so flawlessly that even today people just can’t enough of his acting skills. Still, the tag “Yahoo” and the song “Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe” is gonna be remembered for generations to come.
Kashmir Ki Kali: It was a blockbuster romantic movie of Shammi Kapoor. Sharmila Tagore played the lead heroine against Shammi Kapoor. The elegance and the grace of both the actors under the backdrop of Kashmir stole the heart of millions. Kashmir Ki Kali was a great hit at the box-office, and even today, it is recalled as one of the iconic movies of the 20th century.
Shammi Kapoor unusual style aided him to become the heartthrob of our nation. He is an asset to our Indian Cinema, and ZEE5 pays their tribute by introducing his iconic movies of different genres and different time period.