Shammi Kapoor

Other names of Shammi Kapoor: Shamsher Raj Kapoor, Elvis Presley of India
Birthday: 21-10-1931
Date of death: 14-08-2011
Star sign: Scorpio

Shammi Kapoor: - ' Elvis Presley' of India. Shammi Kapoor was born to Prithviraj Kapoor, the patriarch of the Kapoor family who’s been an important part of Bollywood movies and to Ramsarni Mehra Kapoor as Shamsher Raj Kapoor on October 21, 1931, in Bombay Presidency, British India. He was the second of three sons born to Prithviraj Kapoor. Shammi Kapoor’s father was one of the pioneers of Indian theatre and Hindi movies. Ever since his birth, Shammi Kapoor was interested in film and theatre. He was brought up in Peshawar, Pakistan and Kapoor Haveli in Kolkata. After his education, he joined his father’s New Theatres Studio. After few months, he entered the film industry as a junior artiste in the year 1948. He made his debut with the film Jeevan Jyoti, which was directed by Mahesh Kaul. He initially started his career by taking serious roles like Naqaband Daku, later in 1957, he attained the image of light-hearted playboy through movies like Tumsa Nahin Dekha and Dil Deko Dekho. He struggled from 1953-1957. His first breakthrough movie was Tumsa Nahin Dekha. After 1959, Shammi Kapoor was on a roll.

At the beginning of 1960’s, he gave various hits like College Girl, Basant, Singapore, which was of the same genre. He was affectionately called as “Elvis Presley of India” because of his ability to choreograph the songs for his movies. In the year 1968, he won his first Filmfare Award for the movie “Bramhachari” in which he played a role of a man who runs an orphanage. In the early 1970’s Shammi Kapoor became out of shape and stopped acting in lead roles and took up character roles in movies like Zameer, Hero and Vidhaata. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie Vidhaata. He has acted in one Tamil movie alongside actor ' Karthik' in ' Amaran', which turned out to be a blockbuster. He also acted in one Malayalam movie, 'Sukham Sukhakaram' alongside ' Urvashi' (Malayalam and Tamil actress). His last movie was Rockstar where he played alongside Ranbir Kapoor (Grand-Nephew). Kapoor was a technocrat. Until his death, he maintained a website for the Kapoor family. Kapoor has 2 survivors.

Kapoor died on 7 August 2011 suffering from Chronic Renal failure. Kapoor was undoubtedly one of the earliest pioneers of Bollywood movies and took Hindi movies to a new level with his brothers Raj and Rishi Kapoor.

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