Published On: Fri, Aug 14th, 2015

One of the legends of Indian Cinema Shammi Kapoor left for heavenly abode on this day in 2011.


Tribute to the man who ‘yahooed’ his way into the hearts of millions.

One of the legends of Indian Cinema Shammi Kapoor left for heavenly abode on this day in 2011.

Everybody remembers Bollywood’s eternal romantic superstar whose cinema still brings a smile to the face. The horse-cart drive in Yun to humne laakh haseen dekhe hain; the snow-slide in Chaahe koi mujhe junglee kahe, the helicopter-glide in Aasman se aaya farishta; the boat-ride in Yeh chaand sa roshan chehra and the club-dances in Dil deke dekho, Baar baar dekho and Aaja aaja main hoon pyaar tera have immortalized on screen Shammi’s electric energy.

His quirky dance moves and ‘Yahoo’ won million hearts back then and still is our favourite. The legendary actor was often referred to as the India’s answer to Elvis Presley.



Dharmendra, Dara Singh, Shammi Kapoor, Pran and Dilip Kumar in 2008.


He was born in 1931 and grew up working at his father’s Prithvi Theatre. His celluloid debut in 1953, Jeevan Jyoti, was a disaster—and so were a few other films that followed, in which he worked with leading heroines of the time such as Madhubala, Suraiya and Geeta Bali. But in 1957, Nasir Hussain’s Tumsa Nahin Dekha, relaunched him in a new avatar—clean-shaven, cropped hair, ready to swing. It was the movie that helped him come out of the shadows of his brother Raj Kapoor and the reigning stars of the age. Many new heroines were introduced in Shammi Kapoor’s films, including Saira Banu, Asha Parekh and Sharmila Tagore, who were to become legendary leading ladies of Hindi cinema.

Mohammed Rafi played an important role in Shammi Kapoor’s successful career as the actor chose him as his playback voice. Indeed, even in Rafi’s mellifluous voice, a lot of his most memorable songs wouldn’t have made sense without Shammi Kapoor. Ehsaan tera hoga mujh par, Dil deke dekho, Deewana hua badal, Chaahe koi mujhe junglee kahe, Yeh chand sa roshan chehra, Tumne pukara aur hum chale aaye, Aaja aaja main hoon pyaar tera, Akele akele kahan jaa rahe ho…they seemed to be tailor-made for Shammi Kapoor.

Shammi Kapoor, the flamboyant actor, will always be remembered for his lively screen-presence and unmatched talent.



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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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