Bollywood legend Shammi Kapoor, now 78, ruled Hindi cinema for much of the 1960s and 1970s, and popularised a style of dancing that has since spawned many imitations. In a career spanning over five decades, he won four Filmfare awards, besides numerous lifetime achievement awards. In 2009, he was the recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke award for “lifetime contribution” to Indian cinema.
But, Shammi missed the 2010 Padma Awards despite being recommended by the government-appointed Padma Search Committee. The Padma Awards Committee, the final arbiter, deleted Kapoor’s name from the Search Committee’s shortlist of 24. Also dropped were the names of tennis star Leander Paes, Drupad singers the Gundecha brothers, and painter S.G. Vasudev.
This information was disclosed on February 24 to Subhash Chandra Agrawal, who filed an RTI (Right to Information) application with the Home Ministry seeking to know the procedure adopted for this year’s selection.