Bollywood’s iconic actor, known as the rebel star and the first Dancing Hero, is no more. He was the son of legendary actor Prithvi Raj Kapoor and brother of Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor. He was called the Indian Elvis Presley. Shammi, 79, was admitted to he Beach Candy Hospital, Mumbai and he breathed his last on August 14 with kidney failure.
In the 60s and 70s, Shammi carved a niche for himself in spite of the big three of Hindi cinema – Dilip Kmar, Raj Kapoor and Devanand. He was the first Dancing Hero and popular with the audience. Many of his films were jubilee hits. He was so much in demand that Asha Parekh (Dil Dekhe Dekho), Saira Banu (Junglee) and Sharmila Tagore (Kashmir Ka Khali) chose to debut with him. He acted with all top heroines of his time – Sadhana, Kalpana, Nutan, Babita, Rajashree, Vimi, among others.
His most memorable films included Mujrim(1958), Char Dil Char Rahen, Raat Ke Raahi (1959), College Girl, Basant, Singapore, Boy Friend,Professor, Dil Tera Diwana, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, China Town, Kashmir Ki Kali, Bluff Master, Janwar, Teesri Manzil and Rajkumar. In 1968, he received the first Filmfare Best Actor award of his career for the film Bramhachari.
Shammi was the favorite hero of film makers Nazir Hssain and Shakti Samanta.
He actor married Geeta Bali and they had two children, Aditya Raj Kapoor and Kachana. After Geeta died in 1969, he married Princess Neela Devi of Bhavnagar.
May his sol rest in peace!