Shammi Kapoor was a famous Hindi film actor. He appeared in numerous Bollywood films from the late 50’s to the 70’s. He was one of the greatest actors Bollywood have ever experienced. In fact, he was one biggest entertaining stars of the Indian world of films.
Shammi Kapoor born on 21 October in 1931 in Mumbai, India. His childhood name was Shamsher Raj Kapoor. His father Prithviraj Kapoor was a famous actor of Bollywood. He spent many times of his childhood in Kolkata and Peshawar. He completed his study in Ramnarain Ruia College. After completing college he joined his father’s theater company as an apprentice.
He first appeared in the film ‘Jevaan Jyoti’ in 1953 as a minor role. Gradually he started to appear in lead roles. In 1957 he acted in ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’ and in ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ in 1959. Slowly he began to achieve mainstream popularity when he appeared in ‘Janglee’ in 1961. At that time Bollywood’s ageless actresses like Madhubala, Natun and Shyama became his co-stars.
His film ‘College Girl’ in 1960 earned huge success. He appeared in ‘Boy Friend’ in 1961, ‘Professor’ in 1962, ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’ in 1964 and ‘Janwar’ in 1965. He also became an amazing dancing star among the existing Bollywood stars. But in the beginning of the 70’s he started to deal with his weight problem and gave up acting as a romantic hero. He began to appear in supporting roles. It began with his appearance in ‘Zameer’ in 1974 in which he acted as Saira Banu’s father. He appeared in ‘Bundal Baaz’ in 1976 and thus established himself as one of the best actors in supporting role. Besides Bollywood films, he also appeared in Tamil and Bengali films.
Shammi married two times. Geeta Bali was his first wife. The couple had two children. After Geeta’s death, he married Naila Devi who was a royal family member of Gujrat. Shammi achieved Filmfare Best Actor Award, Best Supporting Actor Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award.
Shammi Kapoor on 14 August in 2011. Existing Bollywood actors still remember this genius actor and superstar even today.
Birthday: October 21, 1931
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Star Sign: Libra
Profession: Film Actor, Director
Died: 2011, August 14
Spouse: Neila Devi (m. 1969–2011), Geeta Bali (m. 1955–1965)
Children: Adtiya Raj Kapoor, Kanchan Ketan Desai
Siblings: Raj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor.
- Jevaan Jyoti(1953)
- Tumsa Nahin Dekha(1959)
- Dil Deke Dekho(1959)
- College Girl(1960)
- Boy Friend(1961)
- Kashmir Ki Kali(1964)
- Bundal Baaz(1976)