Shammi Kapoor

Profession: Actor and Director


Brothers of Shammi Kapoor

Raj Kapoor (Indian actor and director) (1924-1988)
Shashi Kapoor (Indian actor) (1938-2017)

Father of Shammi Kapoor

Prithviraj Kapoor (director, producer and actor) (1906-1972)

First Wife of Shammi Kapoor

Geeta Bali (1955-1965)

Mother of Shammi Kapoor

Ramsarni Devi Kapoor (1908-1972)

Second Wife of Shammi Kapoor

Neela Devi Gohil (1969)

Sister of Shammi Kapoor

Urmila Sial Kapoor

Affairs/Girlfriends of Shammi Kapoor

Nadia Gamal (Egyptian belly dancer and actress, 1953-55)
Bina Ramani (socialite, 1968)
Mumtaz (Indian film actress, 1968)

Favourite Actor of Shammi Kapoor

Amitabh Bachchan

Favourite Actresses of Shammi Kapoor

Rajshree, Sharmila Tagore, and Asha Parekh

Favourite Film of Shammi Kapoor

Tumsa Nahi Dekha (1957)

Favourite Food of Shammi Kapoor

French Haute Cuisine

Favourite Musicians of Shammi Kapoor

Shankar - Jaikishan and OP Nayyar

Favourite Singer of Shammi Kapoor

Mohammad Rafi

Awards/Honours of Shammi Kapoor

1968 : Filmfare for Best Actor (Brahmachari)
1982 : Filmfare for Best Supporting Actor (Vidhata)
1995 : Filmfare Lifetime Achievement
1998 : Kalakar for contribution in Indian Cinema
1999 : Zee Cine for Lifetime Achievement
2001 : Star Screen Lifetime Achievement
2001 : Anandalok Lifetime Achievement
2002 : IIFA for invaluable contribution to the Indian cinema
2005 : Lifetime Achievement
2008 : Lifetime Achievement
Rashtriya Gaurav and Living Legend

Information about Shammi Kapoor

Imtiaz Ali's directorial venture 'Rockstar' was his last movie in which he acted.  He directed two films Manoranjan (1974) and Bundle Baaz (1976), which did not get successful.  He proved to be a successful supporting actor as Saira Banu's father in the movie Zameer (1974) and Amitabh Bachchan's foster father in Parvarish.  He was a staunch follower of Haidakhan Babaji from Uttarakhand.  The films like Junglee, Kashmir Ki Kali, Rajkumar, Janwar, Teesri Manzil, Professor, Vidhaata, Dil Tera Diwana, An Evening in Paris, Dil Deke Dekho and Tumsa Nahi Dekha, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Preet Na Jane Reet, College Girl, Prince, Budtameez, Sachaai, Latt Saheb, and Tumse Achha Kaun Hai proved super hit on the box office.  He belonged to Pathan Hindu family.  His best friend in the film industry was Amitabh Bachchan.  In the 1970s, he could not continue his film career as a romantic hero due to his overweight, and Andaz (1971) was his final such movie.  In 1968, during the shooting of the film Brahmachari, he felt close intimacy for an Indian film actress Mumtaz and proposed her for marriage, but she refused him politely as he demanded her to give up her film career.  He also acted in some television series like 'Shikast' (Sony TV) in 1996, 'Dastaan-E-Hatim Tai' (DD Metro) in 1996, 'Chattan' (Zee TV) in 1997, and 'Main Anari Tu Anari' (DD Metro) in 1998.  In 1955, he met his future wife Geeta Bali during the shooting of the movie 'Rangeen Raaten.'  He worked in more than 50 films as the lead actor and appeared in over 20 films as a supporting actor.  In 1931, his brother Devi died due to pneumonia and another brother Nandi also died in the same year due to the swallowing of poison (rat pills) strewn in the garden.  He was the cousin of Jugal Kishore Mehra (singer), whereas Salma Agha (actress-singer) was his niece.  Did Shammi Kapoor drink alcohol?: Yes  His wife Geeta Bali died due to smallpox in 1965.  On 14 August 2011, he died due to chronic renal failure in Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai.  In 1948, he worked as a junior artist, on ?50 monthly salary, in his father Prithviraj Kapoor's theatrical company for more than 4 years.  From the 1950s to the early 1970s, he was the only glamorous dancing hero in the Hindi film industry and earned the name 'Elvis Presley of India' as he himself composed the dancing steps for the songs starring him.  In 1930, his father Prithviraj Kapoor came to Bombay to start a career in the film industry.  According to Shammi, it was comfortable and easy for him to work with the film actresses- Rajshree, Sharmila Tagore, and Asha Parekh.  Did Shammi Kapoor smoke?: Yes  Shammi liked to share the stories of his career and family with his fans through self-made online videos. 


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