Shamsher Raj Kapoor or famously known as Shammi Kapoor was a prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema from the Mid 1950s until the early 1970s. He had received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1968 for his performance in “Brahmachari” and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film “Vidhaata” in 1982.He was born on 21st October 1931 and today on his birth anniversary we the P.E.O.P.L.E. network would love to celebrate the legendary actors legacy by looking at 3 most unknown facts about the actor.
- Shami Kapoor wasn’t launched as a Star Kid
Contrary to what we see today happening in the Hindi film industry today where everyday we are seeing a new star kid being launched with big film projects to kick off their career, Shammi Kapoor didn’t receive the same treatment. Despite being the son of Superstar Pritviraj Kapoor who had a big influence in Hindi cinema, Shammi Kapoor had to struggle for years to make his mark in Bollywood. He began his career working for his father’s Prithvi The as a junior artiste at a monthly salary of ₹ 50. Just like any other employee, he changed his job after four years of experience while drawing a salary of ₹ 300 in 1952.
- Shammi Kapoor Would Experiment With Different Roles
If there is one big criticism regarding the big superstars in the Hindi Film Industry, it’s regarding the choice of roles most of them prefer to take. Male actors who are in their 50s are romancing actresses younger than half their ages is perhaps the most disturbing part of all while female actresses of the same age struggle to get proper roles. Shammi Kapoor had reached the peak of his career with several blockbuster films where he romanced many young actresses and people adored his chemistry with them on-screen. But once he showed signs of aging he did not shy away from playing characters roles over mainstream ones. A fine example of this is when Shammi Kapoor had romanced Saira Bhanu in “Bluff Master” but a decade later he went on to play her father in 1974s “Zameer”. He had also played the role of a father for Amitabh Bachchan when he was fifteen years younger than him in “Parvarish”.
- Shammi Kapoor Refused to have Children with his 2nd Wife
Shammi Kapoor married actress Neila Devi in 1969 on the condition that she would never have children. The reason for this was that Shammi Kapoor wanted to focus more and devote his time with his children from his first marriage. Shammi Kapoor had earlier married Geeta Bali in 1955. He had met her on the sets of “Rangeen Raaten” in which she had a guest appearance. They married four months after their first time meeting but due to ill fate, Geeta passed away due to small pox in 1965 leaving behind two children – 9 year old son Aditya Raj Kapoor and 4 year old daughter Kanchan. Shammi Kapoor went into depression after the loss but he gathered his strength and continued to look after his children and care for them eventually.