The very Elvis Presley of India, the Yahoo star Shammi Kapoor (dubbed stylish playboy of Hindi films at other times) currency has actually grown with every passing day. Stars like Raj Kapoor enjoyed an enviable fan following in their ruling days but their aura dipped with passing time. With Shammi, it looks like the reverse has happened.
Shammi never fell into any strict category of acting; unconventional and unpredictable; it is famously said of him that he never needed a choreographer and reportedly would think of (and execute) his steps himself.
Much before Jeetendra would make his entry into films, Shammi was dubbed the dancing star of Bollywood.
He was a prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema from the Mid 1950s until the early 1970s and also made a debut in Tamil cinema with the 1992 blockbuster crime drama Amaran.
He received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1968 for his performance in Brahmachari and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Vidhaata in 1982.
Shammi Kapoor the entertainer
Shammi Kapoor is hailed as one of the most entertaining lead actors that Hindi cinema has ever produced. He was one of the leading stars of Hindi cinema during the late 1950s, the 1960s and early 1970s. He made his Hindi Film debut in 1953 with the film Jeewan Jyoti, and went on to deliver superhits.
Shammi formed a winning combination with two directors — Nasir Hussain and Shakti Samanta.
With Nasir, he gave hits like Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957), Dil Deke Dekho (1959) and Teesri Manzil (1966) and with Shakti, he delivered hits like China Town (1962), An Evening In Paris (1967) and Kashmir Ki Kali (1964).
No mention of Shammi’s legacy is complete without a mention of his hit combination with singer Mohammad Rafi. Composers like O.P. Nayyar and Shankar Jaikishan composed most of their memorable hits.
Shammi met and later married a leading actor of the day, Geeta Bali, in 1955. Together, they had a son, Aditya and Kanchan.
Sadly, Geeta died of smallpox in 1965, plunging Shammi in grief. In 1969, he married Neila Devi, from the former royal family of Bhavnagar in Gujarat.
The original Rockstar of Hindi cinema, the Yahoo Star Shammi Kapoor is best known for his energetic dancing style, unique mannerisms and histrionics which set high redefined romantic standards for the heroes of Bollywood back in the 60s.
He still owns a huge crowd till this date, being best remembered for his pompous songs and he owns many successful movies to his credit.
Shammi Kapoor is best remembered by the female audience for his charming flirting scenes and songs, and continues to remain on the top stars when it comes to romance.
Shammi Kapoor’s evergreen songs legacy
All of his song sequences were an instant hint and continue to rule over people’s souls till date.
In the era of soft classical based music and instruments, Shammi Kapoor’s rock and pop tracks gained an equal amount of popularity.
His songs indeed put the basement to Western influence in Indian music in the 1960s, which is why he is definitely considered India’s first rock star.
Here are top 10 unforgettable splendid songs of Shammi Kapoor which created a benchmark in Bollywood for ever.
Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra (Kashmir ki Kali)
Pictured on a lake of Kashmir, Shammi Kapoor was full energetic in this song. A beautiful romance with lovely lyrics describing the beauty of a shy Kashmiri girl, this beautiful song has been on people’s tongue tips since its release. The track has been voiced by the legendary Mohammad Rafi.
Isharon Isharon (Kashmir ki Kali)
Another beautiful track from the same movie, this movie is well known for some of the extremely popular and beautiful tracks of Rafi as well as a few duets aside Asha Bhosle.
Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche (Brahmachari)
The track not only brought the actress Mumtaz into limelight, but this very popular party song of 60s is also a rare duet of Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur.
Hasrat Jaipuri had penned its very popular lyrics. A rejected tune, the song was included in the album later on Kapoor’s insistence.
Badan Pe Sitare (Prince)
This song from the 1969 movie, Prince, stars Shammi Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala in the lead.
With Vyajayanthimala donning a red sparkling saree, the lyrics, Badan pe sitare lapete hue was Shammi’s cue to croon, Zara paas aao toh chain aa jaaye.
O Haseena Zulfon Wali (Teesri Manzil)
This song, from the film Teesri Manzil crooned by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle, became a raging hit with the party circuit. Picturised on Shammi Kapoor, Asha Parekh and Helen, the song was the party song of the year and has continued to be one of the must-haves in any party album.
Along with Shammi’s peppy dance, this song also had Helen dancing to the peppy beats.
This iconic song was pictured on Shammi Kapoor and Saira Banu. It is from the film, Junglee.
True to the name of the film, this song earned Shammi Kapoor the Yahoo Man title. Composed by Shankar Jaikishen and sung by Mohammed Rafi, this number remains one of the most popular numbers in the history of Hindi film music.
Aaja Aaja (Teesri Manzil)
This song was composed by R.D. Burman and sung by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle.
Picturised on Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh the song featured in the film, Teesri Manzil.
Shammi Kapoor is his usual carefree self in the song. He sheds all his inhibitions and seems to dance for the joy of it.
Baar Baar Dekho (China Town)
“Baar baar dekho, hazar baar dekho…” from the 1962 movie, China Town, was such a popular song that its renditions are still used in commercials and ad jingles.
While Ravi provided the music, the lyrics were by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the song was sung by Mohammed Rafi.
However, the other songs in the film could not connect with the audience. This black-and-white song has been picturised on Shammi Kapoor and the film’s leading lady, Shakila.
Dil Deke Dekho (Dil Deke Dekho)
This title song from the 1959 film Dil Deke Dekho was sung by Mohammed Rafi. It is a light-hearted song. In this fun number, Shammi Kapoor dances to the spirited beats in his own unique style.
Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par (Junglee)
With this song, Shammi Kapoor tries to convince Saira Banu of his true love for her, in the film, Junglee. The song is sung by Mohammed Rafi and the music has been composed by Shankar Jaikishan.