Legendary Bollywood heartthrob Shammi Kapoor, whose acting and dancing style heavily influenced today’s bollywood stars passed away this morning at 5:15 am. He was 79. He is survived by his wife Neela Devi, son Aditya Raj and daughter Kanchan Desai.
According to sources, he was on dialysis for the last few years and was undergoing the procedure at least thrice a week. He was on Saturday admitted to the ICU of the hospital and was on a ventilator for last fewr days. He died of renal failure this morning.
The second of the three sons born to Prithviraj Kapoor, Shamsher Raj Kapoor (who turned Shammi Kapoor during his stint at Bollywood) though born in Mumbai, spent a major portion of his childhood in Kolkata, where his father was involved with New Theatres Studios, acting in films. It was in Kolkata that he did his Montessory and Kindergarten before doing his major schooling in Mumbai.
One of the finest actors that Hindi cinema has ever produced, Shammi Kapoor was extremely versatile as an actor and was the leading star of Hindi cinema during the late 1950s as well as the 1960s. He debuted in Bollywood in 1953 with the film Jeevan Jyoti, but it was his famous yell 'Yahoo' in Junglee that signified the arrival of a rebel star against the reigning trio of his time Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar.
Hailed as 'Elvis Presley of India', he went on to deliver hits like Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Dil Deke Dekho, Junglee, Dil Tera Diwana, Professor, China Town, Rajkumar, Kashmir Ki Kali, Janwar, Teesri Manzil, An Evening in Paris, Bramhachari, and Andaz and Vidhaata. 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.