Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor, who was the leading star of Hindi cinema during 1950s 60s, died of of kidney failure at the Breach Candy Hospital at 5.15 am on Sunday, 14th August. The 79-year-old dancing star had been unwell for some time and was on dialysis. He was visiting doctors thrice a week for the medical procedure.
Shamsher Raj Kapoor was born on October 21, 1931. He was the second of Prithviraj Kapoor and brothers were the late Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor were also great versatile actors. The green-eyed hero enter films as a junior artiste in 1948 and his debut as hero came in 1953 with Jeevan Jyoti.
Later, Shammi Kapoor delivered several super-hit movies 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.
Shammi Kapoor dated belly dancer Nadia Gamal from Cairo in 1953, but things did not work out and she went back to Cairo. In 1955, he met Geeta Bali on the sets of Rangeen Raaten, where he fell in love and married. He was struck by tragedy in 1965 after died of small pox, leaving Shammi with two small children. In 1969, he married his second wife Neela Devi Gohil from the former royal family of Bhavnagar in Gujarat.
The Bollywood celebrities are shocked by the sudden demise of Shammi Kapoor. Especially, his death has saddened many in Kashmir, where he is considered its biggest brand ambassador. However, the actor's funeral ceremony is being held in South Mumbai according to his family tradition today (Monday).