Aah Shammi Kapoor ……….” Tum Sa Nahi Dekha ” !!


Shammi Kapoor
MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA          NOVEMBER 16 , 2011          08.15 P.M.

When I got the news of Shammi Kapoor‘s sad demise on August 14 , 2011 at the age of 79 , flood of memories engulfed me and inundated me completely . Though , initially , I was not a huge fan of Shammi Kapoor , but later on , as I watched his films and understood his importance in Hindi films , I succumbed to his charm completely.

That golden era  of Hindi films belonged to film industry’s towering triumvirate ; Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor . Like other youngsters of my age , I was very much enamoured by the trio . So naturally for me , Shammi Kapoor was nowhere in the picture . While in school and college , I was intrigued by the fact that whenever any new film of Shammi Kapoor used to hit the cinema halls, class – rooms wore deserted look and seeing the empty class , our irritated teachers used to say few nasty words for Shammi Kapoor because majority of the boys had no quam in bunking the class for the first day , first show of a Shammi Kapoor film . I got intrigued and decided to uncover the persona and unravel the mystique of Shammi Kapoor , the dancing star , the rebel star . I started watching his films and to my amazement , realized that Hindi Cinema doesn’t belong to the above mentioned triumvirate alone but it consists of the quartet ; Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand , Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor . Without these four one cannot even think of Hindi cinema .

I took this picture when he paid a visit last ...

Dilip Kumar

With Dev Anand in His Office

With Dev Anand in His Office

In those days of my asinine childhood and carefree adolescence , Dilip Kumar symbolized romance and pain of the Nehru era , while Raj Kapoor was the face of Nehruvian socialism . Dev Anand represented urbane and educated youth of this nascent nation . Shammi Kapoor was unique because he gave face and voice to the aspirations of the emerging middle class youth . His first hit ” Tum Sa Nahin Dekha “ came in 1957 . It was the year of second general election also . First general election was held in 1952 .  So after testing democracy for five years , youth of India were bubbling with enthusiasm and ” I don’t give a damn ” kind of attitude . Their aspirations , their liking for good clothes and better life – style was palpable and Shammi Kapoor Saheb represented these feelings to the fullest . And naturally he became icon of the liberated youth of the nascent , new and emerging democratic India .It is not for nothing that he is called Rebel Star and Dancing Star of Hindi films .

So obviously , when I heard the news of his demise , an era ended for me . One more chapter of my growing years was lost completely .  I wanted to write the obituary  immediately but I thought that best moment to pay my last respect would be on the occasion of the release of his last film ” Rockstar “ . Ranbir Kapoor starrer ” Rockstar “ got released on November 11 , 2011 and it created history . It became legendary Shammi Kapoor‘s last film. It signals the end of one of the most glorious chapters of Hindi Cinema . It brings curtain down on the memories of legendary Shammi Kapoor . One more icon of my childhood left the world finally and ” Rockstar “  is the cruel reminder of that fact . The journey , which started with ” Jeevan Jyoti ” [ 1953] , ended with ” Rockstar ” [ 2011 ] . It is 58 years long , gigantic and glorious reel journey .

Shammi Kapoor in Teesri Manzil

Shammi Kapoor in Teesri Manzil

Shamsher Raj Kapoor , better known as Shammi Kapoor started his career with ” Jeeva Jyoti ”  [ 1953 ] , a film directed by Mahesh Kaul , who incidentally , years later gave break to Hema Malini inSapno Ka Saudagar ”  , who incidentally was his last romantic lead in ” Andaz ” [ 1971 ]. Chand Usmani was Shammi Kapoor’s first heroine in ” Jeevan Jyoti ” .

” Rail Ka Dibba ” [ 1953 ] , ” Laila Majnu ” [ 1953 ] , ” Shama Parwana ” [ 1954 ]  ,  ” Chor Bazar ” [ 1954 ] , ” Miss Coca Cola ” [ 1955 ] , ” Daku ” [ 1955 ] , ” Mem Sahib ” [ 1956 ] , ” Rangeen Ratein ” [ 1956 ] , ” Mirza Sahiban ” [ 1957 ] , ” Mujrim ” [ 1958 ]  and ” Char Dil Char Rahen ” [ 1959 ]  “ came in quick succession and most of them bombed miserably .

Teesri Manzil

Shammi Kapoor in Teesri Manzil

Very few hits and 18 flops later, Shammi Kapoor became a major star with ” Tumsa Nahi Dekha ” [ 1957 ] , ” Dil Deka Dekho ” [ 1958 ] and ” Ujala ” [ 1959 ] . After this there were blitzkrieg of hugely successful films like ; “College Girl ” [1960 ] , ” Singapore ” [ 1960 ] , ” Boyfriend ” [ 1960 ] , ” Junglee ” [ 1961 ] , ” Dil Tera Diwana ” [ 1962 ] , ” Professor ” [ 1962 ] , ” China Town ” [ 1962 ] , ” Bluff Master ” [ 1963 ] , ” Rajkumar ” [ 1963 ] , ” Kashmir Ki Kali ” [ 1964 ] , ” Janwar ” [ 1965 ] , ” Teesri Manzil ” [ 1966 ] , ” Budtameez ” [ 1966 ] , ” An Evening In Paris ” [ 1967 ] , ” Laat Saheb ” [ 1967 ] , ” Brahmchari ” [ 1968 ] , ” Prince ” [ 1968 ]  , ” Tum Se Accha Kaun Hai ” [ 1969 ] , ” Sachchai ” [ 1969 ] , ” Pagla Kahin Ka ” [ 1970 ] , ” Andaz ” [ 1971 ] , ” Jawan Mohabbat ” [ 1971 ] , and ” Jaane Anjane ” [ 1971 ] . After last mentioned film , he stopped playing romantic lead .

Shammi Kapoor in Kashmir Ki Kaali

Shammi Kapoor in Kashmir Ki Kaali

There after he started playing character roles and created some major milestones as well , ” Zameer ” [ 1974 ] , ” Manoranjan ” [ 1974 ] , ” Bundal Baaz ” [ 1976 ] , ” Parvarish ” [ 1977 ] , ” Shalimar “[ 1978 ] , ” Meera “[ 1989 ] , ” Rocky “[ 1981 ] , “Naseeb “[ 1981 ] , “Prem Rog “[ 1981 ] , ” Vishaata “[ 1982 ] , “Desh Premi “[ 1982 ] , “Hero “[ 1982 ] , ” Betab “[ 1983 ] and finally ” Rockstar “[ 2011 ] .


Among the above mentioned films ; ” Manoranjan ” [ 1974 ] and ” Bundal Baaz ” [ 1976 ] were his directorial ventures .

I consider myself fortunate that of the quartet of Dilip Kumar , Dev Anand , Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor , I Could meet all the three barring Raj Kapoor . In early 90s I had written a serial ” Mitti Ke Diye “ and along with my director , went to Shammi Kapoor Saheb‘s Malabar Hills apartment to narrate the story to him . We reached his Blue Heaven apartment in the morning and were ushered into his room . He was working on his computer . He greeted us warmly , told us to sit down and ordered tea for us .I narrated the story in trembling voice and to my utter shock and dismay he liked the story and agreed to work in the serial immediately .

The serial was not made because of my bad luck . But I still remember his towering personality , his booming voice and benign smile . He made me feel important , though he had achieved gigantic successes and I was a struggling nonentity . After some years I again bumped into him at the marriage reception of grand – daughter of legendary singer Mukesh . After that I could not meet or see him . I followed him on twitter , though . And then came the news of his illness and the death .

I feel blessed to meet you sir . I imbibed your spirit , your love and zest for life . I got your blessings and I know that it will guide me in the slippery world of film industry . Farewell sir ! I will definitely meet you in heaven to learn cinema from you . Till then , rest in peace sir !

There shall never , ever be another Shammi Kapoor .

VIDUR

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Vidur’s Film Diary – August 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 07 , 2011             06. 00 P.M.

This is the 28th edition of my film diary.

Priyanka Chopra has become a singer and her debut album was released by Universal Music Group and Desi Hits.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge entered 825th week of uninterrupted run in the first week of August.

After some box office duds , Salman Khan starrer ” Boduguard “ took the nation by storm. It is now the biggest first day grosser of all times as for as Hindi films are concerned .

As usual , to show trends of the industry , I am reproducing relevant tweets from the twitter handles of two eminent trade analysts ; Mr. Komal Nahta and Mr. Taran Adarsh.

Komal Nahta
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CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE is a dull fare which will nt b able to repeat its success story of d small screen. Review: http://bit.ly/p5mhUf
Komal Nahta
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Bodyguard nets a record breaking Rs. 21 cr on opening day. It will easily cross d 70 cr mark in 1st weekend. Report: http://goo.gl/KLa3a
Komal Nahta
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Bodyguard box-office: The Salman Khan starrer nets a superb Rs. 83.50 crore over the 1st weekend. Report – http://bit.ly/qkLJjg
taran adarsh
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 Business Talk with Taran Adarsh: ‘Singham’ & ‘Z.N.M.D.’ emerge gigantic hits bit.ly/3Ozjuw
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 Overseas B.O.: ‘Z.N.M.D.’ continues to dominate… ‘Aarakshan’ & ‘Bodyguard’ keenly awaited bit.ly/CmbT0
taran adarsh
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Not A Love Story: Started on a weak note. Business did increase marginally at few places, but the jump was missing. Overall, poor.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Chatur Singh 2 Stars: Despite starring well-known stars, fetched a shockingly low start and remained poor all through the weekend. Flop.
taran adarsh
taran_adarshtaran adarsh

Like I had predicted yesterday afternoon, the 1st day estimates of ‘Bodyguard’ are 20 cr + nett. Almost 21 cr, as per early tracking.
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Okay, here are the *actual* figures of ‘Bodyguard’ in India on Wednesday: Rs 21.51 cr nett. That’s a new record!
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#Bodyguard – Friday *rough estimates* Rs 13.5 cr. 3-day total stands at Rs 54.5 cr nett. Sat should be big, Sun should be bigger.
taran adarsh
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Bodyguard actuals: Wed 21.60 cr, Thu 19.50 cr, Fri 14.08 cr, Sat 15.07 cr, Sun 18.68 cr. Total 88.93 cr nett.
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Obituary :
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Shammi Kapoor : On August 14 , 2011 , with the death of Shammi Kapoor , not only an artiste was dead , but an era ended. This glorious era started in 1953 with ” Jeevan Jyoti ” , a film which he signed first but ” Rail Ka Dibba  “ was released first in the same year. This era will soon be part of history with the release of ” Rockstar “ in 2011 .
I am just mentioning about Shammi ji here . I will soon write a separate blog on him and his 58 year long career.
Shanti Das :  Well known art director Shanti Das died in Mumbai on August 14 , 2011 . He had worked with Shammi Kapoor in many films and its an uncanny coincidence that he died on the same day .
In his 40 year long career he worked in 200 films with stalwarts like ; Raj Kapoor , Bimal Roy , Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Subodh Mukherjee . Shammi Kapoor’s ” Junglee “ was his first big hit . He won many Filmfare award for his films and he got Dada Sahab Phalke Award also in 2000.
Samir Chanda : Another eminent art director Samir Chanda died on August 18 , 2011 in Mumbai. He was only 54 at the time of his death. He began his career with Subhash Ghai’s ” Ram Lakhan “ and continued till “ Black & White ” . His other works were ” Raavan ” , ” Rang De  Basanti “ and ” Delhi 6 ” . It is sad that a promising life ended at such a young age .

Shandar Amrohi : The elder son of film – maker Kamal Amrohi and step son of legendary Meena Kumari died in Goa on August 21 , 2011 at the age of 68.
Shandar Amrohi worked as an actor in ” Razia Sultan “ , a film directed by his father Kamal Amrohi . Though his acting career was short – lived. At the time of his death he was in Goa shooting a music vedio in memory of his stepmother Meena Kumari .
Barkha Roy was penning his biography ” Nowhere To Somewhere ” , which is now complete .

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New Hindi Film Releases & Me :

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First Week – August 05

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1 – I Am Kalam……………………………………………….x

2 – Chala Mussaddi – Office Office……………………….Vinay Jain

3 – Hair Is Falling…………………………………………….x

4 – Mr. Majnu………………………………………………….x

5 – Aagaah The Warning…………………………………….x

6 – Just 47 – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai…………………………x

Second Week – August 12

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1 – Aarakshan…………………………………………………..Saif Ali Khan

2 – Phhir………………………………………………………….Rajneesh Duggal

3 – Milta Hai Chance By Chance……………………………x

Third Week – August 19

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1 – Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande………………………………..Preeti Jhangiani

………………………………………………………………………..Narendra Jetley

2 – Chatur Singh – Two Star……………………………………x

3 – Not A Love Story…………………………………………….x

Fourth Week – August 26

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1 – Shabri…………………………………………………………x

2 – Yeh Dooriyan……………………………………………….x

3 – Chitkabrey – Shades of Grey…………………………….x

4 – Stand By……………………………………………………….Hazel Croney

Fifth Week – August 31

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1 – Bodyguard…………………………………………………….Kareena Kapoor

………………………………………………………………………..Hazel Keech

………………………………………………………………………..Katrina Kaif

………………………………………………………………………..Alvira Agnihotri

2 – Bol………………………………………………………………..x

3 – Mummy Punjabi………………………………………………Divya Dutta

…………………………………………………………………………Viraf Patel

………………………………………………………………………….Urvashi Gandhi

………………………………………………………………………….Michael Joseph

4 – That Girl In Yellow Boots……………………………………x

5 – Bas Ek Tamanna………………………………………………..Samir Aftab

In total ……………………. 21 ………………. films got released in September. Out of these ………………………..21 ………………. films , ………………. 15 …………………… actors trained by me were working  in………………… 08 ………………..films . Out of these …………………… 15 ………… students  ………..14 .……………….are actors and ………………………….01 ……………. Alvira Agnihotri is co – producer of Bodyguard .

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Sameer Soni is appearing in a new show ” Parichay – Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka “ on Colors TV .

2 – Aryamann Seth is appearing in a show ” Preeto “ on Imagine TV .

3 – Akshay Sethi is appearing in a new show ” Sasural Genda Phool “ on Star Plus.

4 – Umar Wani is appearing in a show ” Dharampatni “ on Imagine TV .

5 – Ashmit Patel is anchoring a show ” Bindass Buddies “ on UTV Bindass.

Out of many shows running on various channels , above mentioned  ……………. 05 ………………….shows have  ………………… 05 ……………….. students trained by me . Out of them  …………………. 04 ……………… are serials and ………….. 01 ……….. is reality show .

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Theatre & Me :

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1 – Perizaad Zorabian Irani and Vinay Jain are working in ” Dinner With Friends  ”  , a play by Feroz Abbas Khan .

2 – Manav Gohil and Asif Ali Beg are working in ” Kennedy Bridge  “ , a play by Khalid Mohamed .

3 – Saunil Daruwala is working in a play ” Kishan Kanhaiya “ with Paresh Rawal .

4 – Adhir Bhatt is working in  ” Bus Itna Sa Khwab ”  , a play by Chandrakant Kulkarni .

5 – Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal and Sonali Sachdev are working in  ” The Vagina Monologue ” , a play directed by Mahabanoo Mody – Kotwal .

Above mentioned ……………….. 05 …………………. new and repeat plays have ……….  08 ……………… students of mine .

VIDUR

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