Sunday, August 14, 2011

Veteran Actor Shammi Kapoor passes away

A prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema during late 1950s and 1960s, Shammi Kapoor passed away today at 5.15 am. He was suffering from Renal Chronic failure and was admitted at Breach candy hospital, where he breathed his last. Born on October 21, 1931 in a Punjabi Khatri family, he is an Indian film actor and director.

Veteran actor Shammi was the second of the three sons born to Prithviraj (the other two being Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor). Though born in Mumbai, he 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. After coming back to Mumbai, he first went to St. Joseph's Convent (Wadala) and then, to Don Bosco School. Shammi Kapoor finished his schooling from New Era School, at Hughes Road.

Extremely versatile actor, he debuted in Bollywood in 1953 with the film Jeevan Jyoti, and 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.