IIFI pays homage to Shammi Kapoor

Panaji, Dec 1 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) paid ‘Homage’ to the great Bollywood actor of all times Shammi Kapoor by showcasing his performance on the silver screen.

Hailed as one of the finest actors that Hindi cinema has ever produced, Shammi Kapoor was one of the leading stars of Hindi cinema from the late 1950s to early 70’s.

He made his debut with ‘Jeevan Jyoti’ in 1953.

Initially Shammi Kapoor started with serious roles but Nasir Hussain directed ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’(1957) and ‘Dil Deke Dekho’(1959) which changed the tide for him and he came to assume the image of a light hearted and stylish playboy. His good looks and physique complimented his image.

He also tried his hand in directorial ventures like ‘Manoranjan’(1974) and ‘Bundal Baaz’(1976).

The film, ‘Professor’ being showcased at IFFI has been directed by Lekh Tandon and stars the yesteryears actress, Kalpana and Lalita Pawar.

It is the story of Pritam, a young man who desperately needs a job to pay for his mother’s treatment.He finds about a job of tutoring two women and two school going children.

The catch is that their guardian, Sita Devi will only hire an old man for the job. Pritam disguises himself as an old man and takes up the job.

Eventually, all comes to light and Pritam and his heroine are united. The youthful music by Shankar Jaikishen dazzles the audiences and has been a part of all time hit tunes.

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