Mumbai, Aug 14 (IBNS) Veteran Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor succumbed to renal failure in Mumbai on Sunday, said family sources. He was 79.
Kapoor, who was suffering from chronic renal failure since the last 7-8 years, breathed his last at Breach Candy Hospital around 5.15 am.
He was admitted to Breach Candy on Aug 7 after his condition was complicated by low blood pressure and an infection.
Kapoor was put on ventilator support on Friday after his condition deteriorated.
His last rites will be performed on Monday (Aug 15) at Ban Ganga crematorium here.
Shammi Kapoor, born as Shamsher Raj Kapoor on 21 October 1931, was a prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema during the late 1950s and 1960s.
A gadget freak and a dedicated Netizen, Kapoor was to jam with grand nephew Ranbir Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s film ‘Rockstar’.
His son-in-law Ketan Desai said his spirits never died despite going to hospital thrice a week for dialysis.
“His spirit never died. He always had a positive energy in him. I have never seen his face morose. He never showed his pains. He was always smiling and full of life,” said Desai.
“It is a terrible shock. Shammi Kapoor was a wonderful human being. He is eternal,” said Kapoor’s long-time co-star Saira Banu.
“Shammi Kapoor ji passed away this morning at 5:15 am .. Rushing there now .. the flamboyance and joie de verve of the Industry lost !” tweeted actor Amitabh Bachchan.
“Shammi ji … An entire life full of optimism and happy spirit, caring loving to all … Now suddenly silent,” he said.
Actor Hema Malini said: “A very sad day for the Hindi film industry.The film fraternity has lost one of the most loved actors and a much adored human being today, Shammiji.I had the most wonderful opportunity to work with him in the films- Andaz and Meera.He was a live-wire on and off the sets.
“So enthusiastic about his work and very dedicated to giving his best, Shammiji’s power-packed performances touched people’s hearts and his high level of energy was not limited to acting.”
“His presence anywhere drew attention. Although he was at the end of his career when I acted with him in Andaz,I was simply amazed at the way he performed the number, ‘Dil, use do jo jaan dede, jaan….’,” she said.
“The beloved Shri.Shammi Kapoor will be forever in the hearts and minds of every actor and film enthusiast as today marks the end of a youthful era,” Malini tweeted.
Born to film and theatre actor Prithviraj Kapoor, Shammi was the second of the three sons born to Prithviraj (the other two being Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor), both of whom were, like their father, successful Bollywood actors.
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.
Kapoor finished his schooling from New Era School, at Hughes Road.
Kapoor was hailed as one of the finest actors that Hindi cinema has ever produced. Extremely versatile as an actor, he 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, 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.
Shammi Kapoor met Geeta Bali in 1955, during the shooting of the film ‘Rangeen Raaten’. He was the leading actor and she played a cameo.
They fell in love, but since she was a year older to him and had acted with his elder brother and father, they were skeptical.
Four months after they first met, they married at Banganga Temples, near Napean Sea Road of Mumbai. Hari Walia as the sole witness. They informed their parents only after their marriage.
Shammi and Geeta lived a life of bliss in the coming years. They had a son, Aditya Raj Kapoor, on 1 July 1956, at Shirodkar’s Hospital, Mumbai, a year after they were married. Five years later, in 1961, they had a daughter, Kanchan.
Tragedy struck in 1965, during the filming of Teesri Manzil. Geeta died of small pox, leaving Shammi with two small children.
It led to a failed romance with Mumtaz, his co-star from Brahmchari (1968).
In 1969, he married his second wife Neela Devi Gohil from the Royal Family of Bhavnagar in Gujarat.
He was gaining weight rather significantly now and this ended his career as a romantic hero in the early 1970s. Andaz (1971) was one of his last hits.