Shammi Kapoor’s 83rd birth anniversary: The eternal stylish playboy and Rockstar of B-town

On his 83rd birth anniversary, we feel that he has handed down these qualities as legacy to his grand-nephew. Let’s take a look at Shammi’s contribution to Indian cinema

Born on 21st October, 1930, it’s Shammi Kapoor’s 83rd birth anniversary today. The actor who passed away two years ago on August 14th 2011 is still fresh in people’s minds as the Elvis Presley of our nation. The actor was known for his unique dancing style gave Bollywood some rock n’ roll numbers like O haseena zulfon wali and Aaja aaja main hoon pyaar tera to tap their feet to.

Shammi Kapoor was born as Shamsher Raj Kapoor to film and theatre actor Prithviraj Kapoor and Ramsharni Kapoor. With his father being an established figure in B-town and an elder brother (Raj Kapoor) who had attained equal name and fame, Shammi had a lot to live upto when he joined filmdom. He made his film debut with Jeevan Jyoti opposite Chand Usmani. Though he started off with serious roles, he had soon attained the image of a light-hearted playboy. He usually choreographed his own dance moves to dance his way to win people’s hearts. The late actor has several hits to his name 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.