My last memories of Shammi Kapoor were in Twitter last year when he invited Deepika Padukone for a cup of coffee. The man kept in with the rhythm of the world till his last moments. He was the one who ‘moved’ on screen to the rhythm. Men didn’t budge even when they were singing on silver screen in India. It was Shammi Kapoor who broke the stiff brigade and brought liveliness.
Of course there are going to be several Yahoo references floating around while remembering him from his legendary song from Junglee. But he was also a pioneer of technology users in India in his own way as one of the initial users of a dial-up internet connection and a Mac computer owner decades back.
He has many hit films and despite being part of the Kapoor clan, he has his own identity. Though as a very young child I remember his advertisements of Pan Parag. He even managed to be a forerunner of actors with another legend Ashok Kumar, for working in ads before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon.
Thanks to Dad, we’ve been repeatedly watching his ever-green flick ‘Teesri Manzil’. It always makes me wonder, how Mohd. Rafi’s voice suited Shammiji so well, it never felt like there was lip-sync involved there. I had a serious crush on the man when watching those classic black and whites like Dil Deke Dekho.
As time will have it, the technology he loved and had vision to embrace it before most of his country, today makes it possible for all of us to pay a verbal tribute to the legend. This post has to end with a song, and I can’t think of a better one than this at the moment: