Shammi Kapoor, a name which echoed enthusiasm, decency and positivity, has turned silent forever. Shammi Kapoor,79, passed away at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on Sunday morning due to chronic renal disease.

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The veteran actor known for his dynamism had cut a niche in the film industry at a time when the cinema was roaring aloud with high-end actors like Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar.

Being the son of Prithiviraj Kapoor and brother to the Raj Kapoor -- the show man – of the industry, it was not easy for Shammi Kapoor to create a mark of his own. With his debut in 1953, his shoulder was overburdened with loads of expectations.

Also, his movies in the following years always had a shadow of his brother Raj Kapoor.

But the roar of ‘yahoo’ in 1961 Junglee, directed by Subodh Mukherji, and with Shammi Kapoor, Saira Banu in the lead roles had the potential to shut the mouths of many, who said Shammi was a ‘shadow of Raj Kapoor.’

And began an era of Shammi Kapoor, which portrayed the fun-loving, boisterous, romantic and rebellious hero with his spellbinding performances in China Town, Dil Tera Deewana and Professor.

His Aaiya aaiya suku suku from Junglee, Baar Baar dekho from china town, Yeh chand sa roashan chehra from Kashmir ki kali, Aasan hai jaana mehfil se from Junglee, Kisi na kisise kabhi na kabhi from Kashmir ki kali are few of the songs which compels even the present generation to move their feet; the songs which are sung by generations also speak volumes in silence.

The ecstatic step of Shammi Kapoor’s dancing style had brought a new wave of dance form in the Indian Cinema. His dance was commonly known as rock-roll steps. When once asked him about his dance, Shammi said, “Don’t look at my step, I just do it..without thinking. ” But when you look back at his step.. you feel what an incredible contribution he had given to the Indian Cinema..the contribution which will only move on…, recalls his most favourite co-actress Sharmila Tagore.

Films like Rail Ka Dibba, Chor Bazaar, Shama Parvana, Hum Sab Chor Hain, Brahmachari, Memsaheb and Miss Coca Cola are few of the milestones achieved by Shammi Kapoor who was fondly known as 'Elvis Presley of India' in his vast career.

The only proposition which can possibly be dedicated to Shammi Kapoor, the ‘ultimate powerhouse’ Indian Cinema has ever produced, is a line from Pagla Kahin Ka, where Shammi acted opposite to Asha Parekh and echoed ‘Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paaoge.’

Jagran Post pays tribute to the veteran actor whose contribution would not only be remembered but also be felt by people for ever.

Nivedita Dash

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