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Shammi Kapur

Shammi Kapur

Shammi Kapoor (born Shamsher Raj Kapoor) was an Indian film actor and director. He was a prominent lead actor in Hindi cinema from the mid 1950s until the early 1970s and also made a debut in Tamil cinema with the 1992 crime drama Amaran. 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. He is widely hailed as one of the most entertaining and successful actors of Indian cinema. Kapoor, a part of the cinematic Kapoor family, made his film debut with the commercially unsuccessful Jeewan Jyoti (1953). Following some box-office flops, he emerged as a rising star with the light-hearted Tumsa Nahi Dekha (1957), which attained him the image of a stylish playboy and a dancing hero, a rare kind in Bollywood. Further recognition came with Dil Deke Dekho (1959), and he established himself with the blockbuster hit Junglee (1961). During the 1960s, Kapoor became one of the most marketable Bollywood stars with a number of highly successful and popular films; of which the major ones were Professor (1962), Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), Teesri Manzil (1966), An Evening In Paris (1967), Brahmachari (1968), Prince (1969) and Andaz (1971). However, his increasing weight proved an obstacle in his successful career in the early 70s, and he began playing supporting in films. Kapoor married actress Geeta Bali in 1955, with whom he had a son and a daughter. Bali died due to smallpox in 1965, and he had his second marriage with Neila Devi four years later. He died on 14 August 2011 due to chronic kidney failure, aged 79.
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