For fans of Shammi Kapoor and Aamir Khan

'Trusted adviser' is among the more common terms in the corporate world. Those who are able to successfully retain and sustain its use over the long term probably understand its worth most. But the term is applicable to more than just business relationships, of course. And the relationships noted below are probably some of its more jeeta jaagtaa (living) examples.

Saw Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) this past weekend, and absolutely loved it! It was my first Shammi Kapoor film (shame on me for taking so long, but better late than never, right?), and I know there shall be plenty more (and of Sharmila Tagore too!). Saving my thoughts for the movie review in a few days. Couldn't have seen it at a more relevant time, because I know that the person saying this probably has a point:

"Often it's said that he's India's answer to Elvis Presley. But I disagree I feel Elvis is America's answer to Shammi Kapoor."

These were Aamir Khan's words at the recent Osian Cinefan Film Festival, where Mr. Kapoor was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This video really is a must-see!

What I liked about Shammi Kapoor's presentation was that he came across as not only very grateful, but also very humble. And after having seen Kashmir Ki Kali, I can at least begin to appreciate the magnitude of the statement in which he says he is incomplete without Mohammad Rafi. And Aamir's piece on a true actor's being an Aashiq (versus a Mashooq) is righteous. Well said! Here is a related piece and some more footage.


memsaab said...

Be still my heart :-) I love that man!!!

Look forward to your KKK review.

theBollywoodFan said...

He really has won me over as a fan, and this with only one film. Your love of him is amazing!

I look forward to reviewing Kashmir Ki Kali (KKK) as well. There is so much to discuss (mostly good). And Sharmila Tagore was quite a revelation. I'd only seen her in Rang De Basanti, I believe, in which she was brilliant (there's a song with her in the second video here) .

memsaab said...

Sharmila is a star :-) Very feisty usually, which is my kind of heroine. Gorgeous too!

See Junglee next---even though it costars Saira Banu (not one of my favorites) it's a great film.

theBollywoodFan said...

Will do, Memsaab. Thank you!

Sharmila's gorgeous, indeed. It's interesting you note how she's often feisty. Soha Ali had a fesity role in Rang De Basanti. If she got more roles like that, she might well be among the best. Contrast her in RDB with her in Ahista Ahista opposite Abhay Deol, which was about all right.

salek said...

Don’t be so hard on yourself. The only Shammi Kapoor film I’ve seen is Aur Pyar Ho Gaya (1997), and even then he only played a supporting role as Aishwarya Rai’s grandfather. I enjoyed the film, though being seven at the time I don’t remember much, but I can say that the music composed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was fantastic.

I completely agree that Mohammad Rafi played an integral role in Shammi Kapoor’s success. He was to Shammi Kapoor what Mukesh was to Raj Kapoor. My personal favorite Shammi-Rafi song is ‘O Haseena Zulfon Wali’ from Teesri Manzil (1966). When I first heard a clip of this song during a promo on Zee TV, I literally went mad, and this was back when I still hadn’t developed a taste for Bollywood’s golden melodies. The great Asha Bhosle also does an amazing job singing for Helen. Speaking of Teesri Manzil, make it the next Shammi Kapoor film you see after Junglee. Haven’t seen the film myself, but my dad who rarely watches Bollywood films anymore recommends it. It is one of the landmark soundtracks of Asha Bhosle‘s career. R.D. Burman’s music alone is reason enough to watch it. The film is a murder mystery and also stars Asha Parekh. During the making, Shammi Kapoor’s first wife, Geeta Bali, died, leaving him grief-stricken. But with the help of director Vijay Anand, Shammi Kapoor was able to overcome the personal tragedy and complete the film.

Another great Shammi Kapoor moment I thought was at this year’s Zee Cine Awards when a young singer paid homage to the actor with his rendition of ‘Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe’. It was great to see the veteran actor’s face just light up. Personally I think that even more than the accolades and awards what means the most to these stars of yesteryear is being remembered by their fans and the younger generations.

Unfortunately I haven’t seen a lot of Sharmila Tagore’s films either, but I liked her performance in Viruddh (2005) alongside Amitabh Bachchan.

Kind of off-topic: Maybe I’m just picky, but didn’t it strike you as odd to see Aamir Khan in a T-shirt and jeans for what is obviously a formal and prestigious event. Yes Aamir, we get it, you don’t care what others in the industry think of you, but how hard is it to wear a dress shirt and a pair of slacks? Just my personal opinion.

theBollywoodFan said...

Thanks for the bit on Teesri Manzil, Salek. I'll be sure to check that out as well. There seem to be so many good Shammi Kapoor movies, and I have somehow managed to be oblivious to them for all these years.

Agree completely about the fans playing an integral role in keeping up the spirits of the more accomplished actors. They are way beyond the point where they need any more popularity or money. Respect is probably the most difficult to earn and sustain, and Shammi Kapoor has managed to do that.

Aamir in T-shirt and've got a point. He did stop by unexpectedly, which means he probably hadn't scheduled an appearance. Yet, he really should have had at least a sports jacket on. No excuses. I'm with you buddy!

Anonymous said...

Shammi Kapoor was awesome in "Andaaz" - which also had Hema Malini, Rajesh Khanna and Simi in short roles.

Andaaz is also famous for its songs esp zingadi ek zafar hai suhana

theBollywoodFan said...

That is an awesome cast, Anonymous! Thank you for alerting me to the film. I'll be making my way through Shammi films, slowly but surely. Really enjoyed the ones I've seen so far.