Shammi Kapoor- The First Postmodern Hero of Hindi Cinema


Like Literature,Cinema also tries to freeze the time..Hindi cinema is sometime ridiculed for being too cheesy and loud..but keeping aside all those hateful terms..yes it indeed showcased the actual pen picture of India (excluding some parts).
Focussing mainly upon the retro cinemas where Heroine only used to wear traditional clothes,Heroes were confined to poetry or Love Ode…for example Raj Kapoor,Dev Anand,Dilip Kumar or Rajendra Kumar. They were all great actors..but they were always within a watertight compartment of TRADITIONS.It was all about the beauty of loving and being loved..where was the youthful flamyboyance of love ?
Where was the kickass energy in their love proposal..more importantly where was the excitement in love ?
The raw exuberance in Love.
Well it came with the rockstar known as Shammi Kapoor.A scion of the filmy Kapoor family..whose young attitude towards love..and rocking eccentricity towards the aspect of being in love engrossed the whole nation alike….Mohd Rafi’s energetic voice and Kapoor’s Rock & Roll avatar(inspired by Elvis Presley) broke all the entaglement of goodboy image of Love..it gave birth to the Yahoooooooooooo feel in love.

He broke all the orthodox aspect of love..He expressed freely..he loved bravely and most importantly he made the audience believe.. “To Love is to Enjoy”… oh yes He was one of the earliest Hero to dance on the silver screen.I consider him as John Donne of Indian Cinema.

I have been always a fan of those great songs..Let us take a look at some of them..I hope you will be able to relate with these Legendary songs.Enjoy Folks.

1.Aasmaan Se Aya Farishta (An Evening in Paris)

The Leading lady (Sharmila Tagore) in bikini..a blue sea with skimpy clads extra…some great deal of aquatic adventure..and the daring angel Shammi arrives in Helicopter to woo his Lady Love..Yeah !.

2.Badan pe Sitare (Prince)

Shammi Kapoor looks angry..and he gives Vyajantimala the ultimatum..Where you are going in those glittery attire ?Do come over here. The authoritative tone is actualy very cool.

3.Yahoo…(Junglee).

Tennyson once wrote “Break,Break,Break “.. Shammi did it..He cried out in excitement..he confirmed that he is the beast…He is the wild fellow..overflowing with love hormone.The silent Saira banu..Prakash Raj’s loud cry “Yahoo”..It is immortal and path breaking.He was the Dewaana .

4.O hassena Zulfowali (Teesri Manzil)

Again… a bitter sweet approach in love..making his beloved jealous..and pairing up with Helen..That famous White Dinner Jacket.Sexy Man…

5. Yeh Chand sa Roshan Chehra(kashmir ki Kali)

Sharmila’s innocent beauty,Shammi’s crazy antics on Shikara..Beautiful in every aspect.. “Main Khoj Hoon Manzil ki..aur manzil pass hain mere “… This one makes you fall in love again and again.Ranbir Kapoor did it again in “Rockstar”.

6.Aajkal Tere Mere Pyar Charche (Brahmachari)

Shammi opnely flaunts his love..Mumtaz dancing with those thumkas..and the jealous look on Pran’s face… Shammi enjoying the moment…Yaba yaba do.

7.Bar Bar Dekho (China Town)

Black & White one…i haven’t seen the movie..but he is asking everyone in the restaurant to take a look at his beloved..I gurantee you..he is the originator of Relationship status on facebook..Yes I am in love.. everyone have a look at my beloved.

8.Aaja aaja Main hoon Pyar Tera (Teesri Manzil)

A bit seductive..but never vulgar..Mohd Rafi was too good as usual..But Asha Parekh(Asha Bhosle) stole the show..it was like “Come over here my love”..and Shammi..yes he was legendary over here.

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